Ear, Nose and Throat

When you get an ear infection, sore throat, or stuffy nose, you can rely on your Mercy primary care provider to take care of it quickly. But when ear infections or other nose or throat problems keep coming back, you may need to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, also called an otolaryngologist.

ENT specialists can help patients with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Allergies/sinusitis
  • Audiology services
  • Balance disorders
  • Cochlear implants
  • Ear infections
  • Facial trauma
  • Fitting of hearing aids and other devices
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Hearing loss
  • Infections of the neck
  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum
  • Smell and taste disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Voice and speech disorders

If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, talk to your primary care provider about getting a referral to a Mercy ENT physician or schedule an appointment directly with a Mercy ENT Clinic. It’s important to check with your insurance company first, though, to make sure they will cover the cost of your visit without a referral.

Your Mercy ENT will discuss the symptoms you’re experiencing and your medical history and perform a thorough exam of your ears, nose and throat.

Depending on the reason for your visit, you might need a hearing test, called an audiogram, before seeing the ENT. The audiogram is conducted by a Mercy audiologist and lasts about 30 minutes. We try to schedule the ENT appointment right after the audiogram if possible.

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