FAQs about ENT Doctors
When it comes to your ear, nose and throat health, do you know which professional to see? While a number of different professionals are available to treat hearing loss and conditions associated with the auditory system, only an ENT is able to diagnose and treat problems within the ear, nose and throat spectrum.
Curious if an ENT is the right professional for you? Read the following frequently asked questions to determine if you should schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor.
What Does ENT Mean?
ENT is an acronym. It stands for ears, nose and throat. In the medical profession, ENTs are otolaryngologists (a fancy way to say ear, nose and throat) and those are their areas of specialty. The ears, nose and throat might not seem like a large part of your body, but health concerns with these areas cause more than half of the health concerns that send people to the doctor’s office in the first place.
What Training Does an ENT Have?
ENTs start with their undergraduate degree or regular four-year degree. Then they must successfully complete medical school. After medical school, they receive years of additional training in the field of otolaryngology. Only then are they ready to pass the American Board of Otolaryngology exam. After passing the exam, some ENTs complete another two years of specialty training.
What diseases or disorders are treated by and ENT?
ENTs provide a large range of care. ENTs treat infections, cancer, sinus conditions, balance problems and hearing disorders. From thyroid lesions to earwax buildup, the ENT is the doctor to see. In addition, many ENTs have incorporated audiology into their practice so they can help you will hearing loss as well. In addition to being skilled diagnosticians and clinicians, ENTs are required to undergo surgical training. So if you need a surgical procedure, the ENT you see in the office will be the surgeon you meet in the operating room or surgical center.
Why Does My ENT Sell Hearing Aids?
Many ENTs receive additional training in the field of audiology. Other ENTs partner with an Audiologist to provide their patients with a full range of services. Tinnitus is a condition that sends people to the ENTs office. Tinnitus is common with undiagnosed hearing loss and can be treated in some cases with hearing aids. When ENTs are also trained as audiologists or they partner with an audiologist, you get a full range of services all under one roof.
Are ENT Services Covered by Insurance?
Most services, prescription drugs and surgeries prescribed by an ENT for ear, nose and throat conditions are covered by medical insurance. Hearing aids are not normally covered by medical insurance.
When Should You See the ENT?
If you are experiencing chronic problems with your ears, nose or throat it is time to schedule visit to the ENT. If your allergies, runny nose, sinus headaches or problems sleeping are not responding to treatment by your primary care physician then it is time to see the ENT. If you are having problems staying awake during the day and snoring is keeping your partner awake at night then you should see the ENT.