Learn more about Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialists

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)

Otolaryngologists may also be known by the following names: ear, nose and throat doctor; ENT; ENT doctor; ENT specialist; nose doctor; pediatric otolaryngologist; or general surgeon.

There are 213 specialists practicing Ear, Nose, and Throat in South Carolina with an overall average rating of 4.0 stars. There are 65 hospitals in South Carolina with affiliated Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists, including Musc Medical Center, Prisma Health Richland Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital.

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