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Special Care: ENT Specialist For Kids

What Is An ENT Specialist For Kids?

Several factors underlie the need for a group of otolaryngologists with special training and credentials to care for pediatric patients. These include the unique differences between children and adults in all areas of ear, nose, throat, head and neck.

By definition, an Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck surgeon (Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon) is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the head and neck, especially those related to the ear, nose and throat. The specialty encompasses management of ear disease and hearing loss, endoscopic examination of air and food passages, care of nose and sinuses, tumors of the head and neck, laryngeal and thyroid disorders and facial cosmetic surgery. Otolaryngology has thus evolved into a multi faceted specialty caring for patients of all ages who have a variety of disorders of the head and neck.

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always express what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions and may not be cooperative with examination. ENT Specialist For Kids are trained to evaluate and treat children in a manner that makes them relaxed and cooperative.

What Can An ENT Specialist For Kids Do For Hearing Loss?

Children with ear infection or fluid in the ear may have temporary hearing loss due to the fluid in the middle ear. Upon removal of the fluid, hearing usually returns to normal. This is known as conductive hearing loss. This usually means that sound waves which hit the ear drum have a difficult time being transmitted from the ear drum into the inner ear (hearing nerve). Sensorineural hearing loss means the sound reaches the inner ear, but some defect in the hearing organ (cochlea), nerve, or brain is the cause of the hearing loss.

A less common form of hearing loss is known as mixed hearing loss. In this form of hearing loss, there are components of both conductive hearing loss and sensorineural nerve hearing loss. There are no blood tests, which are available to diagnose specific type of hearing loss. ENT Specialist For Kids will probably order a hearing assessment by audiogram or auditory brain stem response. In addition, although no specific blood test may identify hearing loss, some testing may be suggested by your physician and may include urinalysis, ophthalmologic exam, computerized tomography (CT scan) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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