FAQs. General Information

An audiologist is a healthcare professional who has a degree, license, and certification in audiology (the science of hearing). An audiologist measures hearing, identifies hearing loss, and participates in the habilitation/rehabilitation of those persons with hearing loss.

Since 2002, our audiologists have offered comprehensive hearing services for children ages birth to 21 years old in East Tennessee and surrounding areas. Children’s Hearing Center of East Tennessee has a history of identifying and serving pediatric patients with communication disorders. We focus on the special needs of children and their families, by providing quality clinical care in an environment that is both friendly and supportive. We partner with physicians, teachers, agencies, communication specialists, speech language pathologists etc. in an effort to meet our patients’ individual needs.

Selecting a doctor to treat any illness can be overwhelming.  Here are a few things to consider when selecting the right doctor for you or your family member:

  • Medical education and training
  • Licenses and board certification
  • Practice areas of specialty
  • Office locations
  • Physician availability
  • Insurance coverage
The physicians and staff of Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants of East Tennessee are specialty trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult ENT disorders and diseases.

ENT doctors start private practice after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training.  They are well-trained in the medical and surgical treatment of ears, nose, and throat disorders and diseases.

To become Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, the physician must first complete college (four years), medical school (four years), and at least five years of specialty training.  Next, the physician must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology exam.

Some ENT physicians also complete one or two years additional specialty training, called fellowship training.

All of the physicians of Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants of East Tennessee are Board Certified.

ENT doctors treat diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck, sleep disorders, snoring, sinus problems and allergies.

Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants of East Tennessee provide a wide range of patient services for adults and children.  Here is a sample of diagnosis and treatments offered:

Ears & Hearing

  • Ear wax
  • Ear infections
  • Dizziness & balance disorders
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Complete hearing evaluation
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hearing aids
  • Custom swim plugs
  • Custom hearing protection

Nose & Sinus

  • Sinus infections
  • Sinus headaches
  • Sinus surgery
  • Crooked or broken nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nasal obstruction/deviated septum
  • Nosebleeds

Throat & Neck

  • Tonsils and adenoid (T&A) disease
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Voice and swallowing disorders
  • Hoarseness
  • Thyroid / parathyroid disease
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Parotid & salivary gland tumors

Nasal Allergy

  • Evaluation of cold or allergies
  • Sneezing, wheezing, and dripping nose
  • Allergy testing and treatment
  • Allergy shots

Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring

Selecting a doctor to treat any illness can be overwhelming.  Here are a few things to consider when selecting the right doctor for you or your family member:

  • Medical education and training
  • Licenses and board certification
  • Practice areas of specialty
  • Office locations
  • Physician availability
  • Insurance coverage
The physicians and staff of Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants of East Tennessee are specialty trained to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult ENT disorders and diseases.

 Anatomy

The anatomy of the ear can be divided into three major sections: the Outer ear, the Middle ear and the Inner Ear. In order for hearing to be normal, all three sections need to be working properly.

Audiograms

These results recorded on an audiogram help determine the person’s hearing and the amount of hearing loss. The audiologist uses this information to determine if a hearing aid is needed.

Hearing Loss

There are several types and causes of hearing loss. Proper treatment is dependent on a full assessment to determine the degree and configuration of hearing loss.