Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/gol/oh/jee) is a medical specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. It is the oldest medical specialty in the United States and is commonly referred to as "ENT".
Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face.
The ears - Hearing loss effects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of Otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
The nose - About 25 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. DaVita Medical Group's ENT physicians offer a simple in-office procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty that can give sinus-sufferers lasting relief! Visit the Balloon Sinuplasty tab for more information. Problems in the nasal area include allergies, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. Otolaryngologists can also correct the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty surgery).
The throat - Communicating (speech and signing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Specific to Otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box), and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The head and neck - This area of the body includes the important functions of sight, smell, hearing, and the appearance of the face. In the head and neck area, Otolaryngologists are trained to treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Why would I need to see an Otolaryngologist?
There are many reasons why a person may need to see an Otolaryngologist. Our Board-Certified Otolaryngologist is frequently asked to evaluate the following problems but can treat much more:
Dizziness/Vertigo Ear Aches Sinus Pressure Headaches etc.
DaVita Medical Group Otolaryngology also offers cosmetic surgery, facial plastic surgery, Botox and Juvederm. Click here or contact us at 719-635-5148 for more information.
Reference: American Academy of Otolaryngology http://www.entnet.org/healthinformation/Otolaryngologist.cfm
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1 Han JK, Marple BF, Smith TL et al. IFAR.2012; 2:271-279.
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Voice problems can limit our ability to communicate and can hamper our daily activities - particularly in the case of those who use their voices professionally. Voice disorders can be caused by chronic misuse and overuse as well as more serious conditions such as polyps, cysts, or even laryngeal cancer. Commonly reported symptoms of a voice problem may include:
Digital Laryngeal Stroboscopy is a high-resolution imaging technology used in the leading voice clinics and academic hospitals worldwide to accurately evaluate voice problems. Stroboscopy uses a flashing light which creates a slow-motion view of the vocal folds to clearly identify abnormalities in vocal fold movement that cannot be observed using any other technique. This technology allows for a more comprehensive examination and, ultimately, more accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment planning.
As one of only a few providers of Digital Laryngeal Stroboscopy in the Pikes Peak region, Dr. David Book provides the benefit of this cutting-edge technology for the evaluation of voice.
To arrange a voice evaluation, please call 719-635-5148.
Audiologists examine people of all ages and work to assess the nature and extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them. They also use computer equipment to evaluate and diagnose balance disorders. Audiologists interpret the examination results and determine and administer the course of treatment. Throughout treatment, they can assess the effectiveness of treatment and change the plan as it becomes necessary. Treatment may include examining and cleaning the ear canal, recommending, fitting and dispensing hearing aids, and fitting and programming cochlear implants.
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