What is an ear, nose and throat specialist?


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An ear, nose and throat specialist, or otolaryngologist, is a physician trained in the treatment of diseases and disorders in the ear, nose and throat. They also specialize in treating related structures in the head and neck.

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An otolaryngologist is only ready to practice medicine after up to 15 years of medical training. This includes four years of college, four years of medical school and then at least five years of medical training, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

The seven areas of expertise within otolaryngology are allergies; facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; head and neck; laryngology, or disorders of the throat; otology, or diseases of the ear; pediatric otolaryngology; and rhinology, or disorders of the nose and sinuses.

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