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Ear, Nose and Throat

We have a team of specialist consultants who cover the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat conditions. Working with highly skilled health profesionals, consultants are able to diagnose and treat the following conditions.

Sleep apnoea/snoring

We have a specialist snoring clinic which will diagnose and treat your snoring with an improvement in snoring within 1-4 weeks post surgery. Click here to find out more about our snoring clinic. 

Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom rather than a condition and can cause you to feel dizzy, sick and have a loss of balance making it difficult to stand or walk. Some causes of vertigo can include inner ear infections, migraines or inflammation of the vestibular nerve. Depending on the cause of your vertigo, you may also experience other problems such a tinnitus and hearing loss.

Ménière’s disease

This is a rare condition which can cause a number of other health problems including vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus and a feeling of pressure deep inside your ear. This condition can possibly be treated through some medications to prevent attacks, changes in your eating habits such as a low-salt diet, balance training, relaxation techniques and in some more severe cases, surgery.

Ear drum perforation

This is a tear or hole in the eardrum. It can be uncomfortable but can usually heal itself within a few weeks or months providing that the ear is kept dry and no infection develops. Causes can be a middle ear infection, and injury to the eardrum, sudden loud noise or explosions, changes in air pressure. Symptoms of this include earache or discomfort, discharge of mucus from your ear, a high temperature and potentially a buzzing or ringing in the ear.

Hearing loss

This is a condition which often develops with age and can be caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. Hearing loss can occur both suddenly and over time depending on the cause. How hearing loss is treated is dependent on the cause. There might be some more temporary treatments such as removal of earwax build-up or antibiotics where an infection is the cause of the hearing loss. In some instances, hearing aids can be fitted by one of our expert audiologists. It will be adjusted perfectly for you and will be regularly checked for comfort and effectiveness.

Tinnitus

This condition is often described by patients as a “ringing in the ears”. The sound comes from within the body and can include buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing and whistling. There are a variety of reasons you might have tinnitus including earwax buildup, middle ear infection, glue ear, perforated ear drum, Middle ear problems, including effusion, cholesteatoma and otosclerosis. 

Ear Infection

This can cause inflammation, redness and swelling in the ear drum and most commonly shows itself through high temperature, sickness, earache, lack of energy and some temporary hearing loss.

Earache/pain

Earache can be a sharp, dull or burning ear pain that comes and goes or is constant. One or both ears may be affected.

Sinusitis

A common condition which affects the lining of the sinuses causing them to become inflamed. This is usually viral and can improve within 2-3 weeks. Symptoms which occur include a headache, blocked nose, toothache, reduced sense of smell or a temperature for more than 3 weeks.

Tonsillitis/enlarged tonsils/strep throat

Symptoms include sore throat, earache, coughing, headache and high temperature. If your tonsillitis becomes chronic (having several episodes) a tonsillectomy is usually recommended.

Head and neck tumours 

This includes vestibular schwannomas, neurofibromatosis type 2 – this is a relatively uncommon type of tumour and can affect more than 30 areas of the head and neck. If it is suspected that you might have a tumour, diagnostic testing including biopsies and ultrasounds can be carried out at The Wilmslow Hospital.

Head and neck dystonia (tremors and spasms)

This is when you might have a range of muscle spasms or contractions which can often be repetitive and cause awkward and sometimes painful posture. A tremor or shaking can also sometimes be a characteristic of dystonia. There are a number of reasons dystonia can occur and a number of treatment options including botulinum toxin, medication, physiotherapy or surgery, including deep brain stimulation (DBS). Your consultant will be able to discuss with you the best treatment pathway, depending on the type of dystonia you have.

Diagnosis and treatment

Consultants will use a range of diagnostic equipment understand your condition and ensure you are on the right treatment pathway. These can include;

  • Examination
  • Hearing test, audiogram, bone conduction testing, speech discrimination testing, tympanometry, stapedius reflex testing, auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Nasopharyngoscopy
  • Imaging

Depending on the condition you have, we are able to offer you the following treatments:

  • Surgery
  • Intratympanic steroid injection therapy
  • Ear irrigation
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Grommets (ear tubes)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Diet
  • Hearing aid

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

Talk to us

Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

 

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