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Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)

If you or a member of your family are experiencing symptoms of an ear, nose or throat condition, visit a St. Lawrence Health otolaryngologist for a consultation.

Otolaryngology is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, and throat causing pain, irritation, difficulty with hearing or speaking, or with the sense of smell or taste. Otolaryngology can utilize surgical or nonsurgical methods of treatment depending on symptoms.

ENT Conditions and Treatments

Some of the conditions and symptoms diagnosed and treated by an ENT (ear, nose, throat) provider include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head or neck
  • Chronic nosebleeds
  • Earache
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Nasal allergies
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Pediatric ear, nose, and throat conditions, including ear infections and ear tubes
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinus infections and allergies
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vertigo

When to Visit an ENT Specialist

Certain symptoms should cause you to immediately make an appointment with an otolaryngologist. Chronic sinus infections can lead to excess pressure and even pain in the head and face and occur frequently. An ENT will be able to treat your sinuses as well as provide you with methods to prevent future infections from forming.

A case of laryngitis lasting over six weeks could be caused by more than a common cold. Ear infections are more common in pediatric patients but can indicate more severe conditions. Symptoms lasting more than a few days should be assessed by an ENT specialist to determine an exact diagnosis and the best course of treatment for your needs. Mild symptoms may be treated by antibiotics, while more serious symptoms may require outpatient or inpatient care.


Leroy Outpatient Center, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam
(315) 261-5913

St. Lawrence Health Medical Campus, 6119 US Route 11, Canton
(315) 261-5810

Maurice Bettez MD, FRCS
Maurice Bettez, MD, FRCS
Michael G Chater MD, FRCSC, FACS
Michael G. Chater, MD, FRCSC, FACS