Who are ENT specialists?
Field of medicine that deals with the study of ear, nose, and throat or head and neck are Otorhinolaryngology. ENT specialists or Otorhinolaryngologists are the doctors who are specialized in diagnosing and treating medical conditions and diseases related to the ear, nose, and throat.
What are the qualifications of the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist?
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be an ENT Specialist:
- MS - ENT
- MRCS - ENT
- CCST - Otolaryngology
- Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)
- Diplomate in American Board of Otolaryngology
- FRCS - Otolaryngology
- Ph D - ENT
- DNB - Otorhinolaryngology
- Diploma in ENT
- FCPS - Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
- DNB - ENT
How often should I visit an ENT specialist?
If you have been diagnosed with any of the ear, nose, or throat related diseases or infections, then you must visit ENT specialist on a regular basis until the medical condition is treated. However, for a general checkup of the condition of ears, nose, and throat, one can visit ENT specialist on a yearly basis.
Why should you consult ENT specialist?
Individuals who are suffering from any of the following diseases or infections can consult ENT specialist.
- Injury to ear, nose or throat
- Severe snoring
- Dysphagia (Difficulty swallowing)
- Ear infection (Otitis media)
- Hearing aids
- Hearing loss
- Swimmer’s ear (Otitis Externa)
- Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
- Tonsils & adenoid problems
Are ENT specialists and Otorhinolaryngologist the same?
Yes, ENT specialists and Otorhinolaryngologists are the same. Otorhinolaryngologist is often called ENT doctor in short. They are specialized in treating diseases related to ear, nose, and throat.
Can ENT doctors treat my asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition in which airways of an individual become inflamed, swollen & narrow and produce extra mucus. This can lead to breathing difficulty, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. ENT specialists can diagnose and plan an appropriate treatment course to treat asthma.
Can ENT doctors treat by mouth cancer?
If a patient has been diagnosed with mouth cancer, they can consult their oncologist and can be referred to the doctors who are specialized in treating patients with mouth cancer. So, most of the doctors who treat mouth cancer are ENT doctors or Otolaryngologists.
Should I pre-book the appointment with ENT specialist?
One can consult ENT specialist either online or directly at the hospital. Depending on the availability of the doctor and convenience of the patient, one can prebook the consultation time with the ENT specialist. However, few doctors may not provide a pre-booking option.
What surgeries can be performed by ENT doctors?
ENT doctors can perform many head and neck surgeries along with diagnostic procedures and few of them are:
- Sinus surgery
- Nose surgery
- Ear surgery
- Tonsil removal
- Sleep disorder surgery
- Corrective breathing surgery
- Airway reconstruction surgery
- Dental implant surgery
- Facial fracture repair surgery
- Facial reconstruction
- Hearing implant surgery
- Lip surgery
- Microvascular reconstruction
Can I consult an ENT specialist for my ear infection [Otitis media]?
Infection behind the eardrum is called as Otitis media. This is a middle ear infection and commonly seen in adults. Any patient who is suffering from Otitis media or any other ear infection can consult ENT specialists to get treated.
Can ENT doctors perform a Nose job or Rhinoplasty?
Yes, ENT doctors can perform Rhinoplasty or Nose job. Few ENT specialists have an additional year of fellowship training and become certified Facial Plastic Surgeons. However, a Plastic Surgeon can also perform a Nose job or Rhinoplasty.
Will throat surgery affect my voice?
People who are planning to have a throat or thyroid or upper chest surgery have an increased risk of vocal cord nerve damage. But the surgeons who are well experienced and skilled can take care of the patient in all possible ways to avoid any damage to the vocal cords during the surgery.
Does ear surgery affect my hearing ability?
If one has been diagnosed with hearing loss, ENT specialist may suggest ear surgery [cochlear implant surgery or implantable hearing aids] depending on the type of hearing loss. This helps individuals to restore hearing ability. However, if the ear reconstructive surgery is performed to restore the shape and size of the ear, then hearing ability will not be affected.