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Middle ear muscle disorders: presentation, diagnosis and management

Patients often report symptoms relating to disorders of the middle ear muscles. Prof Bance gives us an overview of the anatomy and function, as well as guides our diagnosis and management. The middle ear muscles (MEMs) are a mystery, both...

Identifying CN IX and X using endotracheal tube electrodes

This clinical study describes the possible usefulness of endotracheal tube electrodes in monitoring vocal cord function during cerebellopontine angle surgery in 20 patients. Lower cranial nerves, especially IX and X are at risk of injury during skull base surgery although...

Long-term results of injection laryngoplasty with polydimethylsiloxane (Vox) for unilateral vocal fold paralysis

Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is widely used for vocal cord injections to treat patients with a vocal cord palsy. It is commercially available as the Vox implant system. Alternative compounds that can be employed include hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse Voice)....

Choosing our tools: assessing language in dementia

Language led dementia, also known as primary progressive aphasia (PPA), is an emerging area of practice in speech and language therapy. Given that the diagnosis centres around the key diagnostic feature of language, whereby language impairment is the most prominent...

Soluvos Medical: international distributor specialised in high-quality ENT products

Soluvos Medical is an international distributor specialised in high-quality ENT products for laryngology, airway management, otology and rhinology. Its focus is on innovative ENT treatments to reduce pain and recovery time for the patient and improve quality of life.

EUHA has voted: Beate Gromke is its new President

On 17 October 2018, the General Assembly of the European Union of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) elected the Executive Committee of EUHA for the next three years. EUHA members have voted Beate Gromke President of EUHA. Eva Keil-Becker will be...

NASBS (North American Skull Base Society) 29th Annual Meeting

Report By: Gauri Mankekar, OLOL Hearing and Balance Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA The 29th Annual North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) Meeting was organised by President James Evans with co-chairs, Amir Dehdashti and Adam Zanation. Delegates consisted of neurosurgeons,...

Strategies to improve early development of vocabulary post-cochlear implantation

Cochlear Implantation (CI) is now the standard of care for rehabilitation of children with bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. It improves the children’s linguistic input and helps them to develop language. The literature published so far has shown...

The seven ages of BACO

Chris Potter is a man whose prose style needs no introduction. Here, he gives us a poetic discourse on the different generations of attendees at BACO. Alfred, Lord Tennyson has washed his hair and can’t do anything with it. It’s...

The Matthew Yung & Chris Raine Otology Travelling Fellowship to Boston

Report by: Attila Dezso, Consultant Otologist ENT Surgeon A two-week observership was offered to visit Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Massachusetts Ear and Eye Infirmary (MEEI), with one week in each institution under the supervision of Professor Dennis Poe and...

In conversation with Simone Botha Welgemoed, dancer and model

In this article, Simone Botha Welgemoed shares deep insights on what it is like to have a profound hearing loss and cochlear implant as a professional ballet dancer and model, and the challenges she faced from childhood to get to...

Migration adventures

One of the most inspiring stories in this issue comes from our very own Shahed Quraishi, OBE. His first mentor in the UK, Pat Bradley, spoke with him about his fascinating journey. Professor M Shahed Quraishi, OBE. Shahed, by way...