Copyright and Privacy Policy

Copyright Disclaimer

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (AAO-HNS) is providing information and services on the Internet as a benefit and service in furtherance of its nonprofit and tax-exempt status. The Academy makes no representations about the suitability of this information and these services for any purpose.

This information is provided by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc., (AAO-HNS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. (AAO-HNSF) for educational purposes only. Any information provided in this website should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for a consultation with an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon or other physician. The AAO-HNS and AAO-HNSF will not offer medical advice or recommend any physician for treatment of medical disorders; such requests cannot be answered.

All materials posted on this website are subject to copyrights owned or licensed by the AAO-HNS or AAO-HNSF unless indicated otherwise. AAO-HNS/AAO-HNSF provide limited permission for users to reproduce, retransmit, or reprint, for such user's own personal use only, part or all of any document on the website as long as the copyright notice and permission notice contained in the document or portion thereof are included in such reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting. All other reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting of all or part of any document found on is expressly prohibited without written consent from AAO-HNS and/or AAO-HNSF.

The names, trademarks, service marks, and logos of the AAO-HNS and AAO-HNSF appearing on this website may not be used by any other party without prior, express written permission. These names, trademarks, service marks, and logos may not be used in any advertising, publicity, or otherwise to indicate, suggest, or imply Academy or Foundation sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or services, without prior express written permission.

Privacy Statement

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) take the issue of privacy very seriously.

The AAO-HNS and AAO-HNSF do not sell, distribute, barter, or transfer personally identifiable information obtained from a web visitor user to a third party. Any information collected on any AAO-HNS website will only be used for the purpose stated. Only those who ask for information from us will receive email communications from us.

AAO-HNS members who provide us with an email address may be added to the AAO-HNS email list or certain other private lists. The AAO-HNS email list is only for important Academy communications, such as ENeT News or ENT Mail. You will not receive third-party advertising or promotional material on this list.

The AAO-HNS and AAO-HNSF do not sell or distribute your email address to third parties, such as outside commercial, charitable, or professional organizations, under any circumstances. You can remove your email address from our files at any time. Unless you notify us otherwise, your email address may be available to other members through our print and online members-only directory.

The AAO-HNS may use "cookie" technology to aid in site navigation and registration and to obtain non-personal information from its online visitors. Such data may be collected and used in aggregate by the AAO-HNS/F to shape and direct the creation and maintenance of content and to determine the type of advertisement to be seen by site visitors. We do not extract personal information in this process nor do we provide this information to third parties. We also do not contact you based on information in your cookie file.

The AAO-HNS has taken steps to make all information received from our online visitors as secure as possible against unauthorized access and use. All information is protected by our security measures, which are reviewed periodically.

WARNING: This site contains links to other sites. The AAO-HNS/F assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Academy Policy Protects Your Identity

It is an unfortunate reality and "sign of the times" that identity theft has become a threat to personal financial security. One form of protection that consumers can take is to minimize public exposure of their Social Security Number (SSN). The AAO-HNS/F is taking all deliberate steps to remove the request for a SSN from all educational materials. Current vendors are being asked to switch to an alternative, unique, numerical identifier for our members immediately. We remind our members to avoid public exposure of their SSN and to add their voices to a call for a change in policy whenever they receive materials that request and/or publish individual's SSN.