Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, as well as structures of the neck and face.
Some of our physicians have special expertise in complex otologic surgeries for hearing restoration, infection control, and dizziness management. We are the providers of pediatric and adult cochlear implantation services and support for northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.
The ears – Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders of the outer and inner ear.
The nose – About 35 million people chronic sinusitis each year, making it the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Problems in the nasal area included smell disorders, polyps, deviated septum, and appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty surgery).
The throat – Communicating and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Specific to otolaryngologist 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 included 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 by performing both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.