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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Otolaryngology

Otolaryngologists are experts specialized in areas of the ear, nose and throat, including head and neck. These experts are more commonly referred to as ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists. Many times, obstructions or complications in this area can impact basic health system functions such as breathing, eating and/or sleeping. 

You don't need a doctor's referral to see our ENT specialist. Call us at (641) 236-2585 to schedule an appointment.

Our ENT team provides high-quality care to make sure you see positive outcomes and, most importantly, feel better. You can be assured that our ENT team works closely with your primary care provider to coordinate care and keep your primary physician involved in the decisions surrounding your health.

What ENT Specialists Treat

Ear

Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of ENT specialists, or otolaryngologists, is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus) and some 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 complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of ENT specialists. Problems in the nasal area include allergies, smell disorders, polyps and nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum. ENT specialists can also correct the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty surgery).

Throat

Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. ENT specialists are experts in managing diseases of the throat, larynx (voice box) and the upper esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.

Head and Neck

This area of the body includes the important functions of sight, smell, hearing and the appearance of the face. In the head and neck area, ENT specialists are trained to treat infections, benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma and deformities of the face.

Common Conditions

Our UnityPoint Health – Grinnell ENT expert diagnoses and treats conditions involving the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. Our ENT team works with patients who have experienced hearing loss, balance disorders, sinus problems, allergies, head/neck cancers, facial plastics and some sleep conditions. Patients range in age from infancy to adulthood.

Read more about common ear, nose and throat conditions.

Procedures

When it comes to treating ear, nose and throat conditions, we offer procedures performed by our highly-skilled care team. You can expect:

  • Personalized care for patients of all ages
  • Use of the latest expertise and technology, to ease discomfort and decrease recovery time
  • A supportive care team, who is there to help at all stages of your treatment and recovery

Various surgeries for the ear, nose and throat are available to improve health and functionality. Airway reconstruction can be an option for patients with breathing difficulties such as constriction and noisy breathing, while vocal cord surgery addresses similar problems with sound and articulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I talk to regarding my ear, nose and throat concerns?

Our specialist is happy to discuss your ear, nose and throat concerns. Recurring symptoms may be signs of other health problems and should be evaluated. 

If you experience any of these repeat symptoms, give us a call at (641) 236-2585 to schedule an appointment with our ENT specialist. Your needs matter to us, that is why we work alongside your primary care provider to coordinate your specific needs.

Why is my child experiencing repeat ear infections and/or strep throat?

Both ear infection and strep throat are very common among children. Your child may require more than just medication and rest to stop repeat infections. 

 Common symptoms of ear infection: 

  • Fever
  • Pain in middle ear
  • Drainage
  • Irritability and restlessness

Common symptoms of strep throat: 

  • Fever Soreness/redness of throat 
  • Trouble swallowing 
  •  Swollen lymph nodes 
  •  Headache

If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please call (641) 236-2585 to schedule an appointment with our ENT specialist. Our specialist can work with you and your primary care provider to evaluate the recurring discomfort and establish a treatment recommendation.

What is causing my lack of balance?

There are three main sections of the ear—outer, middle and inner ear. The inner ear helps to control your sense of balance. Problems of the inner ear can arise from buildup of debris and fluid, growths or trauma causing inflammation and infections. Along with unsteadiness from lack of balance, it can also cause dizziness, vertigo and lightheadedness. Call (641) 236-2585 to schedule a consultation with our ENT specialist.

Should my deviated septum be treated?

A deviated septum can result in discomfort of the face, trouble breathing and nosebleeds. If left untreated, it can continue to cause sinus congestion and discomfort, leading to unwanted infection and pain. Call us at (641) 236-2585 to schedule a consultation appointment.

Are allergies and/or colds causing my sinus infections?

While allergies and colds can cause nasal drainage, congestion and discomfort, they usually do not cause sinus infections. They can, however, create an environment in which it is easier for bacteria to cause sinus infections. Cold and allergy symptoms that do not clear in a timely manner or occur frequently may cause inflammation and infections.

If you are experiencing persistent sinus swelling, pain and discomfort from colds and/or allergies, our ENT team can work with your primary care provider to assess your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan. Call us at (641) 236-2585 to schedule an appointment.