What is an otolaryngologist?

An otolaryngologist is a doctor who focuses on the ears, nose, throat and surrounding areas of the head and neck. Because of this, they're often referred to as ENT doctors—for ear, nose and throat.

Within the field of otolaryngology, doctors can specialize. For example, some become experts on problems related to allergies, while others focus on laryngology (disorders specific to the throat), rhinology (the nose and sinuses) or otology and neurotology (disorders of the ear, dizziness and balance issues). There are also otolaryngologists who focus specifically on children (pediatric otolaryngology) and those who specialize in reconstructive surgery of the face.