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When it comes to diagnosing and treating ear problems, doctors basically have
three levels of "ear expertise." They are from least to most-primary care
physicians (PCP), ear, nose & throat doctors (ENTs) and
otologists/neurotologists. Each has their own niche.
1. Medical Doctors/Primary Care Physicians (MD/PCP)
Often your first contact with the medical community is with a standard
Medical Doctor (MD), often called a Primary Care Physician (PCP), General
Practitioner (GP) or Family Doctor. These doctors have no specialized training
in treating ear problems. However, you often need to go to one of these doctors
in order to get a referral to an ear specialist such as an ENT or otologist.
Family doctors normally treat ear conditions of the outer ear and ear canal
such as removing ear wax or treating infections in the ear canal. For problems
in the middle and inner ear, they should immediately refer you to the
appropriate ear specialist.
2. Ears, Nose & Throat Doctors (ENT)
The middle level of "ear expertise" is the Ear, Nose & Throat doctor,
commonly referred to as an ENT. The fancy term for these doctors is
otolaryngologist (OH-toe-lar-ing-JOL-uh-jist) or sometimes by the
******-twisting name of otorhinolaryngologist
(OH-toe-RYE-noe-lar-ing-JOL-uh-jist). (When you break this name down, it is
easier to understand and pronounce. Oto-ear, rhino-nose and larynx-throat).
Sometimes these doctors are called EENTs (eyes, ears, nose and throat
ENTs are medical doctors that have taken further training and specialized in
problems of the ears, nose and throat.
Despite the name, ENTs do not spend a lot of their time
working with ears. One otologist told me that he estimated the average ENT only
spent about 5% of his time with ears. Thus you cannot expect them to be experts
on many kinds of ear problems.
ENTs generally specialize in problems of the middle ear-typically middle ear
infections and medical problems of the middle ear. This may include surgical
procedures for things like otosclerosis, or removing middle ear tumors such as
cholesteatomas. They may also perform CI surgery.
3. Otologists (Neurotologists)
At the top of the pile is the otologist (oh-TOL-uh-jist) and neurotologist
(NEU-roe-oh-TOL-uh-jist). Otologists and neurotologists are medical doctors who
have trained as ENTs and then completed additional studies is the sub-specialty
of otology (or neurotology). These are the real ear experts and are the doctors
that know the most about inner ear problems.
If you experience sudden hearing loss and there is no obvious reason, these
are the doctors that most likely will be able to help you. In fact,
otologists/neurotologists are the only doctors (as a whole) that seem to
recognize the true emergency nature of sudden hearing loss. Unfortunately, there
are not very many otologists/neurotologists in the country.
Hope it helps.
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Oct 08, 2011 |
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