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People may also have problems with sore ears or discharge coming from the ears.
When patients come to see us, we will take a full history of their condition. We will then perform an examination of the ears, both with a handheld torch (called an Otoscope), and a more detailed examination with a microscope. The latter allows us to get a magnified view of the inside of the ear.
We will need to get a hearing test organised; some people will have already had this done, perhaps through their GP or via our own private audiology service. By the time the patient comes to see us, we then have this information to hand, which makes the consultation more efficient.
If the patient has problems with dizziness and poor balance, we will do some balance tests, to see how well they perform and how good their balance control is. Occasionally, we will send them for more detailed tests, which may be done by a different provider.
If someone presents with hearing loss just in one ear, or they have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) in one ear, we will want to exclude some rare conditions, including something called an acoustic neuroma – which are benign tumours that grow on the hearing nerve.
You can only pick those up by doing a scan (MRI), says our ENT Surgeon; they’re rare, but if someone has hearing loss in one ear, we want to make sure there isn’t something pressing on the nerve that is causing that hearing loss.
We would then request an MRI scan.
Then we would get a hearing test, and we would discuss with them how intrusive the tinnitus is. We can then share with them some simple advice on how to manage it.
We generally reassure patients that, over time, the brain does start to adapt to the noise – this can be helped by adopting various strategies, such as listening to music, or using a white noise generator, which you can put under your pillow.
Excessive ear wax can also cause hearing loss – and we can look at patients presenting with this symptom here in clinic. If the ears are blocked, we can use a microscope and remove the wax using a suction instrument.
Some children present with deafness, often related to a condition called “glue ear”, where fluid gets trapped in the ear in young children.
This causes reduced hearing, and we will go through the same consultation process; while we don’t currently operate on children – they will go to the NHS children’s hospital – we can assess them here at Albyn Hospital.
The commonest nose complaint people present with is a blocked nose; there are lots of different reasons for this. This could be:
We also see people with:
The main problems involving the throat include:
You may need to be put forward for some investigations (as outlined in the various sections above) and our Consultant offers a patient-centred approach to your treatment, to ensure the best outcome for you.
Patients like coming to the hospital, because it’s relatively central to the city, and it has good parking. Staff are welcoming and the hospital prides itself on having extremely high standards of cleanliness.
Below is an at-a-glance look at some of the reasons you might choose BMI Albyn Hospital for ENT conditions:
Patients come from as far away as Shetland and Orkney. On the mainland, they will come from as far away as Wick, at the top of Scotland.
Some come from Inverness and Dundee too.
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