Determine If You Need to See a Specialist
When a general practitioner cannot resolve or identify your ear, nose or throat-related issue, they will typically refer you to an otolaryngologist.
Below is a handy self-screener that can help you determine if you should see an ENT.
- Do you experience frequent hoarseness or sore throat?
- Have you noticed a lump or swelling in your neck lasting more than two weeks?
- Have you ever been told or suspect that you snore and/or stop breathing while you sleep?
- Have you experienced four or more sinus infections in the past year?
- Are your nasal symptoms worse in the spring, summer and/or fall?
- Do you ever experience facial pain, facial pressure, sinus headaches or congestion?
- Are you experiencing sudden hearing loss?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might be experiencing an ear, nose or throat disorder.
What Are the Next Steps for Your ENT Visit?
1. Setup an Appointment
Contact us to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngology specialist. You can use our submission form or visit our location page for direct contact information. Our front office staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
2. Prepare for Your Visit
Write down your symptoms even if they do not seem related to the condition you are being seen for, including how long you’ve had them, when they occur and if anything helps them feel better or makes them worse.
Write down any other conditions you are being treated for and any prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking.
Bring this list with you and provide it to your ENT doctor.
3. Set Your First-Time Visit Expectations
An otolaryngologist may ask you a number of questions related to your symptoms, including when you first noticed them, when they affect you the most and any lifestyle changes that may be a contributing factor.
Your doctor will typically examine your ears and sinuses using an otoscope, visually examine your throat and tonsils and feel your neck for lumps. Depending on your reason for visiting, further testing, including X-rays or CT scans, may be requested before a diagnosis can be made.
Take the first step toward ear, nose and throat relief. Schedule an appointment today.
Call Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Associates at (602) 944-3311 for more information or to schedule an appointment.