What exactly do we do here at SA Sinus in San Antonio, TX? ENT doctors, also known as otolaryngologists, treat diseases of the ear, nose, throat, mouth, larynx, neck and facial structures. ENT specialists train over a long period of time, and end up specializing in one of the many sub-sections of otolaryngology. There are a wide-range of diseases, disorders, and infections that occur within these areas, and it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms.
Your ears are made up of three fragile parts: the outer, middle, and inner. Each part is crucial for hearing. Sound vibrations travel through middle ear ossicles to the snail-shaped inner ear. Then, the inner ear passes nerve impulses that travel up to the brain, controlling proper hearing and body balance. ENT doctors are medically and surgically trained to treat hearing loss, ear infections, tinnitus (ear ringing), balance disorders, cranial nerve disorders, and birth disorders. This specialized area is known as Otology or Neurotology. Common disorders treated are: tinnitus, swimmers ear, barotrauma, and Meniere's disease.
Nose disorders affect us year round. More often than not, we will experience uncomfortable nose symptoms that may lead to more serious diseases. Noses filter the air, removing dirt, germs, irritants, and bring moist air into the lungs to prevent them from dryness. Most of all, noses help us smell! Some of the most common nose disorders that ENT specialists treat are sinusitis (more than 35 million people are diagnosed each year), allergies, the common cold, nosebleeds, deviated septums, and nasal fractures.
Having a throat issue can hinder your ability to communicate. We speak, sing, and consume food with a healthy throat and esophagus. ENT doctors treat throat disorders and infections such as sore throats, strep, croup, tonsillitis and more. If you're having trouble swallowing or are having trouble speaking, contact an ENT specialist.