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1What is an Otolaryngologist
An otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases as well as related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists are also referred to as ENT doctors or physicians.
2How do ENT specialists differ from physicians?
ENT specialists differ from many physicians in that they are trained in both medicine and surgery. Otolaryngologists do not need to refer patients to other physicians when ear, nose, throat, or head/neck surgery is needed and, therefore, can offer the most appropriate care for each individual patient.
3What is the treatment for an ear infection?
The majority of ear infections will run their course in about a week. Pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications, eardrops, and warm compresses. If a bacterial infection is the cause, antibiotics are prescribed. Children who experience chronic ear infections may benefit from ear tubes.
4What are the signs of hearing loss?
Symptoms of hearing loss include difficulty understanding what others are saying, asking people to repeat themselves, struggling to hear in crowded places with distracting background noise, perceiving that others are mumbling or not speaking clearly, listening to the television or radio at a higher volume than others and experiencing a ringing or buzzing in the ears. You may find yourself withdrawing from social situations in order to avoid conversation and also might experience depression.
5What causes nasal obstruction?
In addition to sinusitis, nasal obstruction may be the result of a deviated septum, enlargement of the nasal turbinates, adenoid enlargement or nasal polyps. There are surgical solutions for these conditions when indicated.
6What causes hoarseness?
Hoarseness, due to irritation of the larynx, is commonly caused by upper respiratory infections, reflux of stomach acid and/or postnasal drip.
7What causes snoring?
Snoring typically is caused by vibration of tissues within the oral pharynx (the uvula and palate). Nasal obstruction can be another cause. In mild snoring, these measures may help: losing weight, sleeping on your side rather than your back, avoiding sedatives and alcohol. Surgery can reduce the size of the soft tissue of uvula and palate, and also relieve nasal obstruction.
8Do I need a referral to see a specialist?
You are welcome to come with a referral from e.g. your general practitioner outlining the reason for your consultation. This is however not a requirement, and anybody can call to make an appointment without a referral from another doctor.