Otolaryngology, or otorhinolaryngology, is the study of ear, nose and throat conditions, commonly referred to as ENT. Our hospitals’ board-certified physicians treat the ear, nose, and throat as well as related structures of the head and neck. Some of the conditions our specialists see patients for include: loss of hearing or balance; sinus troubles; injuries to the ears, nose or throat; cancer and tumors of the head and neck; infections and deformities of the ear, nose, throat or neck; and foreign bodies in the chest.
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) at Straub
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What We Treat
Straub ENT physicians treat a broad array of conditions such as:
- Otology/Neurotology: diseases of the ear, including trauma (injury), cancer, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance.
Examples: ear infection; swimmer's ear; hearing loss; ear, face, or neck pain; dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Pediatric Otolaryngology: diseases in children with special ENT problems including birth defects in the head and neck and developmental delays.
Examples: ear infection (otitis media), tonsil and adenoid infection, airway problems, Down syndrome, asthma and allergy/sinus disease.
- Head and Neck: cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid.
Examples: lump in the neck or thyroid, cancer of the voice box.
- Facial Surgery: functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck.
Example: deviated septum
- Rhinology: disorders of the nose and sinuses.
Examples: sinus disorder, nose bleed, stuffy nose, loss of smell.
- Laryngology: disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems.
Examples: sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Allergy: treatment by medication, immunotherapy (allergy shots) and/or avoidance of pollen, dust, mold, food, and other sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat.
Examples: hay fever, seasonal and perennial rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, otitis media, dizziness.
More About Ear, Nose & Throat
Hearing loss affects one in ten Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose are also part of otolaryngologists' expertise.
Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The head and neck
This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face.
Published Articles by Our Physicians
1. Polyethylene implants in nasal septal restoration.
Cho JJ, Taylor RC, Deutschmann MW, Chandarana SP, Marck PA.
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013 Jul-Aug;15(4):275-9. doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2013.840.
2. Use of a Low-fidelity simulator to improve trans-nasal fibre-optic flexible laryngoscopy in the clinical setting: a randomized, single-blinded, prospective study.
Deutschmann MW, Yunker WK, Cho JJ, Andreassen M, Beveridge S, Bosch JD.
J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 May 21;42(1):35. [Epub ahead of print]
3. The significance of Streptococcus anginosus group in intracranial complications of pediatric rhinosinusitis.
Deutschmann MW, Livingstone D, Cho JJ, Vanderkooi OG, Brookes JT.
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Feb;139(2):157-60. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2013.1369.
4. Evidence-based practice: management of adult sensorineural hearing loss.
Chau JK, Cho JJ, Fritz DK.
Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;45(5):941-58. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Jul 26. Review.
5. Effectiveness of the heat-activated nitinol smart piston stapes prosthesis in stapedectomy surgery.
Cho JJ, Yunker WK, Marck P, Marck PA.
J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Feb;40(1):8-13.
6. Impact of newer generation multidetector computed tomography on the diagnosis of abscesses in the head and neck.
Cho JJ, Anand V, Rudmik L, Lysack JT, Dort JC.
J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug;40(4):337-42.
7. Identification of bacterial contaminants in sinus irrigation bottles from chronic rhinosinusitis patients.
Lewenza S, Charron-Mazenod L, Cho JJ, Mechor B.
J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Aug;39(4):458-63.