frequently asked questions
Should we make a decision that you or a family member will need to have an operation we will book a suitable date, prepare paperwork for you to get approval from your medical aid and explain exactly what to expect before, during and after the operation. Most of the operations I do don’t require you to sleep in the hospital.
One of the nice things about being an ENT is that we build life-long relationships with our patients. It is the exception to the rule that you will only see me once.
Our bodies are extremely complicated. My goal is to always try and help you. This does not always mean I will be able to always heal you. In PE we have a very good inter-practice relationship with the other ENT’s. We often have academic meetings and will ask for second opinions or even refer difficult cases to each other where we may feel that you would get a better service.
Get them to shake their heads with the watery ear facing downwards. They can also pull the top of their ear upwards and then let it go numerous times. This motion straightens out the naturally curved external ear canal allowing the water to escape. Never use an ear-bud as this can cause wax buildup and another visit to me!
Do not take it out! If it is a watch battery then you need to get to a hospital and see an ENT specialist as soon as possible. Generally you can see the ENT the following day during office hours for other foreign bodies.
Just as we all have different hair color and texture so too out ear wax can differ from watery yellow to solid black. The best solution to dissolve wax is plain water. Some people visit us every few months to remove wax that has built up.
It is a small plastic button that has a hole in the middle which is carefully placed in the eardrum to help ventilate and drain the middle ear space.
The two main indications in children for removal are if various obstructive or infective criteria are met. Generally we try to only operate after at least a year of age because it is a very confined space; and before the teenage years as the associated pain gets worse the older you are
This is the body’s normal reaction to stress. However is can also be an indication that there is a problem if for example it is very high, prolonged and associated with lethargy or severe pain. It also depends on the type and length of operation as well as medication received intra- and post-operatively.
Generally not for T&A’s however, after grommet insertion a follow-up visit a few months later is required. If the grommets were not for glue-ear but a more severe infection then a follow-up visit within days will be required.
Be careful over which counter you go! Rather be safe and come and see your friendly ENT.
Moms know best. We only have 2 ears so rather look after them and bring your child to be seen. Warning signs are blood or puss draining from the ear, loss of hearing, decreased movement of the associated side of the face and decreased opening of the mouth.
In order for me to assist you in understanding the cause and possible management options for your hearing loss, it is better for you to have a hearing test done by an audiologist before your consultation. This is not necessary if you or your GP feel that the problem is due to a build up of ear wax.
That is what it is designed to do! Hopefully the body has repaired itself and the grommet rejected.