Ear, Nose and Throat Care Overview
Infants, children, adults and seniors are at risk for many ENT disorders. Otolaryngologists are different from audiologists, and they specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases in the ear, nose and throat regions. Tests and evaluations from a licensed otolaryngologist can prevent permanent damage and chronic conditions.
Baton Rouge Ear, Nose & Throat Associates offers a number of services when it comes to your ENT health. Learn more about our allergy, hearing, sinus, throat and pediatric services.
Overview of our ENT Related Services
A considerable amount of Americans suffer from allergies, seasonal and non-seasonal. Since some of these are food-related allergies, the triggers can be unpredictable for people who have never seen a doctor. Symptoms of untreated allergies are sneezing, congestion, nasal drainage, sore throat, fatigue and more. Chronic conditions are a reality when allergies go untreated for too long a time. Baton Rouge Ear, Nose & Throat Associates has a dedicated allergy department that can diagnose and treat inhalant allergies.
immunotherapy through the use of allergy shots
Common ear-related conditions that people suffer from are due to infections, previous physical damage or earwax buildup. Swimmer’s ear can be included on that list, and is a condition that can cause severe pain in the outer ear. Ear infections are some of the most treated ENT disorders, especially in younger children.
- cerumen removal
- ear cleaning
- hearing aids
Disorders in this area revolve around sinusitis, nasal congestion or obstruction, nasal polyps, chronic sinus infections and more. By making a visual map of where the nasal issues originate from, otolaryngologists are able to provide better treatment options. A sinus headache can feel like a never-ending migraine that completely disrupts the other senses of the human body. People that catch a lot of colds should be wary of their condition since it can be related to a sinus infection.
- CPAP machines
- anti-allergy medication
- balloon sinuplasty
Throat problems are varied, with some of the worst offenders being a side effect of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Trouble breathing, swallowing, coughing or hoarseness can be traced back to common throat problems. For anyone that’s in a profession where using their voice is important, they will have trouble not aggravating the condition further. Surgical procedures can remove the biggest offenders if necessary, which are usually the tonsils and adenoids.
- cancer diagnosis
- vocal issues
- speaking limitations
- speech problems
- infections of the throat
- voice modification behavior
Children are at risk for ENT problems, even young infants. Even though children are physiologically different than their parents, it isn’t uncommon for them to get the same ENT disorders as adults. Breathing problems are scary for children since they are still developing. Unchecked infections can be responsible for ankyloglossia, tumors, speech disorders, throat problems and even sleep apnea. Even by today’s standards, ENT disorders are the most common reasons children visit doctors.
- disorders of the ear
- nose and throat for children
- fluid drainage
- desensitizing shots
- breathing treatments