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Ear, Nose and Throat

Read about the range of care provided by Duke otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose, and throat or ENT doctors. Learn how their care has helped men and women manage a wide variety of conditions.

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Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants
Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants

Both hearing aids and cochlear implants help people with hearing loss to communicate better. Hearing aids do not require surgery and are best suited for people ...

5 Steps to Keeping the Aging Voice Healthy
5 Steps to Keeping the Aging Voice Healthy

As we get older, our voices can become hoarse and weak. But this doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging. Here are a few simple suggestions to help keep ...

Tracheoesophageal Puncture (TEP) Surgery and Tracheoesophageal Voice Prosthesis Help People Speak After Total Laryngectomy
Tracheoesophageal Puncture (TEP) Surgery and Tracheoesophageal Voice Prosthesis Help People Speak After Total Laryngectomy

People with throat or voice box cancers who lose their ability to speak following the removal of of their larynx (voice box) can learn to produce near natural- ...

Balloon Offers Relief from Chronic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Balloon Offers Relief from Chronic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Inserting a small, balloon-like device in a blocked eustachian tube can bring relief to children and adults who suffer from chronic eustachian tube dysfunction ...

Acoustic Neuroma Technique Preserves, Restores Hearing
Acoustic Neuroma Technique Preserves, Restores Hearing

Duke surgeons are using cochlear implants to prevent hearing loss or to restore hearing in people who lost their hearing when benign tumors pressed on nerves i ...

Swallowing Therapy Helps Woman Overcome Dysphagia
Swallowing Therapy Helps Woman Overcome Dysphagia

Elizabeth Morgan, age 51, started having trouble swallowing just a few months after finishing cancer treatment. The Burlington, NC resident began choking on he ...

Sialendoscopy Removes Salivary Stones, Spares Glands, Speeds Recovery
Sialendoscopy Removes Salivary Stones, Spares Glands, Speeds Recovery

When Darlene Carroll complained about pain and swelling in her neck while eating, her doctor told her “it had something to do with my saliva.” A salivary stone ...

Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Relieves Years of Troublesome Symptoms
Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Relieves Years of Troublesome Symptoms

LaShonda Sousa suffered from sneezing fits, a constant runny nose, and other common allergy symptoms for years, but eventually her issues became severe enough ...

Does My Child Need an ENT?
Does My Child Need an ENT?

Constant runny nose? A cough that lasts all winter? Another ear infection? Parents of young kids know all too well that kids get sick…a lot. But where’s the li ...

More People Eligible for Cochlear Implants Thanks to Expanded Criteria
More People Eligible for Cochlear Implants Thanks to Expanded Criteria

People with severe hearing loss in just one ear may now be eligible to receive cochlear implants. These surgically implanted devices not only improve a person’ ...

Keeping Call Center Voices Healthy
Keeping Call Center Voices Healthy

If you work in a call center, your job depends on your voice, and you are considered an occupational voice user. Your voice is the only tool you have to convey ...

Vocal Pacing
Vocal Pacing

The high vocal demands of singers, performers, parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, and other occupational voice users often lead to voice problems from overuse ...