Microscopy means carrying out a detailed examination of the external canal and ear drum using an operating microscope for magnification. The normal eardrum is only about 1 cm in diameter, so enlarging this by x4 or higher results in more accurate diagnostic information.


Typically the examination chair is reclined so that the patient’s head can be stablised on the headrest to prevent even minor movements, which could cause discomfort. A single-use sterile plastic speculum is introduced into the earhole and the overhead microscope swung into position. It is a painless short procedure.

Self-pay and insured patients are welcome

The Harley Street ENT Clinic has agreed contractual rates with most health insurance companies such as United Healthcare Global, Aviva, Allianz Worldwide Care, Bupa, CIGNA, Simplyhealth, Standard Life (PruHealth), Aetna International and WPA amongst others.

We also deal directly with the insurance companies saving you the trouble of paying first and then reclaiming.

Patients funding their own treatment will be provided with consultation fees and the potential cost of onward treatment at the time of booking their appointment.