If your hearing is an issue, an audiologist will carry out a hearing test. Infections in the ear can often be treated with eardrops or by cleaning out of the ear with specialised equipment and a microscope.
If your Consultant determines that your hearing loss is being caused by fluid in the middle ear (this is known as glue ear) grommets might be an option
A blockage of the nose may be linked to a blockage of the ears. Carefully cleaning them out with a microscope can often resolve the problem.
Perforated eardrums will often heal naturally without the need for treatment, but if the hole is particularly large, you may need surgery to reconstruct the ear drum. Known as a myringoplasty, the ear drum is reconstructed with a skin graft.
People who suffer with severe or frequent popping ears may benefit from a Balloon Eustachian Tuboplasty.
Recurring tonsil problem may require the tonsils to be removed completely (a tonsillectomy) to treat the problem effectively.
Frequent or long-term blockage of the nostrils may require Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and/or a Nasal Polypectomy (removal of polyps). If the blockage is being caused by a crooked septum (the bone and cartilage dividing the two nostrils), a Septoplasty to correct the alignment may be beneficial.
In addition to those described above, there are a range of different treatment that can be helpful for ENT conditions. If surgery is advised, your Consultant will explain how it will be done, what the results should be any potential risks you should be aware of. It’s natural to have questions or concerns about treatment, and your Consultant will be happy to discuss these with you.