Otolaryngology - Ear, Nose & Throat Services
Otolaryngology at St. Vincent’s is concerned with the examination and treatment of conditions affecting the head, ear, nose, throat and neck.
Because these areas are closely associated with systems that extend throughout the body, consultation and collaboration with specialists from a wide range of other medical disciplines is frequently part of total otolaryngology care at St. Vincent’s.
The term “otolaryngology” derives from two branches of the discipline, otology and laryngology:
Otology focuses on ear and includes hearing and balance disorders and related injuries, damage or disease of the skull base.
The conditions most often dealt with in this area include:
- Recurring ear infections
- Dizziness (vertigo)
- Meniere's disease
- Hearing loss
- Cochlear Implant
- Congenital disorders of the external ear, ear canal and middle ear
Laryngology focuses on the throat.
Conditions and disorders commonly dealt with in this area include:
- Sore throats
- Throat infections
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Chronic cough
Rhinology focuses on nose and sinuses.
Conditions most often treated in rhinology include:
- Sinus problems (sinusitis)
- Nasal obstructions
- Nose bleeds
- Deviated septum
- Disorders affecting the sense of smell
Head and neck problems seen by our otolaryngologists include:
- Thyroid and parathyroid problems
- Neck masses
- Salivary gland problems
Treatment of otolaryngology disorders and problems can range from alterations in lifestyles, to simple removal of obstructions or application of medicines, to surgical intervention.
Why choose St. Vincent's?
St. Vincent's Medical Center has been ranked # 1 in Fairfield County for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) in U.S. News Media & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals . The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook. read more >>
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