About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital / Ear, Nose and Throat

(as the patient),

I woke up one morning with a roaring sound in my left ear and felt dizzy and just awful. Rang my GP and as it was a weekend, ended up at the Northern General (Sheffield). I was seen quite quickly and reassured that the symptoms suggested tinitus. I was given some pills to stop the dizziness and this indeed soon went away. I went to see my GP and he also suggested this was the likely issue. I was given some literature to read about the issues and told that basically, there was little that could be done. I'd just have to get used to the ringing sound. I was referred to a specialist and got an appointment within a few weeks. My hearing was thoroughly tested and tinitus was confirmed as the problem, and I left with some literature on how best to manage the symptoms. In all it was a good 'patient' experience and I was given great professional care. Well done NHS!!

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