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Otolaryngologist performing an endoscopic sinus surgical procedure
A 40-watt CO2 laser used in otolaryngology

Otolaryngology , is the study of ear, nose, and throat conditions or ENT. It is also referred to as Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery or otorhinolaryngology.

Physicians specializing in otolaryngology are called otolaryngologists or by the nickname "ENTs" or "ENT doctors" and often treat children with persistent ear, nose, and throat conditions to include surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an otolaryngologist for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss, and cancers of these regions.


  • Etymology 1
  • Training 2
  • Sub-specialties 3
  • Topics 4
    • Head and neck oncology 4.1
    • Otology and neurotology 4.2
    • Rhinology 4.3
    • Pediatric otolaryngology 4.4
    • Laryngology 4.5
    • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery 4.6
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The term is a combination of four Ancient Greek words: οὖς ous (gen.: ὠτός otos), "ear", ῥίς rhis, "nose", λάρυγξ larynx, "larynx" and -λογία -logia, "study".[1]


Otolaryngologists are physicians (MD, DO, MBBS, MBChB, etc.) who, in the United States, complete at least five years of surgical residency training. This is composed of one year in general surgical training and four years in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. (In the past it varied between two and three years of each.) In Canada, practitioners complete a five-year residency training after medical school.

Following residency training, some otolaryngologists complete an advanced sub-specialty Fellowship where training can be 1–2 years in duration. In the United States and Canada, otolaryngology is one of the most competitive specialties in medicine in which to obtain a residency position following medical school.


Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery* Otology Neurotology* Rhinology and Sinus Surgery Laryngology and Voice Disorders Pediatric Otolaryngology Sleep Medicine*
Surgical oncology Facial cosmetic surgery Ear Middle and inner ear Sinusitis Voice disorders Velopalatine insufficiency
Reconstruction Maxillofacial Hearing Temporal bone Allergy Phono-surgery Cleft lip and palate
Endocrine surgery Trauma Balance Skull base Anterior skull base Swallowing disorders Airway
Endoscopic Surgery Dizziness Apnea and snoring Vascular malformations
Cochlear implant/BAHA

(* Currently recognized by American Board of Medical Subspecialties)


Head and neck oncology

Otology and neurotology


Rhinology pertains to sinus diseases and the anterior skull base.

Pediatric otolaryngology


Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a one-year fellowship open to otolaryngologists and plastic surgeons who wish to specialize in the aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the head, face, and neck.

See also


  1. ^ "otolaryngologist" entry in: Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis, Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009.

External links

Associations and Societies
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society (The Trilogical Society)
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons
  • Australian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Canadian Society of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
  • The Voice Foundation
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • International Federation of Oto-rhino-laryngological Societies
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • American Laryngological Association
  • Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
  • European Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • American Otological Society
  • Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Journal of Voice
  • Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
  • Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  • TWJ Foundation
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