Ear, Nose & Throat

Rely on the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists at Essentia Health to treat a wide array of conditions related to your breathing, hearing, speech, or swallowing. Our specialists treat conditions ranging from recurring ear infections and seasonal allergies to hearing loss and facial reconstruction.

What’s an ENT Doctor?

An ear, nose, and throat specialist, also called an otolaryngologist or ENT for short, is a doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth, throat, head, and neck.

When to Get Care

Your primary care doctor can diagnose and treat most common ear, nose, and throat conditions. See a health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms related to your ear, nose, or throat:

  • Dizziness, vertigo, or balance problems
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of ability to smell or taste
  • Lumps or sores that don’t heal
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pain or numbness
  • Speech problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Voice changes, sore throat, snoring, or swallowing problems

If you have severe symptoms you will be referred to an ENT specialist. 

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Your Care Team

Benefit from the expertise of professionals working together with your best interest in mind. In addition to your primary care provider and ENT specialist, you may also work with:

Diagnostic Tests

Your providers may perform diagnostic tests, including:

  • Hearing tests
  • Esophageal pH monitoring to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Imaging tests
  • Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) to visually inspect the throat, larynx, esophagus and upper stomach

Personalized Treatment Plan

You and your provider will work together to create a treatment plan tailored to you. Depending on your condition, your provider may recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking if you smoke
  • Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • Medications
  • Hearing aids
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Laser treatments
  • Surgery

ENT Surgery

Your doctor will recommend noninvasive treatments, like lifestyle changes or medications, whenever possible. But if you need surgery to treat your condition, trust that your ENT specialist can expertly perform your procedure. Learn more about ENT surgery at Essentia.

Ear Infections

How do you know if it's an ear infection? When is it time to go to the doctor? Learn more in this Medical Insight video.


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