Otolaryngology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders. Such disorders include: ear infections, tonsillitis, nose bleeds, sleep apnea, tinnitus, sinus infections and hearing problems.
Virtua's otolaryngologists, ENTs, perform a variety of tests to diagnose ENT disorders. Those tests include, but are not limited to:
- Allergy testing
- Facial nerve testing
- Hearing evaluation and rehabilitation
- Smell and taste testing
- Speech and language evaluation
Virtua otolaryngology (ENT) surgeons specialize in minimally invasive procedures. Those procedures include:
- Adenoid removal
- Aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Diagnostic bronchoscopy
- Ear drum repair (tympanoplasty)
- Ear surgery
- Ear tube insertion
- Endoscopic sinus surgery
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Nose surgery
- Parathyroid surgery/removal
- Pituitary and salivary gland surgery
- Thyroid biopsy and removal
- Thyroid gland removal
- Tonsil removal
In addition to otolaryngologists, Virtua provides audiology services through the Virtua Rehabilitation Network. Clinically experienced and licensed therapists provide comprehensive hearing services to all ages including:
- Hearing tests
- Hearing aid dispensing and repairs
- Tinnitus counseling
- Maskers, used to treat tinnitus
In addition, the audiology department is approved to perform advanced tests on children from birth to 3 years old including:
- High frequency probe tone tympanometry
- Auditory brain stem response testing
The auditory brain stem response test detects Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Children with CAPD do not hear correctly because of the way their brains interpret what they hear.
Because symptoms of CAPD often mimic other childhood disorders, it's often mistaken for learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and depression.
Through this special testing, Virtua audiologists are able to correctly diagnose CAPD. Once diagnosed, children work with a speech pathologist to alleviate some of the problems associated with CAPD.