Loss of hearing affects one in ten persons.
The treatment of disorders of the ear is the preserve of an ENT specialist.
He is trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, tinnitus, pain and disorders of the face and skull.
Every year, chronic sinusitis is one of the most common reasons for consulting an ENT speciacialist.
The nasal cavitiesand sinuses form part of the core competencies of an ENT specialist.
Care of the nasal region includes allergies and sense of smell.
An ENT doctor also specialises in what affects breathing through the nose as well as its appearance.
Communication (talking, singing) and consumption of food use this vital region.
An ENT specialist is also skilled in caring for diseases of the larynx (the voice organ) and the upper part of the digestive tract or oesophagus, including disorders of the voice and swallowing.
This essential region of the body includes the important nerves, which control sight, smell, hearing and the face.
An ENT specialist is trained in treating infectious diseases and benign and malignant tumours in this region.