An ENT physician, or Otolaryngologist (Head & Neck Surgeon), specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems involving the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). The ENT specialty encompasses facial plastic surgery, surgery of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, management of patients with loss of hearing and balance, endoscopic examination of air and food passages, and the treatment of allergic, sinus, laryngeal, thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland and esophageal disorders.
Medical Conditions Treated
- Allergic rhinitis
- Facial lesions
- Laryngeal/voice disorders
- Management of loss of hearing
- Meniere's Disease
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal fractures
- Neck masses
- Otitis media (ear infections)
- Sleep apnea
- Smell disorders
- Taste disorders
- Thyroid disorders
- Tonsils & adenoids
- Vestibular (balance) problems
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Ear surgery
- Ear tubes
- Facial plastic surgery
- Facial trauma/fractures
- Tonsil and/or adenoid surgery
- Head/neck cancer surgery
- Head/neck melanoma
- Mohs surgery closure
- Mohs surgery defects
- Parathyroid disorders
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Sleep apnea surgery
- Sinus surgery
- Thyroid surgery/parathyroid surgery
- Vagal nerve stimulators for seizure/depression treatment
- Vocal cord injections/implants
New Procedures Available
Approximately 36 million of American adults report some degree of hearing loss, According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Altru is proud to provide another option to resolve to treat several types of hearing loss with the BAHA System.
We receive sound in two ways: air conduction and bone conduction. The BAHA system takes advantage of our natural ability to hear via the bone and reroutes the sound. With a BAHA, you can say goodbye to irritating ear molds and booming voices, as well as annoying feedback, and say hello to clear, natural sound.
How does the implant work?
The implant is placed directly into the skull bone behind the ear, instead of in the cochlea. The system works by taking the sound waves picked up by the microphone of the sound processor and transmitting them to the inner ear through the skull bone.
Who is eligible?
Nearly 60,000 people world-wide have received BAHA. These individuals cannot successfully use typical hearing aids and may have malformed or absent outer ear and ear canals due to congenital conditions such as Treacher-Collins Syndrome, microtia or atresia. Outer or middle ear damage due to infections or inflammation, as well as other issues, may also lend to BAHA candidacy.
Baha is indicated for the following types of hearing loss:
- Single-Sided Deafness
Information provided by Cochear®.
Balloon SinuplastyTM is now available as an additional surgical option for chronic sinusitis.
The FDA-cleared technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system that uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage and gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
The overall benefits of Balloon SinuplastyTM include:
- Safe and effective treatment
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Faster recovery time (Many people return to normal activities within 24 hours.)
- Does not limit future treatment options
- Improves quality of life
The ENT Center at Altru is located on 4D of Altru Main Clinic. To make an appointment, call 701.780.6301 or 800.437.5373 ext. 6301.