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Otolaryngology is a medical specialty which is focused on the ears, nose, and throat. It is also called otolaryngology-head and neck surgery because specialists are trained in both medicine and surgery.  An otolaryngologist is often called an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or an ENT for short.

This medical specialty dates back to the 19th century, when doctors recognized that the head and neck contained a series of interconnected systems. Doctors developed techniques and tools for examining and treating problems of the head and neck, eventually forming a medical specialty. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, it is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

Otolaryngologists are trained in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, hoarseness, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), sleep apnea, chronic nosebleeds and facial and cranial nerve disorders. They also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.



Joseph Bernstein, MD graduated from Columbia University with honors and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.  Over the course of 20 years, Dr. Bernstein has practiced at NYU Medical Center, NY Eye & Ear Infirmary, Beth Israel Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Bernstein provides Ear, Nose & Throat services to both children and adults.

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