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What is an Otolaryngologist?

Dr. Sims, Dr. Morris and Dr. Ebelhar are otolaryngologists, commonly referred to as ENT physicians. Otolaryngologists are specialists trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck.


What do we treat?

Ears

Otolaryngologists treat hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders. They also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

Nose

One of the most common health complaints in America is chronic sinusitis which affects about 35 million people each year. Otolaryngologists care for the nasal cavity and sinuses for such problems as allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. They can also surgically correct the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty).

Throat

Communicating and eating all involve the throat. Otolaryngologists are experts in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box), and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.

Head and Neck

In the head and neck area are the important functions of sight, smell, hearing, and the appearance of the face. Otolaryngologists treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.


How are we trained?

Otolaryngologists complete up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. To obtain certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an applicant must complete college (four years), medical school (four years) and at least five years of specialty training, and must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination.


Why should you see an otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are specialists trained in both medicine and surgery and, therefore, can offer the most appropriate care for each patient. They do not need to refer patients to other physicians when surgery is needed. They are the most appropriate physicians to treat disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.