How does COVID-19 impact appointments?

During this time of public health concern, many appointments for otolaryngology and ENT services may take place via telehealth wherever it's possible and appropriate. For all in-person visits, you can feel confident that our locations are safe. We've taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected. Visit our COVID-19 safety page for more information.

The comprehensive otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center provide expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic conditions affecting the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. 

What does an ENT do? 

Also known as general otolaryngologists (or ENTs), comprehensive otolaryngologists do not limit their scope of practice to one portion of the head and neck, allowing them to treat a broad range of conditions—from simple to severe, at any age of life. Conditions evaluated by these physicians include neck masses, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, salivary gland disorders, tonsil problems, voice and swallowing disorders, nasal obstruction, sleep apnea, chronic rhinosinusitis and hearing loss.

Comprehensive otolaryngologists frequently serve as a link between patients and other specialists within the medical center. Many patients experiencing ear, nose or throat issues will meet with an otolaryngologist first for symptom assessment and investigation. This meeting allows for shorter patient wait-times and can also initiate necessary labs, imaging studies and other tests to diagnose the problem.

After a work-up of the problem is established, patients may continue to receive medical or surgical treatment from the otolaryngologist. A patient may also be referred to another specialist within the Otolaryngology Department for additional evaluation or management of more complex issues. 

Do I need a referral to see an ENT? 

For most diagnoses, you do not need a referral to see an otolaryngologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. See the conditions below to learn more about the issues we most commonly treat, then choose the physician and location that best suit your needs.
General ENT Conditions

General ENT Conditions

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