Ear injuries are mainly due to a blow to the ear or head, or sudden extreme pressure changes. A blow to the auricle may cause a painful collection of blood under the skin (haematoma). Sudden pressure changes in the ear canal from a blow over the ear or poor syringing technique may rupture the ear drum and disrupt the ossicles. Landing in an aeroplane with Eustachian tube dysfunction and a middle ear effusion may cause severe pain and damage the ear drum. Blowing the nose hard or straining may raise the inner ear pressure and lead to the rupture of delicate membranes causing a perilymph fistula. A head injury with or without a skull fracture may also damage the middle and inner ear structures.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.