Nasal and aural foreign body removal: another technique for a common problem

Trying to remove foreign bodies from the ears and noses of children is something we have all struggled with at various times. Many people have their own top tips, and here Oliver McLaren and Alexander Walkden describe an ingenious way...

Superior semicircular canal dehiscence: transmastoid obliteration

Sometimes patients with dizziness turn out to have slightly more unusual causes of their problem. Thomas Milner and Georgios Kontorinis describe their technique for managing patients who have a diagnosis of superior canal dehiscence as an identified cause of their...

The ‘bus stop’ incision for bone-anchored hearing aid placement: a step-by-step approach to soft tissue preparation

There have been many descriptions of soft tissue preparation in the era when subcutaneous tissue was routinely removed with the Nijmegen technique [1] or with the dermatome [2]. More descriptions continue to evolve with the advent of tissue preservation techniques,...

Partial reconstruction of the pinna

Reconstruction of the pinna is one of the most challenging procedures in facial plastic surgery. Although there has been significant progress since one of the earliest recorded descriptions by Sushruta in 600 BC, the complex three-dimensional structure of the pinna...

A practical approach to tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound without an external source. The estimated prevalence in adults is between 10-15% [1]. In patients with significant tinnitus, prompting them to seek medical attention, 50% will have improved to mild or no tinnitus by...

How to safely image patients with cochlear implants

Cochlear implants have quickly become a widely used aid for hearing-impaired people. As these implants include metal elements, the choice of an appropriate imaging modality for patients carrying such devices should receive special attention. This is important due to image...

Cutting burr otoplasty and conchal setback to correct prominent pinna: a ‘step by step approach’

Prominent ears can cause significant social and psychological effects on an individual. The two most common anatomical defects for a prominent pinna are an underdeveloped anti-helical fold and / or enlarged conchal bowl. In the senior author’s practice over the...