Ear, Nose and Throat

A Detroit Medical Center ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, also called an otolaryngologist, is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, nasal passages and sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, upper pharynx (mouth and throat) and structures of the neck and face.

DMC hospitals are often ranked among the best in southeast Michigan for Ear, Nose and Throat care by U.S. News & World Report. With diagnostics, advanced therapies and expert subspecialists, Detroit Medical Center is a one-stop destination for comprehensive ear, nose and throat (ENT) care. We offer easy access to MRI and CT scanners, onsite diagnostic technologies and voice, swallowing and speech therapies, bringing comprehensive ENT care to Southeastern Michigan. We offer a comprehensive care plan for all your ENT needs, including pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, hearing and balance disorder assessment and voice, swallow and speech rehabilitation.

Comprehensive Otolaryngology

From sore throats and ear aches to chronic hoarseness or a lump in the neck, the board-certified otolaryngology experts and rehabilitation specialists at the DMC provide comprehensive ENT care at convenient locations. While both medical and surgical care is available, program clinicians generally look to surgical treatments as a last resort.

When appropriate, ENT program clinicians partner with other DMC specialists and researchers to provide multidisciplinary care. The program is also training the next generation of otolaryngology specialists with a residency program in collaboration with the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. ENT specialists may work with:
  • Neurosurgeons to treat skull base disorders
  • Plastic surgeons to correct cosmetic and traumatic deformities
  • Ophthalmologists to treat structural abnormalities near the eye
  • Oral surgeons to treat jaw and dental trauma
  • Allergists to manage sinus disease
  • Dermatologists to care for skin cancers
  • Oncologists to manage head and neck cancers
  • Pediatricians and family practice doctors to care for common infections and certain congenital conditions

Head & Neck Surgery

From throat cancer and cysts of the neck to thyroid disease and lymph node enlargements, practitioners in the Department of Otolaryngology treat patients with any medical issues of the head and neck, excluding the spine and spinal cord. Surgery is performed as a last resort treatment, meaning physicians focus on treating your ENT issue with non-surgical therapies. This is largely due to advances in medicine and medical technology that allow physicians to treat issues through non-surgical means. If your health issue does require surgery, you can rest easy knowing our ENT specialized surgeons are practiced in maintaining voice function after surgery.

Hearing Assessment

With state-of-the-art audiometric testing on site, DMC otolaryngologists are able to diagnose and distinguish between simple, reversible hearing loss and more permanent, nerve-based hearing loss. From childhood fluid in the ears and chronic ear disease to congenital hearing loss and trauma, DMC ENT specialists can often treat hearing loss without surgery. We offer a comprehensive hearing aid program​.

Balance Disorders

From motion sickness and vertigo to viral balance disorders and Meniere’s disease, physicians in the Department of Otolaryngology diagnose and treat a wide variety of vestibular disorders. While balance disorders were once commonly treated with surgery, DMC otolaryngologists are often able to treat patients on site through medical management and vestibular therapy or exercises. The Hearing and Balance Center is home to technologies, including ENG (electronystagmography) and VAT (vestibular autorotation testing) equipment, which are frequently used to diagnose complex vestibular disorders.

Voice, Swallow & Speech Rehabilitation

As the U.S. population ages and an increasing number of patients receive radiation and chemotherapy for head and neck cancers, voice and swallowing disorders are on the rise. DMC ENT specialists use videostroboscopy and comprehensive voice and swallowing measurement tools for the diagnosis of a wide range of head and neck pathologies. Our experts provide a wide variety of innovative medical treatments and follow-up rehabilitation therapies, from in-office Botox injections to treat spasmodic dysphonia to minimally invasive procedures aimed at restoring voice function impaired by paralyzed vocal cords. The highly skilled team serves many different populations with ENT disorders that adversely affect voice production, speech abilities, or swallowing function, regardless of the underlying etiology.

Pediatric ENT Services

In collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Michigan, ENT specialists at the DMC use a wide range of medical and surgical interventions to treat injuries, diseases and congenital anomalies of the ear, nose and throat. For information regarding Pediatric ENT services at the DMC, please visit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan ENT page.

DMC Researchers Advance the Practice of ENT Medicine Nationwide

Physician researchers at the DMC are studying various ear, nose and throat conditions in hopes of finding new ways to accurately diagnose and treat patients. With the high patient volume and diverse pathologies encountered at the DMC, Researchers are able to make important contributions to the practice of ear, nose and throat medicine. Recent research includes allergic laryngitis, idiopathic vocal fold paralysis, iatrogenic esophageal perforation and the role of instrumental swallow evaluations in patients with reflux disease.