Otolaryngology is a medical specialty that focuses on the treatment and management of people with conditions that affect the ear, nose and throat as well as the structures of the neck and head that relate to them. It is a very old specialty – in fact, it is the oldest in the U.S.
Here are some of the specific treatments typically associated with otolaryngology.
Ears – An otolaryngologist spends a great deal of his or her time treating disorders that affect the ears. These include balance disorders, ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and more.
Nose – Otolaryngology also includes the treatment of problems affecting the nose, such as sinusitis, smell disorders, allergies, polyps and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum.
Throat – Otolaryngologists also manage diseases of the throat, larynx and esophagus.
How to Choose an Otolaryngologist
An otolaryngologist differs from many other types of doctors in that he or she is trained in both surgery and medicine. If you have any condition affecting the ears, nose or throat, an otolaryngologist will not have to refer you to another doctor. However, you need to take your time when choosing one.
For example, you need to ask each doctor about the type of medical training and education he or she underwent and find out what kind of license or board certification he or she may have. Find out each doctor’s area of specialty, and whether or not the doctor has any subspecialties. You should also know each doctor’s office location and what types of insurance he or she accepts.
At McKinney ENT Clinic, a doctor specializing in otolaryngology can effectively treat any ear, nose or throat condition you or a loved one may be experiencing. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (214) 383-5955.