Otolaryngologists are medical specialists trained in the treatment for disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT). They commonly are referred to as ENT physicians. Their specialty includes diagnosing, treating and managing the following conditions:
Allergic rhinitis (allergies or hay fever)
- Cosmetic surgery for the face
- Ears, including hearing loss, hearing aids, chronic ear disease and cochlear implants
- Facial trauma including broken noses and other bones
- Larynx (voice box)
- Meniere's disease
- Mouth, including medical and surgical treatment of tonsils
- Oral cavity
- Salivary gland disorders
- Sinus disease
- Skull base tumors
- Sleep apnea
- Structures of the neck and face
- Thyroid disorders
- Upper pharynx (mouth and throat)
What Otolaryngologists Treat
About 17 percent of adults in the United States, 36 million, report some degree of hearing loss. Otolaryngologists are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. They also manage disorders of the outer and inner ear.
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through and the appearance of the nose are also part of otolaryngologists' expertise.
Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
Head and Neck
This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma and deformities of the face.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a otolaryngologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis.
The Washington University Ear, Nose & Throat Center is located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 123. The address is 1040 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.
The Washington University Voice & Airway Center is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 205. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.
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