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Highly trained specialist and pioneer in treatments of the Ear Nose and Throat and Head and Neck, John McGuinness is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and injuries of the ear for both adults and children.  Conditions include hearing difficulties, ear infections, Exostosis, chronic ear infections, perforated ear drum and glue ear.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are most common in children, but can occur in anyone.

Middle ear infections can produce symptoms such as earache, deafness, high temperature and possibly blood and pus if the eardrum has burst. If a middle ear infection is frequently recurring or an eardrum is taking a long time to heal, it may be necessary to operate.

Outer ear infections causes symptoms including itching, pain, dulled hearing and discharge coming from the ear.

Surgery is recommended in severe or recurring cases of ear infection if antibiotics fail to clear the infections. Surgery involves placement of tympanostomy tube, a small ventilating tube in the eardrum. This tube allows the air to pass in allowing the fluid to drain out and also prevents the fluid accumulation behind the ear.

Perforated Eardrum

A perforated eardrum can severely affect your hearing depending on the size of the perforation in your eardrum.  A small puncture may only cause a slight loss of hearing, whereas a large puncture is likely to cause greater hearing loss.

The hearing loss experienced from a perforated ear drum is only temporary and will return once your eardrum has healed.

You may need surgery if your perforated eardrum is severe or doesn't heal. The procedure used to repair a perforated eardrum is known as a myringoplasty.

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