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What is pediatric otolaryngology (or ENT)?

Also called ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists, pediatric otolaryngologists treat disease and disorders that affect most of the senses, including your child’s ability to hear, smell, touch, and taste.

Pediatric otolaryngologists also help patients with speech and communication disorders, in tandem with a team of audiologists. Caregivers are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of children with a range of ENT disorders. Innovative evaluation and treatment services in a child-friendly setting help youngsters of all ages regain function of the vital senses we depend on each day.

Pediatric otolaryngologists treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils that can cause difficulty swallowing, ear pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms (A related condition that involves the adenoids can cause sinus or ear infections.)
  • Ear infections, common in early childhood and treatable using medical and sometimes surgical techniques
  • Hearing loss, including the placement of cochlear implant devices to help profoundly hearing impaired children
  • Balance issues, such as dizziness

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