Paediatric ear, nose and throat surgery
Joanne and Charles are able to see and treat acute and chronic ear conditions in both adults and children.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a very common condition. It may be associated with hearing loss but can occur in the presence of completely normal hearing. Hearing tests and occasionally a scan may be needed.
Ear infections can affect the middle ear (acute otitis media, AOM) or the skin of the ear canal (otitis externa). AOM is most common in young children, while otitis externa is usually seen in adults. It may be associated with water and is sometimes known as “swimmer’s ear”. Otitis externa is treated with antibiotic drops and the ear may also need to be cleaned; this is easily done in the rooms using an operating microscope with the patient awake. Ear wax can also be removed by this microsuction technique.
A perforated ear drum (tympanic membrane) may heal by itself over a few weeks, but if a hole persists then it may need to be repaired surgically (myringoplasty or tympanoplasty).