Ear, Nose & Throat Care
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Our multidisciplinary teams partner to coordinate expertise across the spectrum of ear, nose, throat and head and neck conditions to deliver the care you need.
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We work hard to improve quality of life through research, and our Ear, Nose & Throat Care patients can tap into these innovative treatment options through clinical trials.
Leaders in the Region
Our ear, nose & throat care team at UW Medical Center delivers results that are recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
Meet the provider: Carly Gauche, Au.D.
Carly Gauche, Au.D., is a clinical audiologist who specializes in hearing and balance disorders. She counts good listening among her most important tools in improving her patients' hearing. View full bio.
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We offer the best standard of care available for cancer and other disorders of the head and neck. Our specialists use advanced surgical techniques along with the latest radiation and chemotherapy to treat head and neck cancers, and our oncologic and reconstructive surgeons work alongside each other to successfully perform complex reconstructions.
Our Head and Neck Cancer Program, part of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, is the Northwest's leader in head and neck cancer care. Our expert surgeons and other specialists offer innovative treatments for all types of head and neck cancers, including tongue, laryngeal, nasopharyngeal, oral, sinus, salivary gland, and thyroid, with outstanding results. Our multidisciplinary teams work closely with patients to help them recover quickly.
Sometimes malignant and benign tumors can occur near the skull base, the thin bone that separates the brain from the nose. We offer the latest skull base surgery techniques, in which otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons work together to remove tumors through the nostrils rather than through the skull. This results in shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better outcomes for patients.
The thyroid and parathyroid glands help regulate your metabolism and calcium levels. Sometimes benign or malignant growths can occur on the thyroid gland, which is located at the base of the neck, or parathyroid glands can malfunction. We offer comprehensive screening and diagnosis along with safe, effective treatment for thyroid and parathyroid disorders.
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a new, minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat tumors at the back of the tongue and throat. It allows patients to return home within a few days and without experiencing long-term effects on swallowing and voice. Our surgeons are national leaders in robotic surgery, and we were the first center in the region to offer this procedure.
Our otology and neurotology team specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the ear and skull base. Our providers are highly trained in the complex anatomy and physiology of the outer, middle and inner ear along with their central nervous system connections. We work closely with colleagues across related medical fields to provide expert, comprehensive care.
This is an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum, which can create significant problems with hearing and balance if left untreated. Our specialists are highly skilled at diagnosing this condition and treating it with advanced non-surgical and surgical techniques.
Dizziness and vertigo are common conditions that can have many different causes. Our specialists are highly experienced at evaluating these conditions, and offer comprehensive testing at our Dizziness and Balance Center at UW Medical Center. Depending on your diagnosis, we offer a number of effective, non-invasive and advanced surgical treatments.
This is when your eardrum develops a hole or rupture, which usually occurs as the result of injury, infection or a chronic Eustachian tube disorder. Our specialists are experts in diagnosing, treating and managing eardrum perforations.
Ear infections include middle ear infections and outer ear infections, both of which can cause pain and difficulty hearing. Our otolaryngologists are highly experienced at evaluating all types of ear infections and developing effective treatment plans based on your individual needs.
This disorder of the inner ear is characterized by recurring attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus and sometimes a sense of fullness in the ear. Although there's currently no proven cure for Meniere's disease, our specialists use a variety of leading-edge therapies to help you control symptoms and manage the condition effectively.
This common condition occurs when you hear a sound in your ears that isn't coming from the environment. It may come or go and sound like ringing, hissing, roaring, tapping or clicking. Our specialists can evaluate your tinnitus in order to determine the underlying cause and offer a variety of treatments to help.
Our rhinology team provides expert, leading-edge care for diseases of the sinuses, nose and anterior skull base. We take a team approach with colleagues in other specialties to provide comprehensive, coordinated treatment plans for the whole patient. Our effective medical and minimally invasive surgical solutions help resolve common and complex disorders and improve quality of life.
This is an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, often caused by infection or allergies. Symptoms of sinusitis include facial pressure, nasal drainage and congestion, along with fatigue. Our specialists use a team approach to diagnose sinus issues and develop an individualized treatment plan that might include medication or minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.
This is a common condition, especially in children. But when a nosebleed persists for several days or recurs frequently, a thorough evaluation is necessary. Our otolaryngologists are highly skilled at determining the source of the bleeding, and offer various treatment options such as conservative therapies, topical medicines and surgical approaches.
Our sense of smell is important to our quality of life, but it can be lost due to chronic sinusitis, cold viruses, trauma and toxin exposure. Fortunately, recent research has shown that certain treatments can help people regain smell function. Our specialists offer expert diagnosis and leading-edge interventions such as nasal endoscopy.
Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgery team partners with experts from other specialties to provide the latest treatments available in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, including advanced reconstruction techniques for head and neck defects and facial injuries. Our patients benefit from our active, NIH-funded research programs that result in new procedures and devices.
Our specialists are expert at treating both common and complex pediatric ear nose and throat problems. We offer specialty clinics for sinus problems, voice issues, swallowing and breathing difficulties, thyroid masses and palate (speech) problems.
Our sleep surgery specialists are highly trained in safe, effective, minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. We comprehensively evaluate your breathing passages and use surgery to enlarge and stabilize them. Our procedures make it easier to use other non-surgical treatments like CPAP machines and dental devices if needed.
Our laryngology team specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the throat, including simple and complex voice, airway and swallowing disorders. We offer a multidisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art medical and surgical therapies. Our treatment plans are designed to maintain and recover function.
Your airway consists of your voice box (larynx) and pharynx (throat), and regulates breathing, swallowing and speaking. Damage to your airway as the result of cancer, trauma, smoking or reflux disease can result in voice, swallowing or breathing issues. We offer comprehensive testing and evaluation for airway problems, as well as a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments.
If the muscle at the bottom of your esophagus (food pipe) doesn't work correctly, gastric acid from your stomach can back up all the way to your throat, voice box or nasal airway. Because many people with LRD don't experience heartburn, it can be hard to diagnose. Our specialists offer advanced, effective methods for diagnosing and treating this condition.
Tonsillitis is a common condition, simply an infection of the tonsils caused by a virus or bacteria. But sometimes these infections become chronic despite appropriate medical treatment. In this case, removing the tonsils (tonsillectomy) can be beneficial. Our otolaryngology surgeons are highly skilled at performing tonsillectomy in children and adults.
The vocal cords are two bands of smooth muscle tissue in the larynx, which vibrate to produce the sound of your voice. Vocal cord disorders are often caused by excessive use of the voice, as well as smoking and inhaling irritants. Our otolaryngologists are experts at diagnosing, treating and preventing vocal cord disorders using a team approach.
This a small pouch that develops in the upper part of the esophagus and causes dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). Our otolaryngologists and speech language pathologists work together as a team to diagnose and treat this condition using effective techniques like swallowing therapy, minimally invasive surgery and Botox injections.
Patients who have tumors at the base of the skull (commonly in or near the pituitary gland) benefit from our minimally invasive approaches to these tumors through the nose in conjunction with our neurosurgery team to achieve safe and complete removal with rapid recovery and maintenance of quality of life.
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Audiology Services - Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NE 300, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.7829
Audiology Services at Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Ear Nose & Throat Clinic - Valley Medical Center
4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 540M/S MAC 540, Renton, WA 98055 / 206.575.2602
Northwest ENT Associates at NWHMC
McMurray Medical Building, 1536 N. 115th St., Ste. 340, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.2525
Northwest Outpatient Medical Center 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 270, Seattle, WA / 206.668.7100
Otolaryngology-ENT at Eastside Specialty Center
3100 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98004 / 425.646.7777
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Center at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NE 300, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4022
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Clinic at Harborview
325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
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Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Many things can cause impaired hearing, including tinnitus, age-related hearing loss and hereditary causes, among others. Contributing factors range from excessive noise, drugs, viral or bacterial infections, head injury or head tumors, stroke and heredity.
If you experience any of the following, you may have hearing loss: trouble following conversations when multiple people speak simultaneously, difficulty hearing voices on the telephone, trouble hearing in a noisy background, complaints from others that you misunderstand them or that your TV volume is too high and/or a ringing, roaring or hissing sound.
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, you should consult an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) if you are experiencing any of the following: history of pain, active drainage or bleeding from an ear, sudden onset or rapidly progressive hearing loss, acute, chronic or recurrent episodes of dizziness.
Hearing loss is diagnosed based on your medical history and the results of an audiological examination administered by an audiologist. A full hearing test, including an audiogram—which tests the ability to hear pure tones—will tell you the type and degree of hearing loss you have and help you determine if hearing aids would help you.
In some people, hearing loss can be surgically corrected. For others, medical devices—such as hearing aids or cochlear implants—and rehabilitation therapies often can help reduce hearing loss. To determine the exact cause of your hearing loss and how it can be managed, contact your healthcare provider for a complete medical exam.