Waitemata DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Services
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) is also known as Otorhinolaryngology (ORL), or Head and Neck Surgery. This area of medicine is concerned with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, the head and the neck.
ENT Surgeons (or otorhinolaryngologists) are specialist doctors who deal with medical and surgical treatment of conditions of the ears, nose, throat and structures of the head and neck apart from the eyes.
If you have an urgent problem requiring immediate surgical assessment you will be referred to the ORL Department at Auckland City Hospital as acute ORL work is not done at North Shore or Waitakere Hospitals.
If the problem is not urgent, the GP will write a letter to the ORL Department requesting an appointment in the outpatient clinic. Each month the Department receives more new referrals than can be seen in clinic. One of the consultant surgeons working in the Department reviews the referral letters to determine who should be seen first, based on the information provided by the GP. Very urgent cases are usually seen within a couple of weeks, but other cases may have to wait a much longer time. Routine cases are often returned to the GP with some management advice.
Otology (Ear) Tests
Audiometry is the electronic testing of hearing ability. You will sit in a special room wearing earphones and be asked to respond when you hear a noise through the earphones. These tests can measure your hearing levels as well as other aspects of hearing such as the ability to recognise… More
This is inflammation or infection of your middle ear (the space behind your eardrum) and is often associated with a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.… More
When the growth of one of the tiny bones in your middle ear, the stapes, changes from hard to soft and spongy, it leads to the condition called otosclerosis.… More
Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More
This is a rare, slow-growing, benign (non-cancerous) overgrowth of tissue on the nerves that affect your hearing and balance.… More
Meniere's disease is a disorder in which there is an abnormality in the fluids of the inner ear resulting in increased pressure in the inner ear.… More
In the facial bones surrounding your nose, there are four pairs of hollow air spaces known as sinuses or sinus cavities.… More
Snoring is the harsh rattling noise made by some people when they sleep.… More
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
When snoring is interrupted by episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnoea.… More
Rhinitis is the inflammation of the lining of the nose (nasal mucosa).… More
Your tonsils are the oval-shaped lumps of tissue that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… More
Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
If you find it difficult to pass food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach, you may have a swallowing disorder or dysphagia.… More
Hoarseness can be described as abnormal voice changes that make your voice sound raspy and strained and higher or lower or louder or quieter than normal.… More
Audiologists: Bronwen Arlington, Julie Hill
Audiology Secretaries: Helen Lang and Jennifer Harrison
Ear Nurse Specialists: Barbara Middleton, Lorraine Cringle
PA ORL: Edith Ellis
(09) 486 8900
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This page was last updated at 11:31AM on June 29, 2015. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Services.