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What is Audiovestibular Medicine?

Audiovestibular Medicine (AVM) is a medical speciality under the Royal College of Physicians concerned with the diagnosis and management of hearing, tinnitus and balance (vertigo & dizziness) problems both in adult and paediatric (children) patients.


An Audiovestibular Physician (AVP) is a medical doctor who specialises in Audiovestibular Medicine.


What experience do Audiovestibular physicians have in managing  hearing, tinnitus, dizziness and vertigo?

Hearing & Balance problems is all they do. A  full time consultant sees over 1000 patients a year - A huge amount of experience! They offer expertise in vertigo, tinnitus, hearing & dizziness.


Audiovestibular Physicians spend atleast 5 years training specifically on hearing and balance disorders, in addition to the many years of general medical &/or ENT training.

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Are we ENT?

 NO - Audiovestibular Physicians work closely alongside our ENT Surgical Colleagues to provide high quality integrated care to patients.


Many have had some ENT training in the past but are not surgeons or do not perform any surgical procedures instead solely focussing on hearing and balance disorders and their medical management.

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Are our specialists the same as an audiologist or

Consultant audiologist?

 NO -  Audiovestibular Physicians are  medically trained specialists affliated to the Royal College of Physicians.


Audiologists form an integrated part of our service in providing high quality hearing and vestibular function tests. We pride ourselves in the quality and experience of our audiology colleagues who are a key aspect of your diagnostic pathway.


What is CQC registration


Why is it important?

 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is a public body of the Department of Health and Social Care established to regulate and inspect health and social care services in England.


CQC registration is a marker for standards of care. It is a mandatory requirement of all organisations which provide vestibular care or diagnostics.

Harley Street Audiovestibular Clinic is  fully registered and compliant with all the stringent CQC requirements, ensuring you care is in the best possible hands.