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What’s the difference between ENT and Otolaryngology?

Medical jargon can sound like a completely different language, especially without a medical degree or background in Greek or Latin. For example, what’s the difference between an ENT and otolaryngologist?

An ENT and otolaryngologist are one and the same. Otolaryngology is the name for the medical specialty of the ear, nose and throat, hence its nickname of ENT. Although these areas may seem like they should warrant separate doctors, they are combined into a single specialty because of how interconnected their physical structures are.

Otolaryngologists, ENTs, are trained to handle both medical and surgical treatments. An ENT can practice in an office setting, diagnosing and treating ailments like ear infections or swallowing disorders, while also performing surgical procedures like sinus surgery. ENTs can really do it all!

To become an ENT is no easy task; your ENT doctor has completed college, medical school, 5 years of otolaryngology residency, and then passed an exam to become Board Certified. Some ENTs continue their education with fellowships to hone their skills in specific areas.

ENTs treat many different problems of the ear, nose and throat. You might choose to see an otolaryngologist for:

  • Hearing loss or hearing problems, like tinnitus
  • Ear infections
  • Balance disorders, like vertigo
  • Surgical correction of congenital ear abnormalities
  • Allergy management
  • Migraines
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sinus infections, both acute and chronic
  • Surgical removal of nasal polyps and turbinates
  • Rhinoplasty and deviated septum surgery
  • Vocal cord nodule removal
  • Vocal cord impairments
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Surgical removal of tumors in the throat and neck
  • Surgical repair of trauma and cosmetic procedures to enhance the face

At Biltmore ENT, our 6 ENT doctors will take the time to understand your symptoms to tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs and lifestyle. Call (602) 560-1085 to schedule an appointment.