What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngology (pronouced oh/tow/lair/in/goll/o/jee) is one of the oldest medical specialties. Otolaryngologists are trained in the management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat, (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as an ENT surgeon. An ENT surgeon only starts practicing after completing 15 years of college and post graduate training.

What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?

The Ears - They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

The Nose - Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose are also part of otolaryngologists' expertise.

The Throat - Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or oesophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.

The Head and Neck - This centre of the body include the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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