Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) treat?

An otolaryngologist (oh-to-lair-in-goll-oh-gist), or ENT specialist, is a physician who has completed specialty training in the management and treatment of disorders and diseases of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and other related structures of the head and neck. They treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Allergies

  • Ear disease

  • Hearing impairment

  • Management of tumors in the face, head and neck

  • Sinus and thyroid problems

  • Facial skin cancers

  • Pediatric ENT disorders, such as ear infections, tonsillitis and sinusitis

What is an audiologist?

An audiologist is a health care professional who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing loss and balance disorders. They are skilled in evaluating and treating a variety of ear and hearing disorders, prescribing and fitting hearing aids, providing hearing rehabilitation programs and assisting with cochlear implants.

Do I need a referral to see an ENT specialist?

You will need to verify with your insurance company whether or not a referral is necessary to see an ENT specialist. If it is required, it is your responsibility to obtain the referral from your general practitioner.

What information should I bring to my first visit?

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early prior to your scheduled appointment so you will have time to complete necessary office and insurance paperwork. Please help us by bringing the following to your first visit:

  • Health Insurance Card

  • A list of all medications you are currently taking

  • Copies of any X-rays/CT scans previously taken by your general physician

  • Copies of records from your general physician that are related to your sinus/nose/allergy/lungs

  • A list of any questions/concerns you may have

The length of your initial visit will depend on your condition and any concerns you may have.

Do you supply and fit hearing aids?

Yes. Our team of skilled audiologists will help you find the most suitable hearing aid for you and fit it for you as well.

Does insurance cover hearing aids?

Generally, insurance does not cover hearing aids, but we recommend you check with your insurance carrier to make sure. Medicare does not cover hearing aids.

Is snoring a serious problem?

In addition to disrupting you and your bed partner's sleep, snoring can indicate a more serious medical condition, such as sleep apnea. If you are a habitual snorer, we recommend you schedule an appointment to determine if you have an underlying sleep disorder that needs to be treated.

Will my child need ear tubes?

Ear tube surgery, or tympanostomy, is one of the most common surgeries among children. It may be beneficial for children who have had over four ear infections within a six month period, or has relentless fluid build-up. The tubes help normalize the pressure inside the ear canal and let sound reach the ear drum without obstruction. These tubes will usually stay in for 6-18 months, and then fall out on their own.

Should I see my ENT doctor if I frequently feel dizzy?

You should see your doctor if you experience persistent, unexplained or relentless dizziness. Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Loss of balance

  • Faintness

  • Weakness/Fatigue

  • Vertigo (the feeling your surroundings are spinning)

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision while moving your head quickly

  • Trouble focusing

After receiving a complete medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination, your doctor may perform a number of tests, such as a hearing test, to make an accurate diagnosis.

Do I need to see an ENT specialist if I choke a lot while eating?

If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of coughing and choking while eating, constant heartburn, unexplained weight loss or recurrent pneumonia, you may be suffering from a serious medical condition called, dysphagia. Failure to seek medical treatment for dysphagia may cause the body to inhale or suck in food and liquids into the windpipe, which in turn can lead to dehydration or malnutrition.

What facial plastic surgery procedures do you offer?

Our physicians are highly experienced in the latest treatment techniques available in facial plastic surgery and utilize the most state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimal aesthetic enhancement. Some of our facial plastic surgeries include rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), otoplasty (ear surgery) and reconstructive facial surgery.