Otolaryngologist in Beverly Hills
Earaches, sore throats, and sinus pain are more than nuisances. They can put you out of commission short-term, or even signal chronic disease and infections.
An otolaryngologist can help. Also known as ear, nose, and throat doctors (ENTs), these specialists train in both medicine and surgery, completing as many as 15 years of medical education and then passing a stringent certification exam from the American Board of Otolaryngology. They concentrate on issues that affect the head, neck, throat, and ear area, and can diagnose, manage, and treat a wide variety of issues, from tonsillitis to tumors.
All ENTs are not the same. When choosing an otolaryngologist in Los Angeles, first look for a certified ENT. Then choose a doctor with years of experience, who enjoys a stellar reputation, and who treats patients with respect and warmth.
What Can an Otolaryngologist Treat?
Otolaryngologists focus on the interconnected systems of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. As such, they can treat any problems that affect those areas, like:
- Ears: Ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus, balance disorders, congenital ear issues, and facial and cranial nerve problems.
- Throat: Voice and swallowing disorders, and diseases of the throat, larynx, and esophagus.
- Head and Neck: Infectious diseases, tumors (benign and malignant), facial trauma and deformities.
- Nose and Sinuses: Sinusitis, allergies, polyps, smell disorders, and deviated septums.
Some otolaryngologists treat snoring and sleep apnea. Some specialize in areas like head and neck surgery or otology/neuro-otology/audiology (ears, balance, and tinnitus). Some ENT’s are pediatric, focusing on children and resolving conditions such as lip & tongue ties, tonsil and adenoid reduction. Others are also facial cosmetic surgeons who can improve appearances through reconstructive or cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Marc Kayem is an otolaryngologist serving Greater Los Angeles. He specializes in snoring and sleep apnea. Utilizing state-of the-art, minimally invasive treatments. Dr. Kayem has been helping people (and their partners) sleep better for more than twenty-five years. His treatments relieve snoring and sleep apnea without surgical intervention or CPAP machines, are performed in-office; and often take less than an hour.
Dr. Kayem also has a thriving cosmetic surgery practice with locations in Beverly Hills, Mammoth Lakes and Las Vegas. You’ll reap an extra benefit by choosing a doctor who’s both an otolaryngologist and a cosmetic surgeon as all procedures are performed with the utmost care for your health and your looks.
Need to visit an otolaryngologist in Los Angeles? Dr. Kayem accepts most insurance and also offers other financing options.
You should consider seeing an otolaryngologist if you have:
- Sleep apnea – A lack of sleep affects the rest of your body and can contribute to serious health conditions such as inflammation, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
- Chronic sinus pain or infections – An ENT can diagnose the cause of pain and/or infections, treat it, and help you prevent it from occurring in the future.
- Ear pain – Infections are often the cause of ear pain. Left untreated, they can damage the eardrum and cause hearing loss.
- Chronic laryngitis – Many of us lose our voices when we have a cold or allergies. But if your laryngitis lasts more than six weeks, see an otolaryngologist in order to rule out any serious issues.
- Tonsillitis – While tonsillitis is treatable with medication, surgery is the best option for chronic cases, and typically does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
- Severe or long-term throat pain – Some sore throats don’t go away on their own. If you have pain that makes it difficult to swallow liquids, or a sore throat that lasts longer than a week, see an ENT.
- Hearing loss or ringing in your ears – Age, loud noises, infections—all of these can cause hearing loss and or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). An otolaryngologist can get to the root of your problems and help restore your hearing.
- Balance issues – Inner ear or other medical issues can cause vertigo. An ENT can help you treat it with medication, exercise, or a change in diet.
- Chronically swollen lymph nodes – Your lymph nodes often swell when you get an infection. If they don’t return to normal after two-four weeks, feel hard, or don’t move when you push on them, it’s time to see an otolaryngologist. See one immediately if you also have an ongoing fever, unexplained weight loss, or night sweats.
- Any pain or injury to your ears, nose, or throat
- Breathing problems, including snoring
- A deviated septum
- Cosmetic issues with the nose, ears, or face
- Problems with smell
- Voice or swallowing issues
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Yes. Otolaryngologists are trained in surgery, and specialize in procedures that affect the connected system of the head, neck, and ears, including tonsillectomies, tumor removal, sinus surgery and eardrum repair. Some are also trained in cosmetic facial surgery and perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face and ears. Not all ENT doctors perform traditional surgery in a hospital, requiring anesthesia and long recovery times. For example, Dr. Marc Kayem prefers minimally invasive surgery which is complete within an hour, patients are awake and it is performed in office vs. at a hospital.
It depends. Though endocrinologists handle most thyroid issues, ENTs do treat thyroid nodules. Ask your primary care physician for the proper referral.