The otolaryngologists at Hoover ENT Associates P.C. offer a full array of ear, nose and throat services. Whether you have swimmer's ear, a sore throat, trouble swallowing or hearing loss, our physicians will work with you to achieve your optimal health. You can learn more about our services by reading this section of our website.
Otolaryngology Services and Treatment
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery is a specialty devoted to the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, and throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors are trained in the treatment of traditional ENT problems such as hoarseness, snoring, the surgery of tumors of the head and neck, the endoscopic examination of air and food passages, and the treatment of allergic, sinus, laryngeal, and esophageal disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage and treat patients with hearing loss and balance disorders. ENTs treat virtually all diseases above the shoulders with the exception of eye and brain related disorders.
Hearing and Audiologic Services
The audiologists at Hoover ENT have in-office, comprehensive, state-of-the-art technology at their disposal to evaluate patients with disorders of balance and hearing. Hoover ENT offers a full range of auditory services, including complete hearing exams, pediatric hearing evaluations, newborn hearing screens and hearing aid services. Please visit www.hooverhearingclinic.com for a complete description of the services and testing available to you and your family.
Otolaryngic Allergy Services and Treatment
Otolaryngic Allergy is a branch of medicine that deals specifically with allergies of the ears, nose, and throat. Otolaryngic allergists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the upper respiratory tract caused by allergic conditions. Because Otolaryngic Allergists are ENTs/Head and Neck surgeons they can also efficiently diagnose and treat other non-allergic conditions of the ears, nose, throat, and sinuses. Half of the problems that ENTs encounter are caused either directly or indirectly by allergies. The physicians at Hoover ENT have treated many people with symptoms similar to yours and are well aware that allergies can appear in forms other than sneezing and watery eyes. ENTs are a one-stop source of help for patients suffering from all types of disorders of the head and neck.
Nearly 30% of the population of the United States suffers from allergy. Some patients have seasonal symptoms, some have year-round symptoms, some have year-round symptoms with seasonal flares in the spring and fall, and others have additional allergy to foods. A lot of patients also suffer from conditions known to be associated with allergy such as asthma, hives, conjunctivitis, irritable bowel, spastic colon, and migraine.
The usual pollen season in the Hoover/Birmingham area for trees is during the spring months; grasses in the summer; and weeds in the fall of the year. Mold spores are significant year-round offenders in Alabama as in all of the Gulf Coast states because they thrive and proliferate in warm, humid climates. Dust, dust mites, cats, dogs, other animal exposures, and cockroach are also significant year-round offenders.
Allergies affect the whole body and cause a variety of symptoms. Nasal allergies are the most common and cause the typical symptoms of “hay fever” such as stuffy, itchy, runny nose with sneezing. However, many people are unaware that allergy also causes symptoms not typical of “hay fever” such as fatigue, sore throat, and cough.