Outpatient Procedures

A number of tests may be performed by Mr Gillett within an appointment:

Hearing Tests: Audiometry & Tympanometry

Pure Tone Audiometry is the standard assessment of hearing. This is performed in a sound proofed booth on calibrated instrumentation. Tympanometry is a measure of middle ear function and frequently helps diagnosis. This is a quick and painless investigation and may also be performed.

Microsuction & Aural Toilet

This involves the cleaning of the ear under the microscope, usually with a small sucker to remove wax and debris. This allows a clearer view of the eardrum and aids in diagnosis. It is also frequently therapeutic. The safe and effective performance of this procedure needs many of the skills required for microsurgery of the ear. Mr Gillett has performed this on many thousands of patients.

Endoscopy

Mr Gillett is able to perform outpatient endoscopy. This is either endoscopy of the nose using rigid nasal endoscopes, or flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy. Rigid nasal endoscopy affords a good view of the nasal cavity and the back of the nose. It also allows a view of the sinus openings into the nasal cavity which aids in the diagnosis of sinusitis and other sinus problems. Flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy allows a view of the throat and voicebox (larynx) as well as a view of the nasal cavity. Mr Gillett will decide in discussion with you, the most appropriate way of examining your upper airways. Preparation of the airways may include the use of decongestant spray and a local anaesthetic.