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Rates of tonsillitis increase as rates of tonsillectomy reduce

This retrospective study sought to determine the effect of reduced rates of tonsillectomy in England and Wales, over a 13-year period, on rate of hospital admissions for the complications of acute tonsil infection (acute tonsillitis and quinsy), and hospital bed-day...

Doing it for yourself: self-management in speech and language therapy

People with stroke aphasia are traditionally discharged from speech and language therapy when they have plateaued; meaning they are making no further progress in language recovery. This service model has been problematic, leading to people being discharged when they are...

ISOM 2019: 20th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media

Report by: Harvey Coates, Paediatric Otolaryngologist and Clinical Professor; Consultant ENT Surgeon. The 20th biennial meeting of the International Society for Otitis Media (ISOM) on Recent Advances in Otitis Media was held from 9-13 June, at Loew’s Hotel in Hollywood,...

Do it like a techy: telepractice in SLT for people with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurological condition in Australia, and communication difficulties are reported by 90% of people with the condition. Unfortunately, not all people with PD have access to speech and language therapy services due to...

Telepractice for the delivery of paediatric feeding services

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, telepractice is being heralded as the safest service delivery mode for the majority of outpatient consultations. Patients are reviewed by their healthcare specialist through video consultations, thus avoiding the need for patients to leave their...

6th National Otitis Media Conference - OMOZ 2021

OMOZ, or Otitis Media Australia, was held as an entirely virtual conference with all presenters not physically in the room, though a ‘watch party’ to allow local delegates to come together, yarn and watch the conference on the big screen...

Help or hinder: how and why do SLTs make clinical decisions around swallowing?

Dysphagia is a relatively common consequence of stroke, with estimates between 50% and 60% of people presenting with swallowing dysfunction following stroke. It is associated with pneumonia, malnutrition and dehydration which in turn lead to increased length of hospital admission,...

How long is too long? Waiting times for speech and language therapy

Waiting lists are a reality of clinical practice, and many health and social care professionals become used to having to cope with this. The authors of this paper addressed this issue by examining written submissions to the 2014 Senate Inquiry...

Risky behaviour: do care homes follow dysphagia recommendations?

A huge proportion of elderly people living in residential care homes will develop dysphagia. In Australia this is estimated at close to two thirds of all residents. It is the role of the speech and language therapist to make recommendations...

From the editor JanFeb 2021

Declan Costello, MA, MBBS, FRCS(ORL-HNS), Editor, ENT & Audiology News; Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK. E: d.costello@nhs.net The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most traumatic ever seen...

Across the pond: a tale of two fellowships

Where in the world is Halifax? Many outside of Canada have never heard of the Maritime Canadian town of Halifax. Before leaving to start a year-long fellowship there, we both had to answer many questions from family and friends about...

Global Ambassadors - Audiology

ENT & Audiology News would like to introduce our Audiology Global Ambassadors. Each member, a world leader in their field, will be the eyes and ears of the magazine around the globe, providing regular news and updates on the latest developments in their respective regions. If you would like to share news from you region, please do get in touch the member in your area.