skip to Main Content

Signs You May Need to Visit an ENT

An ENT, also called an Otolaryngologist, is a specialized physician who has completed extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, and throat disorders and injuries. ENTs treat a wide range of issues, ranging from acute to chronic. 

Visiting an ENT may sound intimidating, but they are here to help you breathe better and feel better. Keep reading to see if you would benefit from an ENT visit!

If you experience any of the below symptoms, scheduling an appointment with an ENT is the perfect place to start. 

Sinus Pain

Everyone has 4 different types of sinuses: maxillary (cheekbones), frontal (forehead), ethmoid (between the eyes), and sphenoid sinuses (behind the nose). Together, they make up a connected web of hollow cavities that are lightly lined with mucus. Sinuses help to humidify the air we breathe in. 

Normal sinuses don’t pose any issues. However, they can become inflamed or filled with mucosal fluid, which can lead to bacterial or viral infection. Blocked sinuses can cause facial pain and/or headaches, congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, and other symptoms. Sinuses can become blocked from a sinus infection or sinusitis. If you experience stuffed sinuses that don’t resolve after 6 weeks, it’s a good idea to visit the ENT.

Changes in Hearing 

Everyone will experience some form of hearing loss at some point in their lives, some earlier than others. This all depends on factors such as genetics and environmental exposures. If you are regularly exposed to loud environments such as construction sites, you may experience a degree of hearing loss as a result. Attending loud concerts without earplugs and listening to music loudly via earbuds is a leading cause of hearing loss among young people.

Like vision exams, hearing exams should be performed regularly as a preventive measure. Changes in hearing are not necessarily due to hearing loss – there could be earwax buildup, eustachian tube dysfunction, or something else that is causing your hearing to change. 

If you experience any changes in hearing, it’s important to visit an ENT. Other symptoms of something going on with your ears include a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears, muffled hearing, frequent ear-popping, ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and frequent ear infections

Constant Congestion

It’s normal to feel congested during a sinus infection or cold, but this shouldn’t persist for longer than 6 weeks. If you experience frequent sinus infections that don’t respond well to treatment, chronic sinusitis may be to blame. This can put your sinuses in a chronically inflamed state which prevents them from draining properly. 

There are several reasons why you may have chronic congestion. Chronic sinusitis, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and other issues can lead to inflamed nasal passageways. Visiting an ENT will help you narrow down the possibilities and get you the proper treatment.

If you’ve been experiencing ear, nose, or sinus troubles, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you get to the bottom of what’s causing your discomfort. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Marc Dean at the Ear & Sinus Institute today!


Make an Appointment
Call Us to Schedule an Appointment: (817) 332-4060
Back To Top