Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck.
Conditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of hearing disorders, and what ENT-head and neck physicians can do to evaluate and treat these problems.
Early detection is critical to preventing fatal outcomes. Cancers of the head and neck such as laryngeal cancer can be particularly aggressive. Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should see an ENT or head and neck physician immediately.
Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. This section identifies common pediatric ENT, head, and neck ailments and what you should ask your child’s doctor about diagnosis and treatment.
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
|1546||Account published of first documented successful tracheotomy|
|1806||Dutrochet introduces concept of vocal cord movement|
|1898||Carbon-type hearing aid first produced|
|1924||Otolaryngology specialty board (second such board in U.S.) is formed|
|1984||FDA approves first cochlear implant for marketing|
|1988||First wearable digital signal processing hearing aid produced|
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