The UAB Comprehensive Smell and Taste Clinic was created to help patients suffering from smell and taste loss due to COVID-19 and other conditions, including facial and head trauma, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and conditions of unknown origin. Opened in early 2023 and the first of its kind in Alabama, the clinic is staffed by otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors, or ENTs), advanced practice providers, and nurses, as well as specialists in neurology, infectious disease, radiology, and other areas. The clinic provides a full range of evaluation and testing services, along with nasal exams when necessary. Patients receive a complete treatment plan that is personalized to their condition, including counseling and referrals to other specialists as needed.
The clinic is starting a support group for affected patients to raise awareness, share information, and help guide research into smell and taste loss. Estimates suggest that over 60% of people who get the COVID-19 virus are affected by smell and/or taste loss, and about 46% report long-term smell loss. In Alabama, at least 500,000 people have experienced ongoing smell and/or taste loss since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule an appointment with the UAB Comprehensive Smell and Taste Clinic, please call 205-801-7801 and choose option 3.
From allergies to sleep apnea, UAB Medicine Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat, or ENT) provides comprehensive management of disorders involving the ears, nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, and neck. Our staff includes some of the nation’s most skilled physicians and surgeons – many who are fellowship-trained – and our ENT program is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best of its kind in the country. In addition to complete allergy testing and treatment, the clinic provides a wide range of treatment options for conditions such as head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid issues, ear disorders (including hearing and balance issues), laryngeal and voice disorders, sleep disorders (including disruptive snoring and obstructive sleep apnea), and sinus problems. Our services are delivered at UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, and Callahan Eye Hospital.
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