When you get an ear infection, you can rely on your Mercy primary care physician to treat it quickly. But when ear infections or other nose or throat problems keep coming back, you may need to see a specialist called an otolaryngologist, or ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor.
ENT doctors diagnose and manage diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. A board-certified ENT specialist has completed at least five years of specialty training and passed a certification examination for the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Subspecialties of ENT doctors include pediatric otolaryngology (children), otology/neurotology (ears, balance, and tinnitus), allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck, laryngology (throat) and rhinology (nose).
ENT specialists can assist patients with a wide range of clinical services, including:
If you’re dealing with one of these conditions or another problem that affects your ears, nose, throator a related area, ask your primary care doctor if a Mercy ENT specialist may be able to help.