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What is an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon?

Otolaryngologists, commonly referred to as ENT doctors, are trained in the surgical and medical diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related head and neck structures. These doctors diagnose, treat, and manage specialty disorders including pediatrics (children), otology (ears, hearing loss, balance, tinnitus facial nerve), plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck cancer, laryngology (throat and voice), and rhinology (sinus and nose).

Otolaryngologists differ from many physicians in that they are trained in both surgery and medicine. These doctors do not need to refer patients to other physicians when ear, nose, throat, or head/neck surgery is needed and, therefore, can offer the most appropriate care for each individual patient.


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