Otolaryngologists, also known as ENTs, are specialized in taking care of medical and surgical problems that arise in the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, more than 12,000 otolaryngologists practice in the United States. At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, we are pleased to benefit from the expertise of our very own otolaryngology team as they provide care for our patients who have problems related to their ears, nose, throat, head, and neck.
Read on to learn more about otolaryngology and the types of services offered by our otolaryngology team.
What Is Otolaryngology?
The word “otolaryngology” is a mouthful, and, interestingly, the word itself partially refers to the mouth, too. Otolaryngology describes the medical specialty that is devoted to taking care of your ears (“oto-”), nose, throat (“larynx”), head, and neck. For simplicity’s sake, many people refer to doctors who practice otolaryngology (otolaryngologists) as “ENTs,” an acronym that stands for ear, nose, and throat.
Otolaryngologists are trained in the treatment of patients with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders, as well as diseases or illnesses related to the sinuses, larynx, mouth, and throat.
Medical Problems an Otolaryngologist Manages
Otolaryngologists use their medical and surgical skills to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. According to the National Library of Medicine, an otolaryngologist sees three top conditions: otitis media (middle ear infections), chronic sinusitis (chronic sinus infections), and impacted cerumen (ear wax impactions).
Your primary care medical provider will help you initially manage an ear, nose, or throat problem. However, if the problem recurs or worsens, you may be referred to an ENT.
Conditions that are commonly managed by an ENT include:
- Recurrent tonsillitis (sometimes managed with the surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoid glands)
- Recurrent middle ear infections
- Ear wax removal
- Eardrum perforations
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Hearing loss
- Neck lumps
- Bell’s palsy
- Mouth sores
- Swallowing disorders
- Sleep apnea
- Salivary problems
- Swimmer’s ear
- Foreign body impactions
- Thyroid disorders
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Tinnitus (ear ringing)
ENT doctors also perform facial plastic and reconstructive surgeries, nasal surgeries, sinus surgeries, and thyroid surgeries. They can also place cochlear implants.
Learn More about Otolaryngology Services
At Lompoc Health, we are honored to partner with a team of excellent and compassionate otolaryngologists. Our ENT doctors work hard to provide comprehensive care for their patients, from the neck on up. If you think you may have a problem related to the ears, nose, throat, head, or neck, you may be able to receive a diagnosis and treatment from our primary care team.
However, if your problem persists, or if you would like an ENT consultation, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Our ENT Providers
We understand that the relationship between you and your physician is a partnership. That’s why our physicians will strive involve you in decisions that affect your health and wellness.