Seeing various types of doctors can be an important or even crucial part of maintaining your overall health. From your general practitioner to an ENT, doctors can not only help to ensure that you are in continued good health, but can help to diagnose as well as treat any chronic condition, common or not, that you might have. From hearing loss to chronic pain conditions, doctors can help if you are willing to open up to them and let them in to treat you in the best way that they can.
ENT doctors have become particularly important in all parts of the United States. ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat, and an ENT doctor will be able to competently assess, diagnose, and then, of course, treat, conditions relating to all three parts of the body. Most commonly, however, ENT doctors will treat and help to resolve problems that have originated in the ears, ranging from recurrent ear infections to permanent hearing damage and subsequent loss. For instance, ear nose and throat doctors will be able to help a child that has frequent ear infections – and ear infections are very common, particularly among young children. This is the case because of the way that children’s skulls are shaped, which sometimes can prohibit the child’s ears and sinuses from draining in the way that they should. This, in turn, can lead to ear infections due to trapped fluid, which can cause pain and fever. When a child has had many of these, it is likely that he or she will build up, overtime, a resistance to antibiotics, making the ear infections more and more difficult to treat. Fortunately, tiny tubes can be placed in the ear drums, allowing the ears to drain much more easily and helping to prevent ear infections before they ever occur. However, though these ear tubes have brought much relief to many parents and their children, avoiding swimmer’s ear is a must when a child has tubes. Fortunately, swimmer’s ear, once diagnosed, typically does not last far past a week, and it is uncommon for it to last considerably longer than ten days. Once a year or so has passed, the tubes will naturally fall out on their own. For most children, no replacement tubes are ever needed.
Of course, there are even more ear problems that can occur, such as hearing loss, that should be seen by ear nose and throat doctors. These doctors will be able to assess your potential hearing loss and determine a proper course of treatment, something that they will be well practiced in, as hearing loss is hugely prevalent for many different people from different backgrounds in the United States. In fact, data even shows that as much as twenty five percent of the population of people who are over the age of sixty five in the United States live with some level of hearing loss – though the severity of the hearing loss will range, as some people are completely deaf but others have retained some – or even a good deal – of their hearing abilities. And hearing loss is not just prevalent among the elderly population of the United States, though many doctors can tell you that it is here that it is most prevalent. Of all adults over the age of eighteen in the United States, when you legally become considered to be an adult, as much as fifteen percent of them all suffer from some type of hearing loss. Much of this hearing loss can be attributed to genetic factors, but many people have hearing loss from environmental factors as well, even from something as seemingly harmless as going to too many musical concerts without the adequate hearing protection that is recommended, particularly if you are very close to the band as it is performing.
For ear nose and throat doctors, taking care of their patients involves any number of things, from examining the throat to examining chronic sinus issues to treating permanent hearing loss. If you are struggling in their area of expertise, seeing an ENT is a good idea.