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Ear, nose and throat

Some ear, nose or throat problems can make you feel downright miserable. But you can turn to the experts at Truman Medical Centers/University Health for help.

Our ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors are board-certified otolaryngologists. We are supported by our highly experienced ENT nurses and other health specialists.

Our approach to care is to build relationships with our patients, many of whom we see for years. We enjoy getting to know you. It's not uncommon for us to learn the names of our patients' children and grandchildren.

We truly have a heart for our patients, and we will work hard to promptly address your questions or concerns and to help you in any way we can.

ENT conditions we treat

We provide surgery, when needed. But we do much more than that. We offer treatments that can improve your quality of life. For example, we help people finally find relief from long-lasting sinus problems, blocked nasal passages, dizziness or hearing problems. For our patients with head and neck cancer, we offer compassionate and coordinated care.

Conditions we treat in adults ages 18 and older include:

  • Chronic sinusitis, which is typically defined as a sinus infection that lasts for at least eight weeks.
  • Chronic otitis, a middle-ear infection.
  • Deviated septum, which refers to crooked cartilage that separates each nasal passage.
  • Head and neck masses. We can find and treat abnormal growths that may be cancer, including larynx, tonsil, nasal, thyroid and parathyroid cancers. A cancer diagnosis can be stressful. That's why we make sure you have the information you need to begin treatment. It's also why we help set up appointments with other cancer specialists that you may need to see.
  • Hearing loss. Hearing tests are performed in the University Health Audiology Clinic. Our ENT doctors may be asked to rule out or treat more serious medical causes of hearing loss, like infections or benign tumors.
  • Hoarseness, which can be a symptom of many conditions, including acid reflux.
  • Nasal polyps, which are growths in the nasal or sinus passages can make it hard to breathe.
  • Ruptured eardrum, which can cause hearing problems or infections.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Tonsillitis caused by chronic tonsil infections.
  • Vertigo (dizziness).

What to expect from an otolaryngologist

Your path to feeling better starts with a thorough assessment in our office. We have access to powerful diagnostic tools, such as lighted scopes that we can use to carefully examine your throat or your nasal and sinus passages. A CT or MRI imaging scan may also be a part of your assessment.

We will develop a treatment plan that fits your specific needs. Many ENT problems can be treated in our University Health ENT Clinic. We can also perform some procedures here.

In other cases, we may recommend surgery. If surgery would benefit you, it will be performed at Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District. We offer a number of ENT surgeries, including sinus surgery, tonsillectomies, nasal polyp removal, and surgeries that remove a wide variety of cancers and potential tumors within the head and neck.

How to make an appointment with our ENT clinic

You will need a referral from a doctor to see an ENT physician. To schedule an appointment, please call 816.404.4365 Monday through Friday.