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What is Otolaryngology?
Otolaryngology is the medical specialty dealing with diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, and throat. This includes cancer of the head and neck area, nose and sinus conditions, disorders of the ears and hearing, and speech, voice, and swallowing problems. The otolaryngologist also performs reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the face.

What is an Otolaryngologist?
An otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon is a Medical Doctor who specializes in disorders of the head and neck, especially those related to the ear, nose and throat. Although it is hard for many to believe, otolaryngology is abbreviated from a still longer name: otorhinolaryngology. The latter derives from the Greek base words: oto - ear, rhino - nose, and laryn - throat. In the past 50 years, otolaryngology has expanded from "ears, noses and throats" to a regional specialty of the head and neck. Even more recently, some otolaryngology-head and neck physicians subspecialize in otology, rhinology, laryngology, plastic surgery of the face and neck, tumor surgery, allergy, and broncho-esophagology.