Ear, Nose, and Throat

Children have many problems with their ears, noses, and throats. In fact, more than 80 percent of children will experience an ear infection by age 3. UT Southwestern Medical Center offers expert and compassionate care for infants and children with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders. Our pediatric ENT program also provides reconstructive surgery for children who have been born without one or both ears.

Our caring and compassionate ENT specialists utilize UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art diagnostic resources to accurately identify and treat the spectrum of pediatric ENT conditions.

Some of the pediatric ENT conditions treated at UT Southwestern include:

  • Deviated septum
  • Ear ache
  • Ear infection
  • Lymph nodes
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Nasal congestion
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis

For children 3 years of age and older with severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment, UT Southwestern has the advanced diagnostic resources to accurately determine whether a child may benefit from a cochlear implant or specialized hearing aids. Our program also provides a comprehensive rehabilitation program for children after they receive their assisted-hearing device.

Our specialists look forward to meeting with our pediatric patients and their families and providing caring and effective treatments to meet children’s total heath care needs.

The pediatric ENT health care services offered at UT Southwestern include the following areas of specialization:

Ear

  • Audiologic testing, including standard hearing, otoacoustic emissions (OAE), and auditory brainstem response (ABR) tests
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Congenital or traumatic conditions
  • Infections of the outer, middle, or inner ear
  • Management of hearing and balance disorders
  • Middle ear reconstructive surgery to restore mechanical hearing
  • Surgical and medical care for chronic diseases, such as cholesteatomas

Nose

  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
  • Removal of adenoids
  • Surgical and medical treatment of chronic sinusitis

Throat

  • Endoscopic examination of air, food, and sinus passages
  • Evaluation and treatment of infectious, congenital, and neoplastic head and neck masses, including the lymph nodes and thyroid gland
  • Evaluation and treatment of voice disorders
  • Removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and recurrent infections
  • Surgical and medical treatment of diseases of the larynx and trachea, including subglottic stenosis and tracheotomy