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What is an ENT doctor?

Have you ever suffered from an ear infection? How about sinus issues or faced a sore throat? Maybe you needed to have your tonsils removed at some point. Then you likely have visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT). An ENT doctor is an expert in both medical and surgical management of conditions of the ear, nose, and throat, and of ENT-related conditions of the head and neck. The area in which ENT doctors practice is known as otolaryngology and the study in this field is quite extensive. An ENT doctor must have the stamina to sustain a busy and demanding role, possess exceptional hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, and have the ability to listen to and evaluate patients who may have communication difficulties. On top of these qualities and more, an ENT doctor must complete a rigorous amount of education and training.

Education and training for an ENT doctor

Otolaryngology is one of the oldest medical specialties in the United States and becoming an ENT doctor is not a simple task. Those who want to pursue this field have a significantly rigorous path ahead. To become an ENT doctor, candidates must complete a four-year undergraduate degree (preferably in biology or science), a four-year medical degree, and a five-year residency which consists of three years of otolaryngology, one year of general surgery training, and one additional year of training. Finally, candidates have the option of completing fellowship training in an ENT subspecialty which usually takes two years. Therefore, the path to becoming an ENT doctor can include up to fifteen years of training! 

In addition to the training above, like many highly skilled professionals, ENT doctors are required to possess certain certifications and licenses. ENT doctors must pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). The USMLE assess a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. ENT’s must also obtain a state licensing.

What Does An ENT Doctor Do?

ENT doctors are tasked with treating areas of the ears, the nose, the throat, as well as the head and neck. ENT doctors stand out from many physicians since ENT doctors are trained in both medicine and surgery. Therefore, your local ENT doctors are Camellia ENT care for you in the following ways:

  • The Ears (otology/neurotology) – Ear issues affect a vast number of Americans. ENT doctors specialize medically and surgically in treating a number of ear issues such as problems hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, tinnitus (ear noise), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. ENT doctors also treat congenital birth disorders of the outer and inner ear.
  • The Nose (rhinology) – Treating the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. In this subspecialty, ENT doctors manage allergies and sense of smell, as well as breathing issues with and appearance of the nose.
  • The Throat (laryngology) – Communication and eating are involved with this area. Additionally, ENT doctors specialize in managing diseases of the voice box (larynx) and the esophagus. This can include voice and swallowing disorders.
  • The Head and Neck – Issues with the head and neck can greatly affect your daily life. Nerves in this area control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. ENT doctors treat infectious diseases, facial trauma, and deformities of the face and can perform cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Should you see an ENT doctor?

If you’ve been dealing with any of the issues above, or have other concerns regarding the ear, nose, throat, or head and neck, then contact Camellia ENT to schedule an appointment today!

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