Answers to Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Questions

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What are smell and taste disorders?

Dr. Adam discusses smell and taste disorders. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Smell and taste disorders are issues that occur when a person’s sense of smell and/or sense of taste don’t work the way they should.

Because the use of smell and taste are so closely connected that one of these senses not working well usually causes the other to also not work well, according to the American Rhinologic SocietyOff Site Icon (ARS).

For example, patients who have a loss of taste typically also suffer from loss of smell, according to the ARS. A majority of the flavors people taste in food come from the sense of smell.

There aren’t a specific set of smell and taste disorders, according to Premier Health Specialists’ (PHS) physicians. Smell and taste disorders are on more of a spectrum.

Sometimes smell and taste are affected by a short-term nasal issue, such as sinusitis, while other times, they are lost completely because of more major head or neck issues, according to PHS physicians.

Smell and taste disorders are common and affect about 2 million people in the U.S., according to the ARS.

For more information about smell and taste disorders, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Stewart Adam, MD, Premier ENT Associates; Jeffrey Adam, MD, Premier ENT Associates; Laura Tully, MD, Premier ENT Associates