When you’re dealing with an ear-related medical issue, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out what type of doctor you need to see.
At the same time, there does tend to be an understandable amount of confusion around the question, “Should I see an audiologist or an ENT?”
At the end of the day, audiologists and ENTs often have to work together, and depending on your condition, you may need to see both. However, let’s cover a few rough guidelines on when to see an ENT.
When should I see an ENT doctor?
ENT doctors specialize in disorders and medical conditions of the ear, nose, and throat — thus, the name. You can see an audiologist and an ENT to address hearing issues, but an ENT can also diagnose ear disorders that may be caused by an additional or underlying medical condition (such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, head trauma, balance issues, and ear pain). If needed, an ENT doctor can also perform surgery.
If you experience sudden hearing loss, we recommend seeing an ENT (over an audiologist) as soon as possible (preferably within 24 hours).
Should I see an audiologist for tinnitus?
We often receive, “Should I see an audiologist for tinnitus?” as a follow-up question to “Should I see an audiologist or ENT?” You can see an audiologist or an ENT for tinnitus, but an ENT will be better equipped to address tinnitus with underlying causes, such as sinusitis and tinnitus.
Get your hearing questions answered by an ENT at Sinus Solutions of South Florida
Still wondering, “Should I see an audiologist or an ENT?” The staff at Sinus Solutions of South Florida is here to help. We can answer questions such as “Should I see an audiologist or an ENT?” and “Can a sinus infection cause hearing loss?” And we can also discuss treatment options, including getting hearing aids from your ENT.
Dealing with hearing and ear disorders can be overwhelming. Get the compassionate, client-centered care you need at Sinus Solutions of South Florida in Tampa and West Palm Beach. Give us a call at 561-790-7744 or request a consultation online today.
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