HearOPG is an organization of Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians & Audiologists together providing state of the art hearing solutions at competitive prices.
What is an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Physician)?
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
What do Otolaryngologists treat?Hearing loss affects one in ten Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists includes the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear. In addition, they are experts at diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.
What is an Audiologist?An Audiologist is the professional who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. They conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem. They dispense and fit hearing devices and instruments including the most technologically advanced digital hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.
Why should someone with hearing loss be evaluated by an Audiologist?Audiologists hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their extensive education, professional certification and licensure, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services. They address hearing loss in children and adults.