When you are suffering from health problems in areas like ears, nose, throat as well as head and neck consult an Otolaryngologist. These specialists are more popularly known as ENTs.
You can go for an ENT visit if you are facing any of these concerns:
Ear infection or trouble in hearing and maintaining body balance.
Nasal discomforts like sinusitis, abnormal nasal growths, and allergies.
Throat troubles which include tonsillitis, vocal issues, and difficulty during swallowing.
Development of sleep-related troubles which involve snoring, irregular breathing and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Any kind of infections in the head and neck region.
In this branch of medicine, while some doctors specialize in environmental and food-related allergies others perform cosmetic surgeries including face and nose reconstructions. Laryngologists are trained in treating voice issues and cure swallowing related concerns. Specialists who are only concerned with ear related hazards like partial hearing, feeling of dizziness and buzzing within your ears are called Otologist. Paediatric ENTs treat head and neck related birth defects and help if there is a speech problem.
Otolaryngologists need to complete 4 years of training in an accredited medical school. This is followed by a minimum of 5 years of special training. On completion of the training, ae candidate has to pass an examination to earn a certificate issued by the Indian Board of Otolaryngology.
Your doctor will first investigate the ailment and proceed with required medical and surgical treatment.
Sinus infection, nasal fracture, allergic rhinitis, deafness, age-related or sudden hearing loss, tonsils, neck cancer, thyroid nodules are some of the primary concerns.
Most of the elective surgeries are covered by the insurance provider from the second year of initiating the policy. Emergency cases are covered from the very beginning of the policy.
Any form of ENT surgeries can affect your voice to varying extent directly or indirectly.
Lifestyle changes post-surgery affect body weight as well as your eating and drinking habits.
ENT appointment fees 350 (INR) to 600(INR)
Rhinoplasty 30,000(INR) to 1Lakh (INR)
Hearing aid (basic device) 24,990 (INR)
Tonsillitis surgery 15,000 (INR) to 85,000(INR)
ENT doctors are highly specialized in performing a certain type of treatments and surgeries like:
Sinus Surgery - which involves minimal invasion and is treated on an outpatient basis.
Removal of tonsils – When conducted within suitable time-period reduces complications.
Sleep or snoring disorder surgery – Helps clear any unnecessary blockage or growth in the nasal passage.
Corrective irregular breathing surgery – It is gradually becoming a substitute for therapeutics to cure chronic problems.
A laryngoscopy – It may be either diagnostic or surgical; helps improve the functioning of larynx.