Otolaryngologists: Specialists of the Ear, Nose and Throat
While we often think about treatment options for a disease or disorder, we don’t always think about who treats it. These days, there are medical specialists for almost every part of the body. An otolaryngologist, or an ENT (ear, nose and throat) physician, is one of those specialties.
Otolaryngology is a medical specialty that deals with the study of the ear, nose and throat, and often the head and neck as well. Otolaryngologists, or ENT physicians, are doctors who specialize in treating disorders that manifest in this part of the body. They are often trained in both medicine and surgery. These specialists deal with things from hearing loss to allergy and sinus problems, as well as other disorders, such as cancer. Since otolaryngologists concentrate solely on this region of the body, they are able to most accurately diagnose all kinds of disorders that manifest in the ear, nose and throat.
Nasopharyngeal cancer is one of the most serious disorders to develop in this region of the body, and usually develops behind the nose at the top of the throat. Most nasopharyngeal cancer patients are seen by an otolaryngologist, and in some cases may be operated on by an ENT surgeon.
For more information on otolaryngology and the role of ENT specialists, please visit http://www.entnet.org/content/what-otolaryngologist.