ENT Specialists: What Does an Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor Do?
An ENT specialist (otorhinolaryngologist) is a doctor who specialises in diseases that affect the ears, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck.
Medical conditions treated by ENT specialists
Common examples of medical conditions that ENT specialists treat include:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Ear infections
- Ear drum problems
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- Trapped foreign body
Head and neck
- Surgical conditions
- Tumours involving the structures of the neck
Procedures performed by ENT Specialists
Treatment provided by an ENT specialist may involve administration of medication, either tablets or in drop form.
Alternatively operative treatment may be required. There are numerous different ENT procedures that an ENT surgeon can perform, including:
- Operations on the ear, salivary glands, nose, larynx and throat
- Cosmetic operations
What to expect at your first visit with an ENT specialist
Your ENT specialist will ask about your symptoms, their duration and any associated medical problems.
Your ENT specialist’s examination will vary according to your presentation. They will generally examine your ears, nose and throat but will then spend more time on the area of concern.
ENT specialist typically use fibreoptic equipment and examining microscopes to assist in their examination.
Specialty areas of interest
- Paediatric ENT
- ENT cancers
Training and qualifications
Also known as
- ENT surgeon
- Head and neck surgeon
- ENT doctor
- Ear nose throat doctor
- Find an ENT specialist
- ASOHNS – The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgey
- RACS – Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
- Wikipedia – Otorhinolaryngology
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This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt, HealthEngine recommends consulting with a registered health practitioner.