Ear, Nose & Throat
Important information during COVID-19
We require all patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering while in our hospitals. We’re also screening all patients and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.
For safety reasons, we only allow one adult visitor per patient, per day. No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19. Exceptions to these policies include:
• Newborn, special care nursery and pediatric patients: Parents and/or legal guardians (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
• Birth center patients: Two support persons, including a doula (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
• Patients who need additional assistance: A caregiver or attendant
• Compassionate care patients (end-of-life patients)
We’re encouraging patients to find other ways to connect with their loved ones, such as FaceTime, Skype or setting up Google Duo (PDF). Our patient care teams can help arrange video chats and more.
If you need in-person or emergency care, don’t delay. We’re open and ready to care for you, with rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place to help keep you healthy. To see if you should be tested for COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 testing page.
Care is available in many ways, including video visits. You can talk with your doctor and receive the same personalized care, expert answers and a treatment plan tailored to you. We’re also offering in-person visits, phone visits and our 24/7 online clinic, virtuwell.com. Schedule an appointment online or call your clinic. For more information on COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 information page.
An ear, nose, and throat doctor, or an ENT for short, is also referred to as an otolaryngologist. Otolaryngology is the study and treatment of ears, nose, throat, and head and neck conditions.
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What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?
- Ears – Hearing loss affects one in 10 North Americans. Otolaryngology is the treatment of ear disorders. This includes both 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.
- Nose – 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, sense of smell and breathing.
- Throat – Communicating (speech and singing) and eating all involve this vital area. Otolaryngologists manage diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
- 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 treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face.
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