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What is Otolaryngology? Problems with hearing, ear aches, sinus infections, acid reflux, or simply allergies all fall under one specialty. Commonly referred to as ENT, Otolaryngology is the medical term for a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat.

Otolaryngologists diagnose and treat conditions or diseases effecting the sinuses, larynx, oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face.

Physicians specializing in otolaryngology are called otolaryngologists or by the nickname "ENTs" or "ENT doctors" and often treat children with persistent ear, nose, and throat conditions to include surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an otolaryngologist for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss, and cancers of these regions. For health concerns or treatment for ENT conditions, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic at ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.
The areas of expertise that fall within Otolaryngology include:

Otology/Neurotology: diseases of the ear, including trauma (injury), cancer, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance.

Ear infection; swimmer's ear; hearing loss; ear, face, or neck pain; dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Pediatric Otolaryngology: The treatment of children with special ENT conditions, which may include developmental problems or birth defects.

Ear infection (otitis media), tonsil and adenoid infection, airway problems, Down’s syndrome, asthma and allergy/sinus disease.

Head and Neck: Cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid.

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck.

Airway reconstruction, deviated septum, rhinoplasty (nose), face lift, cleft palate.

Rhinology: The science dealing with the nose and its diseases. rhinology. The anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nose.

Sinus conditions, nose bleeds, loss of smell.

Laryngology: The branch of medicine that deals with the larynx and its diseases, disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems.

Irritated or sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder, Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Allergies: Medication, immunotherapy (allergy shots) and/or avoidance of pollen, dust, mold, food, and other sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat. By definitions, a misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system of defense against foreign invaders, particularly pathogens (the agents of infection).

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include red eyes, itchiness, and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack. Allergies can play a major role in conditions effecting your ears, nose, or throat such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening reactions called anaphylaxis. Food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees are more often associated with these severe reactions.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include red eyes, itchiness, and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack. Allergies can play a major role in conditions effecting your ears, nose, or throat such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening reactions called anaphylaxis. Food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees are more often associated with these severe reactions.

Medical conditions effecting these parts of the body can seem relatively easy to treat, however even the most simple allergies should be addressed with a specialist, as even an every day sinus infection can mean long-term effects on the healthy function of your body's hearing, speaking, and breathing.

Specialists like Dr. Dave Opperman at the Colorado Voice Clinic in Denver, Colorado have been helping patients with a long list of ENT health concerns ranging from acid reflux treatments to serious vocal surgery.



If you have a health concern related to your ears, nose, or throat, trouble breathing or sleeping, or want advice on how to maintain your vocal health, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic at http://ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.





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