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Pediatric Otolaryngology

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Pediatric Otolaryngology

At Children’s Hospital of Georgia, our pediatric otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, provide comprehensive care for both routine, and complex ENT issues in children of all ages.

Pediatric Otolaryngology

At Children’s Hospital of Georgia, our pediatric otolaryngologists, also known as ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, provide comprehensive care for both routine, and complex ENT issues in children of all ages.

About Us

We provide expert pediatric care for ear problems, hearing loss, nose and sinus conditions, as well as, long- term disease management for more complex illnesses.  For any recurring ENT condition, consultation with a trained otolaryngologist is important, as many of these issues can affect a child’s growth and development.

We know that otolaryngological disorders can be hard on your child and family. Our team has the experience and expertise to diagnose ENT issues by offering:

  • Multidisciplinary care: We have board-certified, fellowship trained, pediatric otolaryngologists and ENT surgeons available to diagnose and treat your child.
  • Teamwork: Collaboration is important when it comes to ear, nose and throat cases. We work closely with pediatric audiologists, speech pathologists, pulmonologists and respiratory therapists to create a care plan customized to your child's needs.    
  • Patient-and Family-Centered care: You are always involved in your child’s health care decisions. Our doctors work with you and your family to decide on the best options when diagnosing and treating your child.
  • Research and Clinical Trials: Children's Hospital of Georgia is supported by the strength of Augusta University and their dedicated focus on research to advancing clinical care. The pediatric ENT department is involved in many areas of airway research to improve outcomes for patients with sleep apnea and recurrent respiratory issues.

Our Centers, Programs and Clinics

To better serve your child, we have many available programs and clinics that offer focused treatments for our young ENT patients.  We also refer children to the many diagnostic and treatment centers on the AU Health campus.

With a full range of in-house diagnostic evaluations and a team of experienced and board-certified ENT specialists, we provide the full spectrum care for:

  • Airway conditions
  • Balance disorders
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Ear and hearing disorders
  • Head and neck issues
  • Hearing loss
  • Nasal and sinus conditions
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Ruptured eardrums
  • Sinusitis or sinus infections
  • Throat disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Voice and swallowing disorders

Ear Issues and Hearing Loss Expertise

Our ENT specialists provide expert care for routine ear issues such as recurring ear infections or persistent fluid in the ears. As children grow and develop, it is critical for speech and language development that they hear as clearly as possible as they begin to speak and naturally develop their language skills.

Our specialized pediatric audiologist provides follow up tests to hearing screenings such as the auditory brainstem response (ABR) test that measures the hearing nerve’s response to sound. This test can be used to detect any hearing loss in infants and very young children. 

Expert Care for Nose and Sinus Conditions

When children have recurring nasal or sinus issues, it can affect growth and development because sinuses are not fully developed until the late teens. It is important to have your child evaluated by a pediatric ENT specialist because many times more complex nasal or sinus issues are seen as a routine runny nose, allergies or a cold. Our team can evaluate your child’s individual condition and issues to make the right diagnosis so treatment can begin to provide relief.

In addition to more routine conditions, otolaryngologists at CHOG care for the more complex nose and sinus conditions such as persistent nosebleeds, nasal obstructions or a nasal mass. Our team also provides disease management care for conditions such as cystic fibrosis. For these young patients, sinus issues are much more complex and our team is able to coordinate care with pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and other clinical specialists for the best long-term care.

Time Critical Newborn Screenings

The ability to hear clearly is critical to the development of speech and language. Any hearing loss, no matter how slight, can impact a child’s ability to learn to speak. Our newborn hearing screening offers a very early assessment of an infant’s ability to hear. By measuring the hearing nerve’s response soon after birth, our team is able to identify any possible hearing loss very early so intervention and treatment can begin sooner. At Augusta University Health, we provide newborn hearing screenings for all babies before they leave the hospital.  

Advanced pediatric ear, nose and throat surgery

We want what you want – a healthy child that has received the best care available. Our focus is only on children - we even have kid friendly designed check in, waiting rooms and clinics for appointments. For any health issues, but especially any time ENT surgery is a consideration for your child, it can be alarming. Our ENT team focuses on making both children and parents comfortable with every step of care from initial diagnostics through surgery to follow up care.

Research and Clinical Trials to Improve Care

As the only academic medical center in the region, Children's Hospital of Georgia is supported by the strength of Augusta University and their dedicated focus on research to advance clinical care. The ENT Department is involved in many areas of airway research to improve care for patients with sleep apnea and recurrent respiratory issues. Our team continues to reach beyond standard treatments, medications, devices and diagnostics to find innovative and improvements to clinical care that will benefit all patients.

 

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Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Shirley, Brian, PNP

Nurse Practitioner

Prosser, John Drew, MD

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