A problem with your ears, your nose, or your throat may begin with a visit to your family physician or urgent care center. If the problem turns out to be more than routine, you may be referred to an ENT doctor.
What is an ENT Doctor?
ENT doctor is the commonly used term for physicians specializing in diseases or disorders of the ears, nose, or throat. Otolaryngology is the field of specialty, and it's the longest-standing of the medical specialty professions in the United States.
Recent studies have indicated that there may be a link between diabetes and hearing loss, particularly for elderly patients. While hearing loss isn't necessarily a side effect for all individuals with diabetes, it is one to watch for in order to help patients address the issue early on.
Signs of Hearing Loss
If you are a caregiver for an individual with or at risk for diabetes, or if you have a loved one who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, here are a few of the key things to watch for:
At some point in their lives, up to 25% of the population will experience tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can be mildly annoying, or it can be debilitating. For some, it dramatically impacts their quality of life.
There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about tinnitus. Here are some important facts to know about it.
For those experiencing ear disease or hearing loss, the good news is that there are new developments in hearing aid technology. This year, those with hearing loss can expect continual advancements in the options available, as well as improvements in the way hearing aids impact their lives. Here are a few things to expect to see this year.
Sudden dizzy spells can happen to anyone. They occur for a variety of reasons, and most of the time there's nothing to worry about. If you are experiencing them frequently, however, there might be something going on that should be addressed by an ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Why Am I Dizzy?
Dizziness can be a sign of a condition such as vertigo, but it can also be a short-term spell that stems from any number of reasons, such as:
While there are a host of reasons people don’t like air travel, a common complaint is the onset of illness after travel. Our sinuses can be sensitive, especially in environments we are unaccustomed to. Not only that, but planes can harbor some pretty deadly germs for up to 7 days. Auburn University researchers James Barbaree and Kiril Vaglenov say that airplane armrests are worse than a toilet flush handle.
Most of us have experience tinnitus at one point or another. Tinnitus is a ringing in the ear that only the sufferer can hear. And while it may seem obvious that it is coming from the inner ear, the truth, is in fact, much more complex.
Having a child in pain can be heartbreaking to watch, even more so when they exhibit symptoms we may be unfamiliar with. Complaints of dizziness and nausea for short periods of time can be confusing, and we don’t think of children as having issues with vertigo.
There are different causes of headaches that separate them into two categories, primary or secondary. A primary headache affects a pain-sensitive structure in the brain. A secondary headache is something such as inflammation of the sinuses. Here are three things to know about sinus headaches.
We learn a lot of things throughout our lives. Going to school, reading books, watching informational television, and, sometimes, even surfing the Internet are all strong influences in our education. We learn science and history and English and math--but, outside of the classroom, when we don't even know we're learning, we are constantly picking up bits of information about life. One area in which we can all claim moderate expertise, even if we've never picked up a single textbook, is health.