If you’re experiencing hearing problems, pain, or other issues in your ear, it’s time to visit an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Most of us have our ears checked at regular primary care check-ups, but the ENT will go much further in-depth with their examination. Here are a few things to expect when visiting the ear doctor.
First, your doctor will go over your entire medical history.
You will discuss not only the ear issues you’re facing but any other health-related concerns. Your body is a machine and all its parts are connected. So be forthcoming with any and all information regarding your medical history.
Next, your doctor will typically perform a comprehensive head and neck examination. This examination will involve a look into your nasal cavity and sinus passages and larynx. The doctor will look for any abnormalities. The doctor will usually spray your nose with a topical decongestant and anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. In some cases, a camera will be inserted in the nasal cavities to get a deeper and more comprehensive look inside.
This examination can feel slightly uncomfortable or unnerving. Try to remain calm, take deep breaths, and remind yourself that this is a very routine procedure.