If you’re having hearing problems, you may be wondering whether you should go to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) or an audiologist. There is indeed a distinct difference between these two specialists.
Let’s compare and contrast the functions and capabilities of an audiologist and an ENT doctor, and discuss which one may be best for you.
What Is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a medical hearing specialist who can help people of all ages with their hearing. Audiologists also deal with communication disorders caused by a hearing deficit.
An audiologist is trained to assess and treat people with hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and also balance issues and dizziness. However, an audiologist is not a physician.
As hearing loss specialists, they can:
- Identify and address hearing and balance disorders
- Help patients choose the best hearing aid or listening device for their hearing loss
- Explain how to use these hearing devices
- Explain the effects of noise on hearing
If an underlying medical condition is the reason behind your ear problems, your audiologist will refer you to an ENT doctor.
What Is an ENT Doctor?
An ear, nose, and throat doctor, also called an otolaryngologist, is a licensed physician specializing in the entire ear, nose, and throat region. They can also perform surgical procedures if necessary, such as with sinus issues.
Your audiologist may refer you to an ENT doctor if your hearing loss is caused by medical issues such as an ear infection or tumor. Likewise, an ENT doctor may refer you to an audiologist if you need a hearing loss assessment and possibly hearing aids.
An ENT doctor can diagnose and treat all problems related to the ears, nose, and throat, including:
- Inner ear diseases and problems
- Sinusitis and other sinus issues
- Issues of the larynx and trachea
- Underlying causes of hearing loss
- Ear infections
- Removal of earwax
- Voice disorders
- Cancer of the tongue, throat, or thyroid
- Sleeping disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea
ENT Specialist in Georgetown, Texas
An ENT doctor can help you with much more than your hearing problems. They also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complex ear issues, and anything involving the ears, nose, and throat.
Here at Georgetown ENT, our own Dr. Scott Franklin is a double-board-certified ENT surgeon and sleep medicine doctor with years of experience in his field. Together with our medical team, he provides world-class care and state-of-the-art treatments for all of our patients’ needs. Also on our team is Abeda Mueed, who is an experienced clinical audiologist – so you can have your hearing tested right here on our premises.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (512) 869-0604 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you enjoy the sounds of life!