Since 1923, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA) has been the region’s premier ear, nose, and throat care provider for adult and pediatric patients. CEENTA has more than 40 otolaryngologists in nearly 20 locations across North and South Carolina. Our ENT doctors have years of experience in diagnosing and treating common and complicated problems related to the ears, nose and throat. Many of our physicians are board-certified, fellowship-trained or engaged in new research in their respective fields. Because of this, CEENTA can offer expertise across the gamut of otolaryngic care, including facial plastic surgery, otolaryngic allergy, otology, head and neck surgical oncology, and pediatrics. Please call 704.295.3000 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.


Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive option for patients with chronic sinusitis. A small, flexible balloon catheter is inserted through the nose into the blocked sinus cavity. The balloon is then inflated to stretch, restructure, and open the sinus passage, allowing it to drain normally. Balloon sinuplasty is a midway point between using medicines such as decongestants and nasal steroids to treat infections and full sinus surgery, which involves the removal of tissue and bone and the use of general anesthesia. Recovery time after surgery is several days to a week.

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Comprehensive Adult & Pediatric ENT Care

An otolaryngologist - also known as an ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT - provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for adult and pediatric patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose and throat, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. Conditions treated include hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, tinnitus, allergies, voice and swallowing disorders, and head & neck cancers.

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Cochlear Implants

Through the cochlear implant, the gift of hearing has been given to over 300 severely to profoundly hearing-impaired patients at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose &Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA). The cochlear implant is a device that provides electrical stimulation to the cochlea, which results in the perception of hearing. The CEENTA cochlear implant team has extensive training and experience in the implantation and programming of cochlear implants. This team has seen cochlear implants develop into a viable option for the severely and profoundly hearing-impaired through technological advances in both the external and internal device.

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Ear Tube Surgery

Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children—by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode. Most ear infections either resolve on their own (viral) or are effectively treated by antibiotics (bacterial). But sometimes ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear may become a chronic problem leading to other issues, such as hearing loss, or behavior and speech problems. In these cases, insertion of an ear tube by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) may be considered. Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They also may be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or PE (pressure equalization) tubes.

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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation

CEENTA now offers the AERA Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, the first balloon device to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction in the United States. Eustachian tube dysfunction, or ETD, is when the normal function of the Eustachian tube – helping maintain pressure in the ear by periodically opening and closing – is impaired, leading to pressure, pain, impaired hearing, persistent ear infections, tinnitus, or other symptoms. With the AERA Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, a doctor uses a catheter to insert a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the tube. This may help the Eustachian tube to function properly again. After the tube is dilated, the doctor deflates and removes the balloon.

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Head & Neck Cancer

This year, more than 63,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable). More than 13,000 of them will die from it. As many as 90 percent of head and neck cancers arise after prolonged exposure to specific risk factors. Use of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or snuff) and alcoholic beverages are the most common cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, and tongue. In adults who do not smoke or drink, cancer of the throat can occur as a result of infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). Prolonged exposure to sunlight is linked with cancer of the lip and is also established as a major cause of skin cancer.

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LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant

CEENTA ENT doctors offer the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant for patients who suffer from nasal airway obstruction caused by outer nasal wall collapse. Nasal breathing delivers approximately 70 percent of air to the lungs. More than 20 million Americans are believed to suffer from nasal airway obstruction, which limits airflow through the nose. The implant is designed to treat a collapse of the lateral/side wall. It is placed inside the nose and supports the nasal wall, allowing air to pass through the nose easier.

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Neurotology/Otology

Neurotologists and otologists are board-certified otolaryngologists with specialty training in the medical and surgical care of patients, both adult and pediatric, with diseases that affect the inner ears, balance system, temporal bone, skull base, and related structures of the head and neck. They treat hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the inner ear, congenital malformations of the ear and tumors in the inner ear.

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Pediatric Airway

When your child’s airway is narrowed due to obstructed airflow, they might breathe noisily. This is called stridor. Stridor is not a condition itself, but is a symptom of one of several airway disorders. The four most common causes of stridor are laryngomalacia, vocal fold paralysis, subglottic stenosis, and subglottic hemangioma. While there are other causes, these cover the vast majority of cases in which stridor is a symptom.

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Pediatric ENT

All children are unique and special, and yours is no different. That uniqueness extends to their medical care, and our ENT doctors know that. Whether it’s a common childhood ailment like an ear infection or tonsillitis, or something more serious like a growth on their neck, our doctors will treat them with the personalized care they deserve in a safe, comfortable environment. Our doctors are also skilled in treating children with special ENT problems, such as birth defects in the head and neck and developmental delays like Down syndrome.

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Septoplasty

A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten the nasal septum if it deviates. The septum is supposed to run straight down the center of the nose. When it deviates, it can block one side of the nose and reduce airflow. The septum can be deviated at birth, or it can become deviated from an injury. Most people have at least a slightly deviated septum. However, a significantly deviated septum can cause difficulty breathing, recurrent rhinitis, or sinusitis.

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Thyroid Surgery

Your thyroid gland is one of the endocrine glands that makes hormones to regulate physiological functions in your body, like metabolism. Other endocrine glands are the pancreas, the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the parathyroid glands. The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck, below the larynx, and wraps around the front half of the trachea. Thyroid diseases are very common, and include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid enlargement, and thyroid malignancy.

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Tonsils & Adenoids

The tonsils and adenoid are lymphoid tissue and part of the immune system, but their role is limited. Removing the tonsils and adenoid does not weaken the immune system. Instead, their removal may actually reduce the frequency of illnesses in some children. Removal of the tonsils and adenoid is considered when they are excessively enlarged or frequently infected. They do not need to be infected to get enlarged. In fact, children often have obstructive problems from enlarged tonsils and adenoids without ever having had sore throats or "strep throat."

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