What is an Otolaryngologist?
Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in both the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with disorders and diseases of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are more commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
What do they treat?
ENT doctors are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, ear pain, dizziness, balance disorders, ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. Care of the sinuses and nasal cavity is an area of expertise for ENT doctors. Some problems in the nasal area include: nasal allergies, smell disorders, polyps, nasal obstructions, deviated septums.
Talking, singing, drinking and eating all involve this vital area. ENT doctors have special knowledge and skill in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box) including voice and swallowing disorders.
What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a licensed hearing healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in adults and children. You can think of an audiologist primarily as a “hearing doctor.” They also specialize in hearing protection, conservation, and in hearing aid selection and fitting.
Hearing loss is one of America’s leading disabilities, with 1 in 10 Americans having hearing loss that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Hearing problems can range from ear wax impactions that obstruct hearing and are simply removed in the office to more complex diagnoses.