Skip to main content

Otolaryngology — Head + Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose + Throat)

The ears, nose and throat (ENT) help us tap into many senses, like hearing music and tasting food. So, when you're living with a disorder that's taking a toll on natural functions, you can trust that we'll offer personalized care for these interconnected body parts. Our otolaryngology team can help you hear, speak, swallow or breathe more comfortably with a variety of treatments ranging from sinus care to head and neck surgeries.

Request an appointment

Helping you make sense of your senses

So many little moments that make life special require our ears, nose or throat, like enjoying a homemade meal, (almost) hitting that high note on your favorite song or listening to stories.

When these body parts aren't working properly, they can indicate an underlying medical condition and even make us feel disconnected from the world around us.

Our otolaryngologists (also known as ENT experts) have the skills and experience to treat all kinds of ENT conditions. We'll be with you every step of the way until you feel like yourself again.

Otolaryngologist Miriam, O'Leary, MD, FACS in an ENT surgery at Tufts Medical Center looking through machine.
Find a doctor near me


Your ears, nose and throat are the conductors of many important senses like sight, smell, taste and hearing. We treat a range of disorders in adults and children alike that affect the following:

  • Head
  • Larynx 
  • Neck
  • Mouth
  • Face
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Throat

When should I talk to an otolaryngologist?

You should talk to your primary care doctor before seeking care from an otolaryngologist to rule out other conditions like allergies or a cold. Symptoms of an ENT condition may include:

Difficulty or painful swallowing
Ear pain or ringing in the ear
Facial injury
Hearing loss
Lump or mass in the neck
Neck pain
Post nasal drip
Sinus pain or disorders
Taste and smell disorders
Throat pain or soreness
Voice changes

If you experience a sudden fever along with neck pain, stiffness or other sudden symptoms, it could be a sign of a medical emergency. Please seek immediate medical attention by visiting your closest emergency department.

Receive care for your ENT condition

If you’re dealing with any of these following conditions, we can provide treatment and relief:

  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Cholesteatomas
  • Cleft lip + palate
  • Cochlear/acoustic nerve disorders
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Congenital malformations
  • Diseases of the parathyroid glands
  • Diseases of the thyroid glands
  • Endolymphatic hydrops
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
  • Graves’ disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Hearing loss
  • Hyperacusis (sensitivity to everyday sounds)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal (voice box) tumors
  • Ménière disease
  • Neck masses
  • Otitis externa (swimmer’s ear)
  • Otitis media (chronic ear infection or pain)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Sinus disorders
  • Submandibular gland for infection or tumor
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tympanic perforations
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Vocal cord paralysis


Our specialists turn to a variety of testing methods to align with what’s ailing your ear, nose and throat health.

  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR)
  • Auditory function tests
  • CT scan of inner ears
  • Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) testing
  • Immittance battery testing
  • Pure tone air and bone conduction testing
  • Speech audiometry testing
  • Speech-language functioning tests 
  • Allergy skin testing
  • Immune system testing for immunoglobulin levels and responses to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines
  • RAST (radioallergosorbent) sinus CT scan
  • Rhinoscopy with laryngoscopy
  • Testing for allergy to unusual environmental allergens
  • Testing for aspirin sensitivity
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Video Stroboscopy
  • Barium swallow tests
  • Laryngeal electromyography (EMG)
  • Ultrasound/Ultrasound-guided biopsy


Anasuya Gunturi MD, PhD talks with patient at Lowell General Hospital's Women's Wellness Center clinic appointment.
Our locations

From regular office visits to inpatient stays, find the healthcare you need and deserve close to home.

Family physician Sarwada Tuladhar Jha, MD talking to patient during exam at a clinic appointment and inputting health information at the computer.
Our doctors + care team

Meet the doctors and care team devoted to supporting you every step of the way along your path to better health.

A clinical trial investigating BNT113 in combination with pembrolizumab versus pembrolizumab alone for patients with a form of head and neck cancer positive for human papilloma virus 16 and expressing the protein PD-L1
Head and neck cancer
All genders
person-wave 18+
Recruiting now
Learn more
Radiation Therapy With or Without Cisplatin in Treating Patients With Stage III-IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Who Have Undergone Surgery
Squamous cell carcinoma
All genders
person-wave 18+
Recruiting now
Learn more
ESS Validation Surgery
Mouth disorders
All genders
person-wave 18+
Recruiting now
Learn more

Understand what you may pay for care at Tufts Medicine with our price estimate tool.

Jump back to top