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.
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:
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.
Individuals who are suffering from any of the following diseases or infections can consult ENT specialist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENT doctors can perform many head and neck surgeries along with diagnostic procedures and few of them are:
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.
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.
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.
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.