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Otolaryngology
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Otolaryngology

The ear, nose and throat (ENT) department at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art treatment and diagnosis of all disorders and diseases of the hearing and balance system for infants, children and adolescents.

Our physicians also perform surgeries for related medical conditions, the most common being cochlear implantation. Using a patient- and family-centered approach, the team ensures that the implants are programmed and maintained to adjust to the changing needs of each patient.

In addition, the department's otology program treats children with conductive and sensori-neural hearing losses and balance and facial nerve disorders. The entire department is committed to community health and works closely with the schools for the hearing impaired in West Michigan.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a pediatric otolaryngologist is specially trained to provide medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases in infants, children and adolescents. This can include: 

  • Congenital malformations of head and neck structures, including the ear, nasal passages, oral cavity, and laryngotracheal airway.
  • Sensory impairments, including hearing loss, vertiginous disorders, vocal fold paralysis, facial nerve paralysis, and oromotor dysfunction
  • Acquired otolaryngologic disorders involving the ear (eg, cholesteatoma), the pharynx (eg, obstructive adenotonsillar hypertrophy), the laryngotracheal airway, the aerodigestive tract (eg, foreign body aspirations), and the facial skeleton trauma.
  • Neoplasms or vascular malformations of the head and neck structures, including the laryngotracheal airway.
  • Patients with medical conditions that increase operative risk (eg, congenital heart disease) who need an otolaryngologic procedure.
  • Stridor requiring endoscopy
  • Complicated infections that may require surgery involving the ear,the nose and paranasal sinuses, the pharynx, the airway, and the neck.