Every day, our ear, nose and throat (ENT) team at University of Chicago Medicine helps patients with chronic, complex and rare head and neck conditions, including those that affect hearing, smelling, breathing, swallowing, tasting, and speaking. We offer comprehensive testing to accurately determine the underlying problem, as well as the latest medical and surgical treatments.

A quick and accurate diagnosis is essential when treating chronic nasal and sinus disorders. UChicago Medicine is home to a nasal and sinus program that offers second opinions and consultations from world-renowned physicians for chronic sinusitis disorders.

In a comprehensive, coordinated visit, our ENT specialists can evaluate a variety of sinus problems, including:

  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Recurrent infection
  • Loss of smell
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps

Our multidisciplinary staff includes experts in otolaryngology, allergy, radiology, neurology and pulmonology.

During your office visit, our physicians will review your medical records and diagnostic tests. Through this thorough evaluation, our experts will assess your condition and recommend treatment options that will best suit your needs. If you need additional appointments with our various experts, we will coordinate follow-up visits as well.

Contact us at 773-702-1865 for an appointment.

UChicago Medicine care providers perform complete diagnostic evaluations to determine the cause and extent of various problems that affect the ears, nose and throat. In addition to common screenings, our ENT experts provide many diagnostic tests that are only available at leading programs. These include:

  • Speech, voice, throat and upper airway tests
  • Hearing, balance and ear-related tests
  • Sinus and nasal-related tests
Our ENT specialists have conducted important research on the effectiveness of various methods for treating allergies and sinus issues. As a result, our patients have access to the newest medications and procedures.

When surgery is needed, our physicians can perform advanced endoscopic procedures, which eliminate the need for external incisions and offer greater precision.

The UChicago Medicine ear and hearing center team offers the full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services for hearing loss, inner ear balance disorders and abnormalities of the ear. This highly skilled team cares for patients of all ages and includes:

  • Ear surgeons
  • Certified audiologists
  • Experienced nurses
  • Speech-language pathologists

In addition, our specialists treat diseases and problems of the inner ear and skull base that are related to the nervous system, including tumors.

The head and neck cancer program offers state-of-the-art treatments designed to preserve organs and their function. Our otolaryngologists team up with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and other cancer specialists at UChicago Medicine's nationally-ranked cancer program. Speech-language pathologists, nurse practitioners and pathologists also are members of the multidisciplinary team for head and neck cancers. Treatment approaches for cancer include:

  • Concomitant chemoradiotherapy, which involves shrinking tumors with simultaneous chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery
  • Surgical techniques that preserve nerve function, including transoral robotic surgery (TORS), an innovative procedure to remove certain head and neck cancers through the mouth, rather than through large incisions via the throat or jaw
  • Advanced surgical techniques, including laser microsurgery, to reconstruct bone, soft tissue and nerves to preserve appearance and function when radical surgery is necessary to treat advanced cancer
We offer advanced therapies for sleep-related disorders, including excessive snoring and sleep apnea. Our ENT experts work with specialists in our comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center to determine the best solution for each patient’s sleep-related problem.

Treatments include outpatient surgical procedures to reduce snoring, such as laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) and somnuplasty.
The Center for Speech and Swallowing Disorders provides evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech and swallowing disorders can result from cancer, stroke, surgery, congenital deformity and other causes. Treatment may include surgical or medical approaches, as determined by our physicians and speech-language pathologist in consultation with the patient and family.
The Voice Center at UChicago Medicine is designed to help people with a wide range of voice and speech disorders, particularly children and professionals who use their voice extensively, such as singers, teachers and trial attorneys. Our expert team includes physicians and speech-language pathologists with specific experience in diagnosing and treating voice disorders. Treatment may include medications, behavioral changes or surgery.

The pediatric otolaryngology team at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital cares for children of all ages. Our staff includes several physicians who are specially trained in both otolaryngology and pediatrics. These physicians are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat ENT conditions in children, using surgical and non-surgical methods.

Our team has expertise treating a wide range of pediatric ENT conditions, including:

  • Airway problems
  • Ear infections
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Sinusitis
  • Snoring
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Many children with profound to severe hearing loss have received the gift of sound through our comprehensive cochlear implant program.

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