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The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."


Congress and Administration Take Aggressive Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic but Providers Continue to Struggle

Congress has passed four pieces of legislation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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USP General Chapter News. Media Fill Test Kit

Implementation of the new USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations is still…

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HHS Attestation Update

As AMA reported in the AMA Advocacy Update of May 22, HHS announced that providers need to…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

12/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/23: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/23: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2023 Basic Course

07/01/23: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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The hybrid 2023 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology will take place from Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the Hythe, Vail, CO (formerly known as the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort). The live–stream content and pre-work will be made available to virtual attendees and live attendees via the Whova app with the pre-work content releasing on March 1, 2023. Learn More and Register Now


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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

Changes in Managing Practices

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

AAOA Educational Stacks
October 15-December 31, 2022

2023 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
March 30 - April 1, 2023
The Hythe Vail
Formerly the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
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2023 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 29 – July 1, 2023
Hyatt Regency Seattle
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2023 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 28 – September 30, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downton

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

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CRS with/without Nasal Polyps Podcast Series: Quality of Life Burden

In the third episode of CRS with/without Nasal Polyps Podcast Series: Quality of Life Burden,…

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AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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What is an Otolaryngologist?

By Christine DeMason, MD

An otolaryngologist is a physician who takes care of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth and neck. Most people know otolaryngologist as an ENT or Ears, Nose and Throat doctor. Otolaryngologist take care of both children and adults. 

The official title is Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, as they treat both the medical and surgical disorders of the head and neck, splitting time between seeing patients in clinic and in the operating room. Otolaryngologist treat a variety of diseases including hearing loss, hoarseness, tonsillitis, sinusitis and allergies (see list below). 

Within otolaryngology, there are subspecialist who focus on certain aspects on ENT. These include 

  • Otology (ear diseases)
  • Rhinology (nose and sinus diseases)
  • Facial plastics (reconstructive treatment of face, ears and nose)
  • Head and neck oncology (cancers of the head and neck)
  • Laryngology (voice and swallowing disorders)
  • Pediatrics (children with ENT problems)

These fellowships are typically 1-2 years after completing an Otolaryngology residency. On the other hand, a general otolaryngologist treats all aspects of ENT and usually sends complex patients to these subspecialists if need be.  

To receive full certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (ABOto), applicants must complete college, medical school and a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology and then pass a written and oral examination. 

What do Otolaryngologist Treat?

Here are some of the common diseases that Otolaryngologist treat but by no means a complete list. 

Ear related diseases such as

  • Hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo/balance disorders

Nose/Allergies diseases such as 

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal obstruction 
  • Nasal trauma 
  • Epistaxis/nose bleeds
  • Smell disorder

Throat disorders such as 

  • Hoarseness and voice changes
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Deep neck infections

Head and Neck disorders such as 

  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Oral and laryngeal (voice box) cancers
  • Sleep apnea 
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