Cleveland Head and Neck Clinic provides care to patients of all ages for a variety of conditions. If there are specific questions about these services or if you do not find your answer here, feel free to call our office.
For general patient information, visit The Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery website at ENTNET.org.
Otolaryngology is the medical specialty concerned with disorders and conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region of the body. If you have a problem related to these body areas, your regular primary care doctor may refer you to an ENT specialist.
What is an ENT?
An ear, nose, and throat specialist, also known as an ENT or otolaryngologist, is a doctor who possesses a set of specialized skills. Those who work within this field diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat. ENTs may treat acute conditions, or they may work in primary care, providing services to both adults and children.
When a condition is severe, the ENT doctor determines the cause and then finds the right method of treatment for the individual. Otolaryngology specialists also provide checkups, perform surgeries, and test for many diseases associated with the head.
What conditions do ENTs treat?
There are numerous ear-related conditions that are treated by ENT doctors. When working with the ears, these doctors identify, evaluate, and correct many clinical problems. They use different devices or surgery to treat conditions such as hearing loss, ear infections, nerve damage, malformations, balance disorders, and even birth disorders that affect both the inner or outer area of the ear.
Problems involving the nose are also treated by ENTs, such as deviated septum, malformation, nerve disorders, chronic sinusitis, and smell and sensory issues. They can also treat allergies and breathing problems that are the result of a problem with the nasal cavity.
Treatment of the throat area involves cancer, speech problems, and vocal issues, as well as eating disabilities and speaking limitations. ENTs also treat infections of the throat that are acute or chronic, and perform surgery as necessary.
What services do ENTs offer?
ENTs use different tools, devices, and techniques in order to detect problems occurring within the ear, nose, and/or throat. Through diagnostic measures, the doctor can find the root of the problem and determine the best method of treatment. These specialists treat various health conditions through the use of medication, medical devices, and in some cases, they use corrective surgery. ENTs often find it necessary to operate because of an internal issue or to provide reconstructive surgery on congenital birth defects.
What to expect from an ENT appointment?
The ears, nose and throat are important parts of the body. When issues occur within these areas, it affects the senses and lead to a developmental delay for a young child. At the first appointment, you can discuss any issues present with you or your child with the doctor, and the specialist will perform a variety of tests in order diagnose the problem. These tests include visual exams, hearing tests, tympanograms, and laryngoscopes. After testing is complete, the ENT doctor will discuss the results with you and set up a treatment plan.
Common Reasons to Visit an ENT:
- A lump in the neck
- Change in voice
- A growth in the mouth
- Spitting up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Changes in the skin
- Persistent earache
- Recurrent sinusitis
- Persistent allergies
- Deviated septum
- Loss of smell
- Hearing problems
All providers in our clinic are qualified in the evaluation and management of ear, nose and throat, and head and neck problems in children.
Tonsil and Adenoid Problems
The tonsils are lymph tissue located on each side at the back of the throat and may cause problems in both children and adults.
The paranasal sinuses are air spaces located above, below, and between the eyes and behind the nasal cavity. These air spaces open up into the nose. Colds and allergies frequently trigger sinus infections.
Nasal Obstructive Problems
The nasal septum divides the nose into two breathing passages. If it is deviated or curved to one or both sides, this may lead to obstruction of nasal breathing.
We offer comprehensive testing and diagnosis for allergy problems, which in turn, allows us to provide the right treatment plan to help you feel better.
Ear Disease and Hearing Loss
Our staff is trained and experienced in recognizing these conditions, which include Recurrent Ear Infections, Eardrum Perforation and Ear Canal Infections.
The many etiologies of dizziness, imbalance, and vertigo include medications, inner ear inflammation or increased fluid pressure, inner ear weakness, loose particles in the inner ear (Benign Positional Vertigo), visual problems, joint problems, migraine or neurological conditions.
Skin Cancer and Facial Plastic Surgery
Our physicians have many years of experience in the management of skin cancers of the face, nose, ears, scalp and neck.
Voice and Swallowing Disorders
Vocal cord examination can readily be done in the office with a mirror or endoscope. Swallowing disorders can also be evaluated with examination of the throat.
Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease
The thyroid gland is located in the lower part of the neck, just above the sternum/breastbone.
Head and Neck Tumors
Tumors of the head and neck may originate in the skin, the ears, nose or nasal passage, lips, inside the mouth, tongue, palate, tonsillar area, back of the throat, the larynx (voice box) or around it. They can also develop in the salivary glands in front of the ears, below the jaw bone, or inside the mouth.
Snoring is caused by the vibrating movement of the uvula and the soft palate that is located in the roof of the mouth.
Cleveland Head and Neck Clinic is Accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for CT Scan of the Sinuses and Temporal Bones.