Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re considering visiting an ENT specialist or are simply curious about what our specialists do, you likely have a few questions. To help clarify, here’s a list of frequently asked questions that people often have about ENT specialists and their care. These cover many topics, from the conditions our specialists treat to the treatments we offer. Remember, it’s always essential to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your health. Here are the FAQs:
1. What conditions do ENT specialists treat?
ENT specialists treat a wide range of conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat, as well as related structures in the head and neck. These conditions include hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sinusitis, allergies, smell disorders, polyps, voice and swallowing disorders, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancers.
2. When should I see an ENT specialist?
You should see an ENT specialist if you have persistent symptoms involving your ears, nose, or throat that are not improving or are getting worse. Common symptoms include persistent ear pain, frequent ear infections, nasal congestion, sinus pain, throat pain, voice changes, difficulty swallowing, snoring, or sleep disturbances.
3. What does an ENT examination involve?
An ENT examination typically involves a physical inspection of the ears, nose, throat, neck, and sometimes the upper respiratory tract. Your ENT specialist may use a special lighted scope to get a better look at these areas. Additional tests, such as hearing tests or imaging studies, may also be ordered, depending on your symptoms and your particular healthcare needs.
4. What is the difference between an ENT and an audiologist?
An ENT is a medical doctor who can diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures. Some can perform surgery if needed. An audiologist is a healthcare professional who can identify, diagnose, and manage disorders of auditory and vestibular systems but does not perform surgery. Audiologists specialize in treating hearing loss and balance disorders and are experts in fitting hearing aids and other assistive devices.
5. What types of treatments do ENT specialists offer?
Treatment options depend on the specific condition but can range from medication to manage symptoms to surgical procedures. Some common ENT procedures include tonsillectomies, placing ear tubes, sinus surgeries, removal of head and neck tumors, and corrective surgeries for sleep apnea.
6. Do ENT specialists treat children?
Many ENT specialists treat adults and children; some have had additional training to become pediatric ENTs. At The ENT Center in Lancaster, PA, we serve patients of all ages! So, if you or your child have ear, nose, or throat issues, we can help.
7. Do I need a referral to see an ENT specialist?
Whether you need a referral or not depends on your specific insurance plan. Some plans require a referral from a primary care physician before seeing a specialist, while others do not. It’s best to check with your insurance company to understand your coverage before scheduling an appointment with a Lancaster ENT specialist.
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