An ENT doctor is a medical specialist who helps with problems related to your ears, nose, and throat. These doctors use their knowledge and skills to make sure you feel better and can hear, breathe, and speak comfortably.

If you have any troubles with your ears, nose, or throat, an otolaryngologist is the right person to help you feel better and stay healthy.

When Should I Visit an ENT?

You might be referred to an ENT doctor by your primary care physician if you have ongoing problems with your ears, nose, or throat that they can’t fully treat.

For instance, if you keep getting ear infections, have trouble breathing through your nose, or your throat issues don’t improve, your primary care doctor might recommend seeing an ENT specialist.

They’ll work together with the ENT to make sure you get the best care for your specific needs.

What Conditions Does an ENT Treat?

ENT specialists treat a wide range of conditions.  Below are a few of the most common conditions.

Ear Conditions:

  • Ear Infections: Infections in your outer, middle, or inner ear.
  • Tinnitus: Ringing sounds in your ears.
  • Dizziness: Feeling off balance due to inner ear issues.
  • Vertigo: Feeling like things are spinning around you.
  • Ruptured Eardrum: A hole in your eardrum.
  • Eustachian Tube Trouble: When tubes that connect your ears and throat get blocked.
  • Otosclerosis: Odd bone growth in your middle ear.
  • Ménière’s Disease: Rare issue affecting hearing and balance.

Nose Conditions:

  • Sinusitis: Nose and forehead air passages get infected.
  • Allergies: Reactions to things like pollen or pet dander.
  • Rhinitis: Swelling in your nose’s inner lining.
  • Nosebleeds: Bleeding from infections, allergies, or injury.
  • Postnasal Drip: Extra mucus goes down your throat.
  • Deviated Septum: The nose’s cartilage is off-center.
  • Nasal Polyps: Noncancerous growths from allergies or infections.
  • Nasal and Paranasal Tumors: Growths in your nose that can be cancerous.

Throat Conditions:

  • Sore Throat: From infections, allergies, or irritants.
  • Tonsillitis: Infection of your tonsils.
  • Laryngitis: Swelling of your voice box.
  • Swallowing Problems: Hard time swallowing due to mouth, throat, or esophagus issues.
  • Vocal Cord Issues: Problems like nodules, dysfunction, or paralysis.

Sleep Problems:

  • Snoring: Noisy breathing during sleep due to relaxed airway tissues.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The airway narrows or closes, causing breathing pauses.

Head and Neck Tumors:

  • Hemangiomas: Extra blood vessel growths, often in babies.
  • Salivary Gland Tumors: Growths in your saliva glands.
  • Oral Cancer: Common head and neck cancer affecting your lips, inner cheeks, tongue, and floor or roof of your mouth
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer: Middle throat cancer, usually squamous cell type.
  • Laryngeal Cancer: Affects the voice box.
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer: Upper throat cancer connecting the nose and respiratory system.
  • Thyroid Cancer: Affects the thyroid gland in your neck.

Our Ear, Nose, and Throat Providers

Zachary Robinett, MD

Zachary Robinett, MD

Ear, Nose, & Throat

    Our Ear, Nose, and Throat Location

    Franklin County Specialty Clinic
    64 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
    Second Floor, Suite 200
    Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    (208) 852-3662


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