Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases

HUH Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases is one of the largest European centres for ear, nose and throat diseases operating in one building. It receives almost 25,000 new referrals every year; 80,000 patients attend examinations and treatment, and 6,500 patients are operated at the outpatient clinics every year. 76% of operations are carried out in ambulatory surgery. The number is high by international standards and also significant at the national level. 
 
Patients requiring demanding care on the inpatient ward or requiring surgery and rehabilitation have been centralised to the Eye and Ear Hospital on the Meilahti campus. The hospital is also in charge of demanding treatment for ear, nose and throat diseases in its special responsibility area. In addition to HUH, the hospitals of Hyvinkää, Lohja, Länsi-Uusimaa and Porvoo also provide treatment for ear, nose and throat diseases within the HUS area. 
 
Infections due to different reasons still form a significant part of the variety of diseases belonging to the speciality of ear, nose and throat diseases. Infections and inflammations of the upper respiratory tract (middle ear, paranasal sinuses and pharynx) account for about half of all patient contacts. Persons with age-related hearing loss form the largest group in hearing rehabilitation. However, in a university hospital, the emphasis of work is on treating hearing impairments of people of working age and children. Likewise, tumours in the paranasal sinuses, base of skull and neck as well as reconstructive and rehabilitating ear surgery are part of the university hospital’s branch of medicine. In addition, a phoniatry outpatient clinic and a day centre specialising in phoniatrics operate at HUH. They treat children’s speech and language disorders as well as voice problems in adults.