Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States, with the first published account of a successful tracheotomy (creating a hole in the windpipe for breathing), in 1546. The otolaryngology specialty board was formed in 1924.
What Does an Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist Do?
An otolaryngologist (also known as an ENT specialist) is trained in the medical and surgical management of disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), head, and neck in both adults and children. Examples of commonly treated ear, nose, throat, head, and neck problems are listed below.
- Ear – ear infections, hearing loss, balance disorders, ear birth defects, tinnitus (ear noises).
- Nose – sinusitis, difficult nasal breathing, allergies, smell disorders, nasal fractures.
- Throat – tonsillitis, removal of adenoids and tonsils, hoarseness, vocal cord polyps, breathing problems, swallowing disorders, throat clearing, throat cancers.
- Head and Neck – removal of thyroid, parotid and salivary gland tumors, neck infections or abscesses, facial paralysis. Facial trauma, facial cosmetic, and reconstructive procedures.
To become an otolaryngologist, after medical school the doctor completes either one or two years or general surgery, then 3 to 4 years of residency training specifically in the management of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. Board certification is attained by passing the written and oral specialty exam.
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