Ear, Nose and Throat
Treating Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions for Patients of All Ages
Otolaryngology – commonly referred to as ENT – is the medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders related to the ear, nose and throat (ENT). ENT doctors treat patients of all ages, but each age group has its own unique needs that lead them to seek treatment.
Common ENT issues in adults
When adults seek help from an ENT, generally it is for one of the following conditions:
- Sinus infections - Common in adults and teens, sinus infections can range from mildly annoying to chronic and debilitating. Chronic sinus infections may require surgery.
- Age-related hearing loss - As a person ages, hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons. ENT specialists, collaborating with our audiologists, work to pinpoint the amount of hearing loss and prescribe hearing aids and other assistive devices.
- Head and neck cancers - An ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose potentially fatal cancers of the head and neck. ENT specialists also treat problems such as snoring and difficulty swallowing.
Ear, nose and throat conditions in children
When children see an ear, nose and throat doctor, it is often for a chronic condition like repeated earaches or tonsillitis. Treatments vary for these conditions, but in some cases, surgery becomes necessary to correct more serious pediatric ENT conditions. Our team of physicians includes specialists in pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions, ensuring each child gets the best care possible.
When surgery is necessary, Franciscan Health makes every effort to provide families the information they need to feel comfortable with their upcoming appointment. On the day of surgery, parents will be involved in every step of the process, being kept informed along the way of the progress of the procedure. Our specialists are aware of the anxiety a parent can feel when a child is in surgery and takes every effort to provide parents comfort and put their minds at ease.