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What is an Otologist/Neurotologist?

Hearing and balance specialists

An otologist/neurotologist is a board-certified otolaryngologist with specialty training in the medical and surgical care of children and adults with conditions affecting the:

  • Balance System
  • Ears
  • Skull base
  • Temporal Bone
  • Related Structures of the Head and Neck 

Becoming An Otologist/Neurotologist

Otolaryngologists are physicians who treat children and adults with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists are often called ENT physicians.

To become an otolaryngologist, physicians must complete college, medical school (usually four years), a year of general surgery training and four years of otolaryngology training. Then, they must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination.

Otolaryngologists who want to specialize in one area of otolaryngology, such as otology/neurotology, continue with an additional one to three years of extensive sub-specialty training.