At Providence Health & Services, we have specialists in otolaryngology – treating the ear, nose and throat – who are expert in a range of disorders from hay fever to head and neck cancers.
A large proportion of doctor office visits in the United States are for patients whose complaints involve the ear, nose or throat.
The “ENT” sees patients of all ages, treating children with persistent ear infections and nose and throat conditions that require treatments ranging from medication to surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an ENT for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss and cancers of these regions.
Your primary care physician will examine your ears, nose and throat during regular visits and refer you to a specialist as necessary. An infection, for example, can be treated during a doctor visit, but if it persists, and ENT will help diagnose any serious condition.