The role of an ear nose and throat specialist is to deal with patients after their primary care physician has exhausted the standard medical treatment. This could mean medications were unsuccessful or issues have gotten worse.
Ear nose and throat specialists cover (you guessed it) any issues in the ears, the nose, and the throat.
Some common ear issues these specialists treat are hearing loss, wax blockage, fluid in the ear, and ear infections. When it comes to the nose, they deal with nasal obstruction and chronic sinus problems.
Lastly for the throat, specialists deal with thyroid problems and neck masses.
While they are many medical issues that ear nose and throat specialist covers, the most common is sleep disturbance issues caused by snoring or sleep apnea. For these issues, ear nose and throat specialists work in coordination with neurologists and sleep, doctors. Treatments could include getting patients fitted with CPAP, surgical treatments, or mild treatments like retainers that prevent the obstruction of air.
To learn more about the treatment areas that ear nose and throat specialists cover and when you should see one, watch the video above!