If you're in need of an ear, nose, and throat doctor, (also called an otolaryngologist or ENT), you may be confused about how to find one. Here are some places to start:
If you have health insurance, call your insurance company first. Some insurance companies will cover only services provided by specific physicians. Also, your insurance company should have a large database of doctors in your area. To call your company, look for the number on the back of your insurance card. It may be listed under member services. Also, your insurance may not cover services unless you have written referral from your primary care physician.
If you have one, ask your family physician (also called a general practitioner). If there is a good otolaryngolist in your area, he will have a reputation among the medical community. Your regular doctor may even have a working relationship with a good ENT.
Ask around. Chances are someone you know already has an ear, nose and throat doctor. This is helpful because they will likely give you an honest opinion of their doctor from a patient's perspective.