What is an Otolaryngologist?

Considered to be the oldest medical specialty in the United States, Otolaryngology (pronounced oh-toe-lair-in-goll-oh-jee) is comprised of specialized physicians that are primarily concerned with the ear, nose, and throat. Otolaryngologists are trained in the management and treatment of patients who are suffering from disorders and diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors also treat the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, as well as disorders of the neck and head. Otolaryngology specialists are trained in broncoesophagology, allergies, otology, laryngology, rhinology, neck and head surgery, facial plastic, as well as reconstructive surgery.

You may be wondering, what does an Otolaryngologist treat? Conditions and diseases of the structures of the face and neck, throat, mouth, larynx, nose, sinuses, and of the ears are diagnosed and managed by an otolaryngologist.

  • Nose – Otolaryngologists care for the sinuses, and nasal cavity, as well as treat deviated septum’s, allergies, polyps, smell disorders, and other nasal area problems.
  • Ears – Otolaryngologists are trained in the surgical and medical treatment of certain cranial nerve disorders, balance disorders, ear infections, ear disorders, hearing loss, tinnitus, as well as birth disorders of the inner and outer ear.
  • Throat – Otolaryngologists are experts in managing and treating diseases of the larynx, esophagus, throat, as well as swallowing and voice disorders.
  • Neck and Head – Otolaryngologists can perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, and are trained to treat tumors, deformities, infections, and facial trauma in the head and neck area.

If you are in need of treatment for disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck, then an otolaryngologist is the appropriate physician to see. Dr. Neil Sperling is an otolaryngologist who specializes in surgery for hearing restoration. His expertise also extends to cochlear implantation, ear drum perforation, autoimmune inner ear disease, hearing aid consultation, and to other ear, nose, and throat problems. If you live in the NYC metro area and are looking for a highly skilled physician, contact Neil M. Sperling, M.D. today.

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