Ear, Nose, Throat

ENTs Treat the Fundamental Functions of Life

Imagine a singer not being able to sing, or you not being able to hear her beautiful music. Imagine not being able to smell the earth after a spring rain, or not being able to taste and enjoy your favorite holiday meal. Imagine not being able to sleep through the night next to your loved one because they snore. These are some of the fundamental functions of life that make living so rich and wonderful. Yet when one or more of these functions no longer work the way they should, living is diminished or even jeopardized. Hearing and balance, swallowing and speech, breathing and sleep issues, allergies and sinuses, head and neck cancer, skin disorders, even facial plastic surgery are just some of the conditions that “ENT” (ear, nose, and throat) specialists treat. Professionally, ENT specialists are called “otolaryngologists” (pronounced: oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jists), but it’s easier just to say “ENT.”

ENTs Treat the Simple to Severe

Did you know that nearly half of patients going to primary care offices have some sort of ENT issue? Think about it. Almost everyone has had a stuffy nose, clogged ears, or sore throat, but ENT specialists treat a diverse range of conditions and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck region—from simple to severe, for all persons, at all stages of life. ENT specialists are not only medical doctors who can treat your sinus headache, your child’s swimmer’s ear, or your dad’s sleep apnea. They are also surgeons who can perform extremely delicate operations to restore hearing of the middle ear, open blocked airways, remove head, neck, and throat cancers, and rebuild these essential structures. This requires an additional five to eight years of intensive, post-graduate training beyond medical school. Organized ENTs have been setting the treatment standards that pediatric and primary care providers have been following since 1896, making otolaryngology one of the oldest medical specialties in the United States.

What Conditions Do ENTs Treat?

Otolaryngologists do not limit their practice to any one portion of the head and neck, and can treat a variety of common conditions of the ear, nose and sinus, throat and voice box, and the neck including the thyroid and salivary glands. Put simply, as a regional specialist of the head and neck, ENTs medically and surgically treat all diseases in the head and neck except for eye, brain, and cervical spine disorders. Our ENT specialists at The Queen’s Medical Center have additional training and expertise in the following areas:

  • Nose and Sinus (rhinology)—Our noses facilitate breathing by helping to keep out potentially harmful dirt, allergens, and other agents. In addition to medical therapy for nasal allergies, our ENT specialists surgically treat nasal obstruction due to deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, nasal valve collapse, chronic sinusitis, and sinus headaches.
  • Throat (laryngology)—Disorders that affect our ability to speak and swallow properly can have a tremendous impact on our lives and livelihoods. Our ENT specialists treat sore throat, hoarseness, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infections, throat tumors, airway and vocal cord disorders, and more.
  • Head and Neck/Thyroid/Salivary Gland—The head and neck include some of our body’s most vital organs, which can be especially susceptible to tumors and cancer. In addition to cancers of the head and neck, our ENT specialists treat neck masses, enlarged thyroid and salivary glands, and more.
  • Sleep—Being able to breathe and sleep well through the night has an impact on the way we experience life and perform our work. Our ENT specialists treat sleep-disordered breathing that has failed CPAP therapy, relieving nasal and pharyngeal obstruction and snoring. In most cases, CPAP tolerance is improved. In some cases, the need for CPAP may be eliminated.
  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery—Facial trauma and the resulting change in appearance caused by an accident, injury, birth defect, surgical defect, or medical condition side effect can be distressing. As regional specialists, we provide evaluation for potential surgical repair for facial, ear, nose, and neck deformities, facial paralysis, trauma reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction.

Ear, Nose, Throat Services The Queen’s Medical Center
Queen's Physicians Office Building 2 (POB 2)
Address: 1329 Lusitana Street, Suite 407, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 808-691-6515 | Fax:808-691-6516
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