Mr Alex Bennett

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon

MBBS, DLO, FRCS (ORL-HNS), MEd, DIC


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After I qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London I had extensive ear, nose and throat (ENT) training in London and East Anglia, including an Otology Fellowship in Cambridge (2008) and a Balance Fellowship in St Louis (2018). I was appointed an ENT consultant in Edinburgh in 2010.

I was responsible for setting up NHS Lothian’s Specialist Multidisciplinary Balance Service and this experience in vertigo also benefits my private patients.

I am privileged to receive tertiary referrals for complex ear surgery from surgeons throughout Scotland and perform approximately 150 complex ear cases per year. I am the only surgeon in the region performing stapedectomy and middle ear implants.

We pioneered combining hearing implant surgery with ear reconstruction in the UK within the Scottish National Service and I was the first surgeon in the UK to perform the Bonebridge Hearing Implant in 2012 which was featured in a BBC Scotland documentary.

I run International courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to teach ear surgery and balance medicine to other doctors.

Surgical procedures undertaken include: intratympanic therapy, hearing implants, ossiculoplasty, stapedectomy, mastoid surgery, myringoplasty, grommet insertion, septoplasty, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), micro-laryngoscopy, oesophagoscopy, adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Alex Bennett at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Ear surgery
  • Ear infections
  • Cholesteatoma surgery
  • Hearing implants
  • Hearing restoration surgery
  • Ossiculoplasty
  • Stapedectomy

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Balance disorders
Ear, nose and throat
Hearing loss
Neurotology
Otology
Paediatric otolaryngology
Rhinology
Sinus surgery

Special clinical interests: Adult and childhood ear infections; Hearing loss; tinnitus and dizziness.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Council member British Society of Otology

National Deaf Childrens Society

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

British Medical Association

Faculty of surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

ENT UK: British Association of Otolaryngologists Head & Neck Surgeons

Otolaryngology Surgical Specialty Group, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

External Advisor for Scottish Consultant Appointment Committees, Academy of Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland

Research and publications

Hearing implants
Mastoid obliteration
Intra-tympanic therapy for sudden hearing loss and Menieres disease

Current NHS posts

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Otolaryngology, University of Edinburgh

Personal profile

I am married with two children. When not working I enjoy cycling, camping and playing the trombone with the Edinburgh Open Orchestra.

Contact information

Telephone 0131 334 0363