What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists, or more commonly referred to as ENT physicians, are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat (ENT), and head and neck.

What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?

  • Ears – ENT physicians treat ear disorders. These specialists 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.
  • Nose – ENT physicians care for the nasal cavity and sinuses. This includes allergies and a person’s sense of smell, as well as the appearance of the nose and a person’s ability to breathing through the nose.
  • Throat – ENT physicians are experts in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
  • Head and Neck – ENT physicians are trained to treat infectious diseases in the head and neck area. Some diseases include both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. ENT physicians can perform cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery.

There are pediatric ENT physicians who treat the special needs of children. Learn more about pediatric ENT physicians

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