ENT (Otolaryngology)

An ENT specializes in treating ear, nose, and throat conditions.Commonly referred to as ENTs, otolaryngologists specialize in treating conditions of the ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.

Otolaryngology services are available at Mount Nittany Health - Boalsburg. Patients requiring surgery can receive it from otolaryngologists at Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center.


Otolaryngologists handle the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus) and nerve pain. Surgeons at the Surgical Center can insert bilateral myringotomy tubes (BMT).

Audiology services are also available at Mount Nittany Health - Boalsburg office.


Management of the nasal cavity and sinuses includes both medical and surgical treatment of sinusitis and nasal septal deformities. ENTs commonly treat problems with nasal obstruction as well as chronic sinus problems that can make it difficult to breathe or cause head pain.

Surgeons can perform Balloon Sinusplasty™, InstaTrak® and endoscopic sinus surgeries, and nasal fracture repair.


Otolaryngologists specialize in treating disorders related to speech and swallowing as well as diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus. They can also treat reflux conditions.

Additionally, otolaryngologists at the Surgical Center can perform advanced tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures.

Head & Neck

Otolaryngology focuses on the nerves that control the face, sight, smell and hearing, including facial and cranial nerve disorders.

Additionally, infectious diseases, like benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors of the mouth and throat, as well as tumors of the salivary glands and thyroid/parathyroid tumors can be treated by our otolaryngology team.

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Mount Nittany Surgical Center Uses New, Minimally Invasive Technology to Treat Chronic Sinus Infections

For many patients suffering from chronic sinus infections, or sinusitis, surgery is considered the last option. Living with symptoms such as fatigue, congestion, difficulty breathing and headaches are often chosen over surgical procedures. Mount Nittany Medical Center offers a new surgical technology, Balloon Sinuplasty by Acclarent, which allows the sinus to be opened by placing a small, flexible balloon into the blocked pathway. Once in place, the balloon is inflated, gently opening the sinus pathway, helping to restore function and normal sinus drainage, then deflated and removed. “Our goal is to alleviate pressure and discomfort for the patient,” says Yi How Kao, MD, an American Board of Otolaryngology certified head and neck surgeon...

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