By Bill Kray
From the neck up.
Did you know that otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States? Its roots as a medical specialty can be traced back to 1896. The first documented tracheotomy was performed in 1546 and the first hearing aid of any type was produced in 1898. With geographical +/- variance of about $100,000, today, the average salary for this profession is $212,216 USD (in case you're considering a career).
Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians. A broad range of conditions are treated. These include hearing loss and chronic ear infections to sinusitis, even reconstructive facial surgery to treat birth deformities. An otolaryngologist may also treat benign and malignant tumors of the face and neck, perform cochlear implants, and treat sleep disorders.
MYanatoMY store has otolaryngology posters for doctors to use when consulting about the inner ear, pharynx & larynx, hearing and balance. When was the last time you visited an ENT doctor?