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What is an ENT Doctor? How Can They Help?

An ENT doctor, or otolaryngologist, is a healthcare provider who treats many common ailments of the ear, nose, and throat. Many people don’t realize that an ENT can help them overcome uncomfortable allergy symptoms, achieve better quality sleep, address hearing problems, and more. 

Read on to learn about ENT doctors and how they can improve your overall wellness. 

What is an ENT Doctor?

ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat. An ENT doctor diagnoses and treats concerns that affect these parts of the body. They’re trained and licensed to provide both surgical and non-surgical therapies. 

The official term for an ENT doctor is an otolaryngologist. As a specialist, this type of healthcare provider undergoes five years of residency training after graduating from medical school. Some otolaryngologists specialize further (such as reconstructive surgery and pediatric otolaryngology) with additional years of education. 

What Can an ENT Help With?

An ENT doctor can help with an extensive range of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • A chronic cough, sore throat, or runny nose
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Severe allergies
  • Sinus pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Hearing loss
  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps and tumors
  • Vocal cord dysfunction or paralysis
  • Oral, thyroid, laryngeal, nasopharyngeal, and thyroid cancer
  • Ménière’s disease

When to See an ENT Doctor

Seeing an ENT doctor is a smart choice if you’re experiencing symptoms in the nose, ears, or throat that are severe or don’t subside with at-home remedies. Your ENT will complete a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose your concern and determine the best treatment approach to alleviate your symptoms. 

At ENT Associates, we’re proud to offer leading otolaryngology care throughout South Florida. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment

Contact Us

ENT Associates Main Office

1330 South Fort Harrison
Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-441-3588
Fax: 727-461-1038

Hours of Business: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Extended Hours:
Countryside until 6:30PM (Thu Only)
Port Richey until 6:30PM (Alt Wed Only)

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