Professor Manohar Bance

Professor Manohar Bance

Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery


"Spire Cambridge Lea allows me to deliver the personalised service that patients deserve."

Specialises in

I have been a subspecialist in diseases and surgery of the ear for 29 years. I have extensive experience in both first and revision surgery in many diseases of the ear, having been a tertiary care (ie referral doctor) for other general ENT doctors working on the ear. I have performed thousands of surgeries on the ear in my career.

Some of the problems I specialise in are surgically treatable diseases causing hearing loss, middle ear hearing loss (middle ear or inner ear) such as otosclerosis, chronic ear disease, discharging mastoid cavities, and perforations of the eardrum.

I also deal with rare conditions such as spasm of the middle ear muscles, which can cause clicking and sounds in the ear, and I’m one of a few doctors in the world experienced in this area.

A particular interest of mine are implantable hearing devices, such as bone conduction hearing devices Baha or implanted bone conduction devices (Bonebridge, Osia), middle ear drivers (vibrant) and especially cochlear implants for profound hearing loss.

The NHS currently will only cover one implant for profound deafness in both ears, but many people will benefit from having two, one on each side. In selected cases, cochlear implants can help people with single sided deafness as well, especially if they have severe tinnitus in the deaf ear as well. I have a long history with cochlear implant surgery.

I also deal extensively with disorders causing vertigo, such as Meniere’s disease or vestibular migraine. I offer surgical treatments for Meniere’s disease such as endolymphatic sac decompression surgery, and or intra-tympanic injections of steroids or gentamicin.

I have been an invited speaker at hundreds of meetings around the world in lecturing on diseases of the ear and have published over 230 academic peer reviewed papers.

I am the Academic Lead at the Emmeline Centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

In addition to my clinical work, I am a Professor at the University of Cambridge, running a laboratory looking at new treatments for hearing and balance loss, including genetic therapies and new kinds of implants.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Manohar Bance at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

Treatment for diseases of the ear and of balance disorders arising from the ear, including medical therapy and surgery for;

  • Chronic diseases of the ear (e.g. cholesteatoma, chronic discharging mastoid cavities)
  • Cochlear implants for severe deafness in both ears (one or two implants) and single sided deafness
  • Hearing reconstruction (repair of eardrum, reconstruction of middle ear bones)
  • Middle ear muscle disorders
  • Sac decompression surgery
  • Surgical electronic implants for bone conduction hearing or middle ear drivers
  • Surgery for Meniere’s disease including sac decompression surgery and intratympanic steroids
  • Vertigo

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Additional information

Balance disorders
Ear, nose and throat
Hearing loss

MB, ChB / University of Manchester / 1985
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Degree given to physicians after completing medical school

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (Board Certified)

Subspeciality Boards in Neurotology in American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Royal Society of Medicine

Past Board Member British Society of Otology

Politzer International Ear Surgery Society

Chair British Cochlear Implant Group

Past President Royal Society of Medicine Section of Otology

Professional leadership

Past Professor and Head, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Scientific Officer, Politzer Society (international ear surgery society)

Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery, University of Cambridge

Honorary Consultant ENT, Addenbrooke's Hospital

I grew up and finished Medical School in the UK, but then went to Canada and finished my specialty training in Toronto, and lived there for over 30 years. I have recently moved back to the UK, and am enjoying cycling around Cambridge, and the beautiful countryside around Cambridge.

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