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October 28, 2017

The nose is the tip of the iceberg

by Chris Kelly, Founder, AbScent


ENT specialists, and rhinologists in particular, treat noses. When you go to your doctor for smell loss, the doctor is understandably going to want to investigate that small piece of triangular real estate in the middle of your face. Doctors want to fix things, so they will start where the problem lies.

We see with our eyes, which are the organs of sight. We taste with our tongues, which relay messages from our taste buds to the gustatory complex in our brains. For hearing, we have an eardrum and three tiny bones that transmit information about the pressure waves of air that translate to sound. But in our nose? We have a small patch of tissue called the olfactory epithelium, and this is actually brain tissue.

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