Frequently Asked Questions
Who should see an Otolaryngologist?
Patients are referred to our practice when they have a specific medical condition that requires our specialist’s attention. Some plans require a referral from the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) before they can be seen by our physicians. In order to avoid delays, the patient should bring the required referral information to their appointment. See our list of Managed Care Plans.
What is an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat physician) OTOLARYNGOLOGIST?
ENT and Otolaryngologist (pronounced OH-TOE-LAIR-EN-GOL-O-GIST) mean the same thing. The doctors in this specialty are concerned with the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck in patients of all ages. Our physicians are not only ENT doctors but are board certified and have completed five or more years of post-medical school specialty training in order to be board certified in this field. This advanced specialized training includes areas such as:
- SKIN & FACE: cancer and rehabilitatin of facial paralysis
- NOSE & SINUSES: allergy, sinus infection, breathing, tumors, and disorders of taste and smell
- EARS: balance disorders, infections, tumors, repair of external ear deformities, and hearing testing and treatment by surgery or with hearing aids
- MOUTH: fractures of the jaw and facial bones, diseases of the mouth (oral cancers, lesions, sores)
- THROAT & VOICE BOX: swallowing and breathing problems, infections, tumors, speech and voice diagnosis
- NECK: tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, saliva-producing glands, and other neck cancers
What is Audiology?
Audiology is the study of hearing, its disorders, and the rehabilitation of individuals with these impairments. Audiologists hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree in audiology and evaluates an individual’s hearing to determine the nature and extent of hearing loss, make medical referrals if necessary, and provide appropriate treatments.