What We Do
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
Head and Neck Surgery is a specialty dealing with the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists are unique in their knowledge of the intricate anatomy and physiology of the head and neck region. An Otolaryngic Allergist is a physician specially trained to diagnose the cause of allergic disease and treat the specific condition, relating to the ears, nose, and throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Several of the conditions and treatments that are included in the ear, nose, and throat specialty can be found in the categories below;
Testing and treatment are performed in our office. Dr. Oliver is an Otolaryngic Allergist, which means he is a physician specially trained to diagnose the cause of allergic disease and treat the specific condition, relating to the ears, nose, and throat. After allergy testing is complete, there are a few options for the treatment of allergies. The treatment options include: medication, immunotherapy (allergy shots or sublingual treatment), and/or avoidance of the specific allergens.
We provide treatment for cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) tumors in the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid. The appearance of a new lump, or mass, can be a source of great concern. A thorough physical exam, medical history, blood tests, fine needle aspiration, x-rays, CT scans, and other diagnostic tests may be performed.
We see a wide range of pediatric patients, from toddlers to young adults. We care for pediatric patients with ear infections to sleeping problems, sore throats, hearing loss, allergies, and sinus problems. We work with the child's pediatrician to help make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan.
Ears - Some of the ear problems that Dr. Oliver treats include: hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, swimmer's ear, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), ear pain/drainage, fluid in the ears, and ear wax.
Nose - Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists, also known as rhinology. Management of the nasal area includes allergies, sense of smell, and ability to breath through the nose. Some of the common problems relating to the nasal area include: post-nasal drip, sinus infections, nasal polyps, stuffy nose and nosebleeds.
Throat - We treat disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems. Examples of the throat problems we treat include: sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder, tonsil and adenoid infecions, diseases of the larynx (voice box), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Other - We also treat TMJ syndrome, headaches, thyroid conditions, and benign and malignant head and neck tumor.
We diagnose and treat disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems. A general term used to describe voice changes is hoarseness. Hoarseness can be caused by acute laryngitis, irritation caused by excessive use of the voice, vocal polyps or nodules, smoking, and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Other uncommon causes of hoarseness may include: allergies, thyroid problems, neurological disorders, and trauma to the voice box.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, you should see an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) if:
- Hoarseness lasts longer than 2-3 weeks
- Hoarseness is associated with: pain not from a cold or flu, coughing up blood, difficulty swallowing, and/or a lump in the neck.
- Complete loss or severe change in voice lasting longer than a few days.