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Wayne Health Board-Certified Ear, Nose, & Throat Otolaryngology Experts

Why choose Wayne Health for Otolaryngology (ENT)?

Wayne Health’s experienced team of board-certified otolaryngology physicians, speech language pathologists and audiologists offer comprehensive care for ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders. The Wayne Health ENT team collaborates with experts in endocrinology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, dermatology, allergy and immunology, thoracic surgery and medical oncology to develop treatment plans addressing all of a patient’s needs. We offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies to handle even the most complex ENT cases. 

Wayne Health Otolaryngology specialty services offered

Overview of conditions treated

Dizziness

Dizziness, or lightheadedness, is a feeling of unsteadiness. Dizziness can lead to feeling faint or to fainting (brief loss of consciousness).

Dizziness can be caused by many things, including stress and/or problems with brain functions.

Dizziness often goes away or improves after lying down. If it does not, it may be linked with conditions related to the inner ear or brain function.

Vertigo

Vertigo is the feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. It is often described as a feeling of spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting.

Vertigo may make you vomit or feel nauseated. You may have trouble standing or walking and may lose your balance.

Vertigo is often related to an inner ear problem, but it can have other more serious causes. If vertigo continues, you may need more tests to find its cause.

What are the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)?

The main symptom of BPPV is the feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning, whirling, or tilting. This sensation is called vertigo. It usually lasts a minute or two.

It’s important to understand the difference between vertigo and dizziness. People often use those two terms as if they meant the same thing. But they are different symptoms, and they may point to different problems.

Caring for lightheadedness and vertigo

Lightheadedness usually isn’t a cause for concern unless it is severe, doesn’t go away, or occurs with other symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat or fainting. Lightheadedness can lead to falls and other injuries. Protect yourself from injury if you feel lightheaded. Here are some things you can do.

Wayne Health’s approach to treatment

Wayne Health otolaryngologists have expertise in:

Wayne Health’s otology and neurotology treatments include medical therapy, microsurgery, laser treatments, bone-anchored hearing aids, cochlear implants, stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife) and rehabilitation. At Wayne Health, our physicians also continue to advance the field of minimally invasive skull base surgery for cerebral sinus fluid leaks, revision sinus surgery and benign and malignant sinus tumors.

Wayne Health Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons have extensive training and expertise in the management of maxillofacial injuries, internal and external nasal deformity, nasal obstruction, aging of the forehead and brow region, upper and lower eyelid excess, and the aging face and neck. In addition, Wayne Health Otolaryngology and ENT physicians and providers correct skin abnormalities, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles of the face with dermabrasion and chemical peeling. We provide expert care in reconstructing skin cancer defects of the face and nose, treating major and minor soft tissue injuries of the face and improving the appearance of scars. Wayne Health otolaryngologists also provide rehabilitation care of a paralyzed face, working in conjunction with our otology and lateral skull base team.

Through our affiliation with the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) for head and neck cancer, Wayne Health ENT physicians offer new treatment methods, including endoscopic and robotic procedures, to reduce complications and shorten recovery. KCI is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Detroit metropolitan area and one of only 51 such institutions in the United States. This puts the Karmanos Cancer Institute at the forefront of cancer research and gives our patients access to clinical trials and multidisciplinary teams of cancer specialists not found at community hospitals.  

Advancing research and medical education

Wayne Health physicians and researchers are faculty members at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation, and before FDA approval or commercial availability.

Areas of research focus include: head and neck cancer; mechanisms of hearing loss; ear infection; tinnitus; hearing implants; allergies; new reconstructive surgical techniques, including medical therapy and immunotherapy; and stem cell research. Wayne Health faculty members are responsible for hundreds of publications, presentations and lectures each year that advance medical knowledge in the field of ear, nose and throat care.

For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.