When to Visit the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

The Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist is a medical expert dealing with conditions of the ear, nose and throat. The specialist may also treat conditions of the head and neck in addition to the already mentioned conditions.


The Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist also known as an ENT examines the patient to determine whether a disorder, infection or illness affects the hearing of a person. The specialist considers aspects such as balance, level of hearing, ringing or pain affecting the ear and is able to treat conditions that may have existed from birth.


The ENT also treats conditions that affect the sinuses, nose and any problems relating to smelling or physical appearance in addition to nose conditions that affect breathing.


Infections, illnesses or disorders affecting speech, eating, breathing, chewing or swallowing can be treated.

Head & Neck

Conditions such as tumours or diseases affecting the neck and head can be treated also where problems with nerves in the neck or head area cause problems with sight, hear, smell or movement of the face.

When to visit the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

If referred to by the Ear Institute or any medical practitioner you should visit the ENT. You can, however, also visit the specialist if you experience ringing in your ears, have difficulty in breathing, struggle with asthma or allergies, experience balance problems or dizziness and experience swimmer’s ear. Other conditions treatable include that already mentioned earlier and very important – any symptoms experienced regarding hearing loss. If you experience any pain in your ears, you should make an appointment.

The Ear Institute

Visit the Ear Institute if you experience any problems with hearing. We offer hearing tests and a range of products to help with hearing. Our staff consists of Audiologists and are registered with the Health Professions Council of SA. As such we adhere to strict codes of practice and all our professional undergo regular Continued Professional Development training regarding the latest advances in hearing healthcare.

Our tariffs are in line with what medical aids cover and we can also send the invoice to your medical aid directly on your behalf. Note that should the invoice be rejected by the medical aid that you will be responsible for its payment. Hearing tests cost around R400 depending on the depth and scope of such. It takes around three days to manufacture your custom hearing aid.

Symptoms of Hearing Problems

If you experience any symptoms of hearing loss as mentioned below you should make an appointment at an ENT or directly at the Ear Institute:

  • You find it difficult to distinguish speech in a noisy area.
  • People often complain that you speak too soft or too loud.
  • You no longer hear soft sounds such as a tap dripping.
  • You cannot seem to follow a conversation in a crowd.
  • It constantly feels as if people are mumbling instead of speaking clear.
  • You experience pain in your ear.
  • You experience a constant ringing sound in your ear.
  • People complain that you listen to the television on a too loud audio setting.
  • You struggle to hear what people say over a telephone.
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