Ear, Nose and Throat

Ear, Nose and Throat

Ear, Nose and Throat services offered in Athens, OH

If you or your child develop a sore throat, itchy ears, or a runny nose, and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatment, it’s vital to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team diagnoses and treats various problems that affect the ears, nose, and throat, including allergies, sinusitis, and postnasal drip. Call the OhioHealth Physician Group ENT to book your appointment today with Athes Surgery Center. 

Ear, Nose and Throat Q&A

What is an ear, nose, and throat doctor?

An ear, nose, and throat doctor (or otolaryngologist) specializes in diagnosing and treating health problems that affect the ears, nose, and throat. They also perform surgery on the head and neck.

Most ear, nose, and throat problems resolve independently or respond to conservative treatments. Contact Athens Surgery Center immediately if your symptoms last for more than a few days or interfere with your quality of life.

What types of problems do ear, nose, and throat doctors treat?

The ear, nose, and throat specialists at Athens Surgery Center diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Ear pain
  • Impacted earwax
  • Hearing loss
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Ear tumors
  • Temporal bone fractures
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis (sinus infections)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Postnasal drip
  • Deviated septum
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Laryngitis
  • Throat tumors
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea

The team also treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition characterized by chronic indigestion (heartburn). 

When should I see an ear, nose, and throat doctor?

Make an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat specialists at Athens Surgery Center if you experience recurring sinus infections, repeated episodes of dizziness, changes in hearing, or difficulty swallowing. These symptoms indicate potentially serious issues that require professional treatment.

What happens during an ear, nose, and throat visit?

An ear, nose, and throat visit begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms. Depending on the source of your discomfort, your provider might examine your neck, nose, ears, or throat. They might also conduct an endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a lighted camera to find abnormal growths, like polyps.

How are ear, nose, and throat problems treated?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team treats ear, nose, and throat problems using conservative treatment whenever possible. If prescription medication, lifestyle changes, and trigger avoidance don’t provide lasting relief, surgery might be necessary.

The ENTs at Athens Surgery Center perform several types of ear, nose, and throat surgery, including:

  • Tympanoplasty (eardrum reconstruction)
  • Laryngoscopy with biopsy (a surgery that removes growths in the throat)
  • Septoplasty (surgery to reshape the nasal septum)
  • Tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils)
  • Rhinoplasty (surgery to reshape the nose)
  • Nasal fracture reduction (surgery to repair a broken nose)
  • And more

To learn more about the treatment options for ear, nose, and throat issues, make an appointment at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.