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Throat, Thyroid & Speech

Throat disorders like sleep apnea, acid reflux, and speech problems can range from a minor annoyance to a life-altering obstacle. An ENT doctor specializes in conditions that affect the tonsils, pharynx, vocal cords, or the thyroid. Ogden Clinic ENT specialists can detect and treat a number of throat conditions including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Speech pathology
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Hoarseness
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Head and neck surgery

Speech and Voice Services

Ogden Clinic ENT also includes Speech Pathology experts. They are trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect swallowing, speech, and voice. Sometimes these conditions are the result of an accident or an incident such as stroke. For others, a slow progression of voice deterioration can develop if patients use their voice frequently. People who seek treatment for speech pathology include:

  • Professional voice users (singers, actors, public speakers)
  • Pediatric and adult patients with voice disorders
  • Apraxia and dysarthria (motor-speech disorder) patients
  • Aphasia sufferers
  • Patients with cognitive and communicative disorders

Thyroid Health

Thirty million Americans have some kind of thyroid disorder. That’s a surprising number — but even more startling is that up to 50% of people with thyroid disease aren’t even aware that they have it. The symptoms are easy to brush off: fatigue, sleep issues, irritability, and others. But the consequences of postponing diagnosis and treatment can be serious. Untreated thyroid issues can lead to health complications ranging from an increased risk of osteoporosis to cardiovascular issues.

Ogden Clinic ENT doctors diagnose a thyroid disorder after performing a physical exam and reviewing lab results. A simple blood test measures the patient’s amount of thyroid stimulating hormone. This hormone is the workhorse that regulates the work of the thyroid. Treatments can range from conservative anti-thyroid medications to minimally invasive surgery.

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