If one were to visit an ENT specialist, then it is highly probable that they will see an audiologist working with them in the same medical practice. Many people are surprised to learn that many audiologists choose to work with ENT’s. But, because of the natural symbiosis, many audiologists have with ear, nose, and throat doctors in practice, the apparent synergy between their respective disciplines makes for a smart, professional relationship.
The medical career choice of becoming an ENT is not a small one. While it may not be as sexy as a heart or brain surgeon, it is no less important or valuable, providing essential and crucial health care to its surrounding population. The ear, nose, and throat can be very delicate due to its proximity to the brain as well as brain stem, and because they share the skull. There are so many little moving parts and processes going on in the region that are critical not only for comfort but for keeping our senses active and functioning at our “factory settings” level.
Many are surprised that our balance neither comes from our legs or our mid-section, or torso, but from a little canal filled with fluid that is like a leveler that carpenters might use and when the liquid is off-balance, our bodies will also be. This makes it challenging to stand, much less walk straight. An ENT specialist will understand how to diagnose and treat this kind of health issue.
Ear, nose, and throat doctors prepare for their careers by excelling academically in high school, college, and then in med school. Training for their practice can take as long as 15 years, primarily if any sub-specialties are pursued which would require additional training. The must passed their Board Examinations, gain a state practicing license before they can begin to seek work. Some choose to stay in academia and perform research, while others work in public systems, at hospitals, in the military, or private practice. Earnings are substantial compared to the American income average per household.
Some ENTs take a specialization in pediatrics and work with children, while others pursue a career in plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Both specialties require additional training as they are sub-specialties. They can also focus on allergies, Rhinology that addresses the nose and sinus cavity, Laryngology that addresses throat issues, as well as head and neck surgery. ENTs are trained to treat anything from deviated septum’s, allergies, earaches, loss of balance, droopy eyes, Down’s Syndrome, cleft palate, sore throats, hearing loss, tumors on the skull, sinusitis, hair loss, loss of smell, nasal congestion, and many more maladies and medical issues.