In the Christie Clinic Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat, experienced otolaryngologists provide a full range of ENT services including:

  • Evaluation, treatment and surgery of ear disorders
  • Audiology and hearing aid services
  • Treatment of nasal and sinus disorders, including image-guided sinus surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Evaluation and treatment of facial, neck and throat disorders, including thyroid tumors
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Complete allergy testing, evaluation and treatment

Knowing when to see an otolaryngologist is crucial for addressing a wide range of ear, nose, and throat issues effectively. While many symptoms may seem minor, they can often indicate underlying conditions that require medical attention.

If you experience any of the following, seeing an ENT specialist is advisable:

  • Persistent Ear Problems: If you experience persistent ear pain, hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, or recurring ear infections, it's essential to see an ENT specialist. These symptoms could indicate conditions such as otitis media, eustachian tube dysfunction, or even more serious issues like inner ear disorders.
  • Chronic Sinus Issues: Chronic sinusitis characterized by symptoms such as facial pain, pressure, congestion, and nasal discharge lasting more than 12 weeks may require evaluation and treatment by an ENT specialist. They can assess the underlying causes and recommend appropriate therapies, including medications or surgical interventions if necessary.
  • Throat and Voice Disorders: Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), or changes in voice quality lasting more than a few weeks should prompt a visit to an ENT specialist. These symptoms may indicate conditions such as laryngitis, vocal cord nodules, or even throat cancer, which require proper evaluation and management.
  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring: Sleep-disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea and excessive snoring, can significantly impact sleep quality and overall health. An ENT specialist can evaluate these conditions, perform diagnostic tests such as sleep studies, and recommend appropriate treatments, including CPAP therapy or surgical interventions if necessary.
  • Head and Neck Masses: The discovery of any unusual lumps, bumps, or masses in the head or neck region warrants prompt evaluation by an ENT specialist. These could be benign growths like cysts or swollen lymph nodes, or they could indicate more serious conditions such as thyroid nodules or head and neck cancers.

If you experience persistent or concerning symptoms related to your ears, nose, or throat, seeking evaluation and treatment from an ENT specialist is encouraged. Early intervention can help prevent complications, alleviate discomfort, and improve overall quality of life.