Mr Pringle is an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon based in Portsmouth.
Mr Pringle qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School, London in 1983. He then gained experience in ENT and the related specialities of neurosurgery, plastic surgery and general surgery gaining the General Surgical Fellowship in 1988, before embarking on ENT training in 1989. He trained at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London and also in Bristol and Exeter, after which he undertook a year's Fellowship in Melbourne working in the department of Professor Graeme Clarke, inventor of the Nucleus Cochlear Implant. In 1997 Mr Pringle was appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and Consultant Otologist (ear specialist) to the University of Southampton Auditory Implants Service (USAIS).
Mr Pringle has experience in treating all common adult and paediatric ENT conditions, such as rhinitis, nasal obstruction, tonsillitis and glue ear.
Mr Pringle's special interest is in ear problems. He is now the senior cochlear implant surgeon at USAIS and has performed over 400 cochlear implants on patients from 7 months old to 90 years old. Mr Pringle has performed many innovative hearing operations, including one of the first Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implants in the UK in 2003; the first Neurelec binaural Cochlear Implant in the UK in 2010, allowing deaf adults to hear in both ears and the first totally impantable hearing device surgery in the UK. Mr Pringle also performs regular middle ear reconstructive surgery such as stapedectomy (treatment for otosclerosis), ossiculoplasty (repairing the hearing bones) and myringoplasty (closing a hole in the ear drum).
For patients who are unable to use hearing aids there are many surgical solutions which Mr Pringle provides:
- Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
- Bone bridge
- Sophono bone conduction device
- Sound bridge middle ear implant
Mr Pringle has performed over 1500 major ear operations. He has extensive experience in the surgical management of cholestatoma in adults and children, using a technique which maintains a normal ear canal and he provides a service for the surgical treatment of Menière's disease using Transtympanic Gentamicin or endolymphatic sac surgery.
Mr Pringle was Clinical Director of the ENT Department of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth for four years. He is now the Educational Supervisor for the ENT trainee surgeons and he runs an annual temporal bone course. He regularly attends international conferences to keep up to date with the latest developments and innovations in ear, nose and throat treatments.