Personal profile

Richard Irving is one of the UK’s leading otologists – a specialist in the study of conditions of the ear, hearing and balance.

He qualified from London University in 1985 and was trained in London and Cambridge. He was appointed Consultant Otolaryngologist & Skull Base Surgeon at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth and Children’s Hospitals in 1997.

Richard offers specialist expertise in all aspects of ear disease, medically and surgically, in both adults and children. This includes chronic ear disease, tinnitus, balance disorders and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuroma, glomus jugulare tumour, and hearing loss as well as industrial deafness.

He is in demand for lecturing and teaching, nationally and internationally. To date he has published more than 100 articles on a variety of subjects related to ears and ear disease.

As a surgeon with an academic interest, Richard serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of international journals, including Otology & Neurotology, The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, and The International Journal of Advanced Otology. He is the current Secretary of the British Society for The History of ENT and The British Society of Otology and a past Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is on the specialist register of the General Medical Council.

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Professional Membership

  • British Medical Association

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • Royal Society of Medicine Sections of Otology and Laryngology

  • British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology

  • British Association of Otolaryngologists Head and Neck Surgeons

  • Otorhinolaryngological Research Society

  • British Cochlear Implant Group

  • British Skull Base Society

  • European Academy of Otology and Neurotology

  • Midland Institute of Otology

  • Politzer Society

  • British Society of Otology

  • British Society for the History of ENT

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