Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
Our Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) centre provides an extensive range of treatments for ear, nose and throat-related diseases, as well as the related structures of the head and neck.
What do ENT specialist Treat?
- Ear: Otolaryngologists are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. They also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
- Nose: Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Otolaryngologists diagnose, manage and treat allergies, sinusitis, smell disorders, polyps, and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. They can also correct the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty surgery).
- Throat: Otolaryngologists have expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or oesophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
- Head and Neck: In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumours, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
What We Can Do For You
- Pediatric otolaryngology (specializing in ENT problems in children)
- Otology/neurotology/audiology (specializing in ears, balance, and tinnitus)
- Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Head and neck surgery (specializing in tumors of the head and neck)
- Laryngology (specializing in the throat, voice, and swallowing)
- Rhinology (specializing in the nose and sinus cavity)
- Thyroidectomy (surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland)
- Tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped glands located at the back of the throat)
Common conditions treated include:
- Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Airway disorders
- Voice disorder
- Ear infections
- Hearing impairment
- Neck masses
- Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI)
- Sinus disease
- Enlarged adenoids
- Pain in ear, nose, or throat
- Avoid contact with infected people (that is who have cough, cold or flu like symptoms). Most of the sore throats, cold and flu are viral infections which are transmitted from one person to another.
- Wash hand frequently and thoroughly with soap and water as this helps to destroy viruses that are acquired from touching contaminated surfaces.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth as germs often spread from hands (hands get contaminated when you touch something that is contaminated and then when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth you get infected).
- Adopt healthy lifestyle such as quit smoking and learn stress management.
- Blow your nose gently as blowing hard to clean the nose and sinuses can damage the eardrums and affect your hearing.
- Be careful to avoid soap and shampoo from entering your ears while taking a bath or shower as these products can cause irritation and make the ear itch.
- Use cotton swabs or ear buds to clean around the ear, gently. Avoid inserting it inside the ear canal.
- If you are exposed to loud noises wear protective earplugs.
- Do not insert objects into the ear, to clean as they do not to clean the ear but push the wax and other foreign bodies deeper into the ear, thus causing further irritation infection.
- If you develop otitis after swimming, wear ear plugs and dry the ear by using an ear dryer after swimming. Avoid swimming in polluted swimming pools.
- In dry climate, avoid dryness in the nose or maintain hydration of the nasal passages using a humidifier inside your home and office to increase environmental humidity.
- Apply petroleum jelly to the outside of your nostrils if it is dry or before going out in cold, but do not overuse it. Saline nose sprays can also help to keep the nasal passage well moisturized.