Boost for tinnitus sufferers at Royal

SUFFERERS of an ear condition will get fast-track treatment at Chesterfield Royal Hospital under a new scheme.

To treat the symptom – which presents itself as a whistling, buzzing or ringing sound – the hospital’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department an now assess, carry out diagnostic tests and initiate treatment in the same clinic, on the same day.

Margot Boss, a hearing therapist at the Royal, said: “We’ve re-arranged the clinic so that patients that are referred to ENT will be seen there for assessments and tests before they are sent to us in audiology which is in outpatient suite 1.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this as, although Tinnitus is a symptom rather than a disease it can have quite an impact on sufferers and its treatment and management can be administered very swiftly.”