If you have never been to an ENT doctor, you may be wondering why they treat these specific parts of the body. Why the ears, nose, and throat but not the entire head? How are these parts related? The answer lies in the anatomy of the human head.
What Are ENTs?
ENT doctors specialize in three parts of the body that are closely connected. The ears, nose, and throat all lead into each other, meaning that the health of each affects the health of the other body parts too. When your nose or ears are suffering from an ailment, often the throat is also involved. Since these parts are in close proximity to each other, viruses can quickly spread between them.
What Is Otolaryngology?
Otolaryngology, or ENT, is considered the oldest specialty in medicine since the field has had specific standards for the practice since 1896. Though the name refers to ears, nose, and throat, ENTs can also help with thyroid problems and sleep issues as an extension of their expertise. The field covers a diverse range of issues and concerns that have to do with neck and head health. Baton Rouge otolaryngology professionals offer services addressing health problems with all of these parts of the head, and more:
- Ear canal
- Nasal Cavity
- Thyroid gland
The delicate ears, nose, and throat are vital to your health. When you have a cold or cough, all three are affected. Your ears may get plugged up, your nose runs, and your throat aches. Beyond minor colds, there are several other situations where these three interact. Breathing, taste, and smell all rely on these body parts.
The ears allow for hearing, but they also determine your balance, resulting in vertigo. Health issues that affect the nose relate to ease of breathing, allergies, and sinus problems. Acid reflux, difficulty swallowing and esophageal problems are some issues that manifest in the throat. An otolaryngologist in Baton Rouge can address any of these issues and many others.
Contact Baton Rouge Clinic Today!
For more information on treatment for ailments affecting the ears, nose, and throat, contact us to make an appointment. Our otolaryngologists can offer their expertise and get you on the path to treatment.
Below are services offered by our ENT staff:
- Hearing Evaluations
- Hearing Aids
- Tinnitus (ear ringing)
- Recurrent Vertigo
- Noise Protection
- Recurrent Ear Infections
- PETS (Pressure Equalization Tubes)
- Ear Wax Removal
- Sinus Disorders
- Sinus Surgery
- Snoring Evaluations
- Salivary Gland Disorders
- Chronic Cough
- Swallowing Disorders
- Head and Neck Tumors
- Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
- Hoarseness and Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Our Otolaryngologists were chosen as Runner Up for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s Family Favorite ENT Group for 2022! The awards are held annually through Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, and all nominations are submitted by readers around the Baton Rouge area. Thank you to all who participated!
ENT (Otolaryngology) Physicians
Virginia A. Bringaze, MD
Kelly S. Clements, MD
Elliot T. Hardy, MD
W. Kevin Katzenmeyer, MD
James L. Krupala, MD
Brian J. Petit, MD, FACS
Caroline C. Rieger, MD
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