An otolaryngologist (pronounced “oto-lar-en-gäl-e-jest”), or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, specializes in the medical and surgical care of the ears, nose and throat, and conditions affecting the head and neck. Otolaryngologists diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions including infections, cancer, and hearing and speech problems in both adults and children. An otolaryngologist typically:
Evaluates a patient's medical history and educates the patient about disease prevention
Performs exams of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck
Performs hearing and speech screenings
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck, including sinus and ear infections, problems with the larynx (voice box), swallowing problems, and thyroid cancer
Performs surgical procedures on the ears, nose, throat, head and neck, such as myringotomy (ear tube surgery), tonsillectomy (tonsil removal), and rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery)
There are 561 specialists practicing Ear, Nose, and Throat in Illinois with an overall average rating of 4.0 stars. There are 158 hospitals in Illinois with affiliated Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists, including Loyola University Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.