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Ear, nose and throat

Ear, nose and throat specialists provide care for the head and neck. Commonly referred to as ENTs, these physicians treat a range of conditions, including allergies, sore throat, ear infections, hearing loss, sinusitis and certain types of cancer.

Pediatric otolaryngologists in Denver

Kids are susceptible to ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions, but they shouldn't have to live with them.

Although some issues can be treated at home, others may need a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor. That's where we come in. The board-certified pediatric otolaryngologists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children work tirelessly to diagnose and treat your child's unique ENT needs.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Pediatric ENT conditions we treat

Our otolaryngologists treat a wide range of pediatric conditions that impact their throats, sinuses and other structures of the head, including:

  • Adenoid hypertrophy
  • Adenoiditis
  • Ankyloglossia (tongue tie)
  • Branchial cleft cysts
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Deviated septum
  • Ear infections
  • Epistaxis
  • Esophageal atresia (EA)
  • Head and neck vascular malformations
  • Hearing impairment and hearing loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Hypernasal speech
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Lump or mass in the neck
  • Nasal deformities
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Neck tumors
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Otitis media (ear infections)
  • Sinusitis (sinus infections)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
  • Traumatic head/neck injuries
  • Vocal cord paralysis

Pediatric otolarygology services we offer

Our children's ENT doctors partner with other physicians, nurses and support staff to provide your child with comprehensive, compassionate care.

Pediatric ENT treatments

We work closely with you to diagnose your child’s condition and to create the best treatment plan. Treatment will depend on that diagnosis, however, our ENT specialists will exhaust all non-invasive treatment options before suggesting surgery.

If ENT surgery is necessary, such as tonsillitis surgery, your child will receive expert, child-friendly surgical care. Our hospital is designed to meet the emotional and physical needs of children, and we will do everything we can to help make any treatment — surgical or nonsurgical — as comfortable and as easy as possible for both you and your child.

Aerodigestive program

Our Aerodigestive Program is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for children facing respiratory and gastrointestinal issues that simultaneously impact their breathing, swallowing and digestion. Our multi-professional team specializes in treating a broad spectrum of rare and common disorders. We evaluate your child's needs and develop a customized diagnosis and therapeutic treatment plan that is tailored to their individual needs.

Parent resources

Do you have more questions about pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions? We are here to provide the information you need to make the best decision about your child’s health.

Helpful information for parents

The following resources can be beneficial in helping to identify your child’s ENT conditions:

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Ear infections are a common problem in young children, especially before the age of three. Middle ear infections, caused by fluid buildup, are the most frequent type.

Symptoms include:

  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Fluid drainage
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tugging on the ear

Children's shorter and narrower Eustachian tubes make them more prone to ear infections, especially infants and toddlers with weaker immune systems and exposure to colds. See a doctor if symptoms last more than 24 hours, the infant is younger than 6 months, ear pain is acute, or there's discharge.

How do I know if my child needs a hearing test?

It is essential for parents to recognize the signs of hearing loss in babies, toddlers, and school-age children. If you suspect your child is experiencing hearing loss, it is critical to talk to your child's doctor and arrange a hearing test. Hearing impairment can negatively affect a child's language, communication, and social skills, so early intervention is crucial.

Signs of hearing loss in babies include:

  • Not reacting to loud noises
  • After six months of age, the baby doesn’t turn to the source of a sound.
  • Hears some sounds but ignores others
  • Not using single words like "dada" or "mama" to communicate after 1 year of age

Signs of hearing loss in toddlers and school-age children

  • Speech is delayed or not clear
  • Often asks "huh?" or "what?"
  • Volume is up too high on the TV or other devices or when using headphones
  • Doesn't follow directions, which may be interpreted by parents as not paying attention

Pediatric hearing loss is broadly classified into two categories: congenital, present from birth, and acquired, occurring after birth. Hearing loss in children can be treatable, particularly if it's temporary due to an ear infection.

Treatment options include:

  • Cochlear implants
  • Hearing aids
  • Medication
  • Special education
  • Surgical treatments

As a parent, it's understandable to feel scared and overwhelmed if you suspect your child may be suffering from hearing loss. The pediatric ent specialists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children are here to provide guidance and support to help you navigate this process.