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Question #1 Dr, Crigger, We hear you are new to Boone Memorial Hospital. What types of services will you provide there as an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, ENT?
Answer #1 As an ENT, I diagnose and treat disorders of the ear, nose, throat and neck.

Some of the services I will offer at Boone Memorial Hospital will be:

  • Surgery of the ears, nose, sinuses, adenoids/tonsils, mouth, throat, vocal cords, neck, thyroid, parathyroid(s) and head
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of head and neck cancers, including skin cancers
  • Hearing Evaluations
  • Treatment of Hearing Loss
  • Treatment for Speech Issues

Question #2 We know that an ENT focuses on problems concerning the ear, nose and throat, but what specifically warrants a call or visit to an ENT?
Answer #2 Let’s start with the acronym basics:

  • Ear. Ear disorders, such as hearing impairment, ear infections, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus and pain in your ears are all conditions that should be assessed and treated by an ENT.
  • Nose. An ENT’s expertise includes the nose, nasal cavities and sinuses and problems affecting smell, breathing and physical appearance.
  • Throat. Conditions that affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing and digestion should all be addressed by an ENT.
    An ENT’s role extends to issues surrounding the neck and head that are ENT-related. These include diseases, tumors, trauma, and deformities of the head, neck, and face. An ENT can also perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to address issues in these areas.

Question #3 Can you give us a list of specific issues that may be associated with the ears, nose and throat? For example…would someone with asthma and allergy issues see an ENT? Or a tonsil infection?
Answer #3 • Nerve problems in your ears, nose, or throat

  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Ear infection
  • Tonsil or adenoid infection
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Pain in your ears, nose, or throat
  • Tinnitus
  • Breathing problems
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Sinus problems or infections
  • Growth or tumor in your ears, nose, or throat
  • Deviated septum
  • Undesired appearance of the nose or face
  • Nose bleeds
  • Nasal congestion
  • Problems with smell
  • Voice or swallowing problems
  • Sore throat or hoarseness
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Question #4 Are there preventative measures one can take to decrease chances of developing diseases or cancers associated with the ears, nose and throat?
Answer #4 - Wearing hearing protection if exposed to loud noises.
- Being aware of other diseases such as thyroid diseases, stress, cardiovascular disease, etc and how they can affect your health.
- Refraining from smoking.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.

Question #5 If someone is considering going into your specialty can you please explain what type of schooling and training it entails?
Answer #5 - 4 years of college, 4 years medical school and 4 years training specific to ENT. Sometimes the specific training is now 5-6 years versus 4. And if you want to sub specialize (facial plastics or only focus on ears, nose or throat you may need another year or so).  
- I’m deaf in one ear so I had a special interest in hearing loss from an early age. My doctors think my hearing loss was due to the mumps. One in 25,000 people experience one sided hearing loss due to the mumps.
- I was also severely dyslexic.
- I’ve been told my story has encouraged others to become an ENT over the years.