Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck and are commonly referred to as "ENT" physicians. Otolaryngologists diagnose and manage diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face, facial skin disorders such as skin cancers and reconstruction of the facial structures.
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What do Otolaryngologists treat?
The ears - Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. Otolaryngologists are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial disorders. They also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
The nose - About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of Otolaryngology. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing and the appearance of the nose are also part of Otolaryngologist' expertise.
The throat - Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to an Otolaryngologist is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aerodigestive tract and esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The head and neck - This center of the body includes 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.