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What is an Otolaryngologist?

shutterstock 96062597 300x275 - What is an Otolaryngologist? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesOtolaryngology is one of the oldest medical specialties in the US.

Otolaryngologists are physicians specializing in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with ailments and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) as well as those related to the structures of the head and neck. These doctors are also known as ENT physicians.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides advanced treatments for the face, breast and body to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities across the landscape.

What do Otolaryngologists treat?

Otolaryngologists detect and manage conditions of the ears, nose, larynx (voice box), sinuses, mouth, and throat along with the structures of the neck and face.


Loss of hearing impacts 1 in 10 North Americans. The treatment of ear disorders is a unique area of specialization of otolaryngologists.

They are qualified in both the medical as well as surgical treatment of ear infections, ear noise (tinnitus), hearing loss, balance disorders, and certain cranial nerve disorders. Furthermore, otolaryngologists also address congenital (birth) disorders of the inner and outer ear.


Nearly 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis annually. This makes it a top health complaint in the US. Nasal cavity and sinuses care are among the main qualifications of otolaryngologists. Issues in the nasal region include smell disorders, polyps, allergies, and nasal obstruction because of a deviated septum.


The throat is a vital area of the body that enables various activities such as communication (speech and singing) as well as consuming a meal. Otolaryngologists treat conditions of the throat, larynx (voice box), as well as the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus including swallowing and voice ailments.

Head and Neck

This region of the body involves vital functions of smell, sight, hearing, and facial appearance. Otolaryngologists specialize in the treatment of infections, benign and malignant tumors in the head and neck area as well as facial trauma and deformities. They treat conditions through both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.

What are the Seven Areas of Expertise in the Field of Otolaryngologists?


The treatment of allergies involves immunotherapy (allergy shots), medication, and avoiding dust, food, pollen, mold, and other sensitivities.

Conditions Treated: seasonal and perennial rhinitis, laryngitis, hay fever, sore throat, chronic sinusitis, dizziness, otitis media

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery involve the functional, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the ear as well as the face and neck.

Conditions Treated: nose reshaping, deviated septum, facelift, drooping eyelids, hair loss, cleft palate, and other deformities of the ear

Head and Neck

This involves the treatment of cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck.

Conditions Treated: cancer of the voice box, lump in the neck or thyroid


Laryngology involves the treatment of conditions of the throat, including swallowing and voice ailments.

Conditions Treated: hoarseness, sore throat, GERD, swallowing disorder, infections, and tumors


This involves the treatment of diseases of the ear including infection, benign tumors, trauma (injury), and nerve pathway conditions.

Conditions Treated: swimmer’s ear, ear infection, hearing loss, dizziness, ringing in the ears; ear, face, or neck pain

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Pediatric Otolaryngology involves the treatment of diseases in children with special ENT issues.

Conditions Treated: tonsil and adenoid infection, ear infection (otitis media), asthma and allergy/sinus disease, airway problems, neck tumors


This involves the treatment of disorders of the nose and sinuses.

Conditions Treated: nosebleed, loss of smell, sinus disorder, stuffy nose, polyps, and tumors

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other neighborhoods and communities in this part of the country for various procedures for the face, breast, and body.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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