Why is my speech pathologist referring my child to an Otolaryngologist (ENT)?



What is an ENT?


An ENT in a physician who specializes in diagnosing & treating conditions associated with the ears, nose, and throat.  Sometimes these physicians are also referred to as otolaryngologists.  Common conditions these doctors treat include: ear infections, voice difficulties, swallowing trouble, allergies, and issues with tonsils and adenoids.


When would a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) refer you to an ENT?


If a structural difference may be the causal factor for a clients speech & language disorder then a referral to an ENT is essential before an SLP can provide effective treatment.


Possible referral reasons:

  • Hypernasality: when there is too much nasal airflow (sounds like one is talking through their nose)
  • Hyponasality: when there is a lack of nasal airflow (sounds like one’s nose is stuffy)
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Snoring
  • Enlarged or suspected to be large tonsils/adenoids
  • Atypical voice quality


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