OtolaryngologySpringfield Clinic otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. These include the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat).

Although many of us think of hearing loss, sinus problems, or ear infections when we think of otolaryngology, it encompasses much more. Otolaryngology and its allied services provide care for a wide range of disorders, including hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Otolaryngologists also manage the treatment of head and neck cancers, as well as perform reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ears - Hearing loss affects 1 in 10 individuals in the U.S. Otolaryngologists are specially trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
  • Nose - About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health concerns in the U.S. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngology doctors. Conditions include allergies and disorders of the sense of smell as well as breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose.
  • Throat - Communicating (speaking and singing) and eating a meal all involve the throat. Otolaryngologists are experts in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus involving voice and swallowing disorders. Otolaryngologists also treat conditions affecting the tonsils and treat snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Head and neck - This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma and deformities of the face. They also diagnose and treat conditions of the thyroid and salivary glands and perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.