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Audiology in this issue... The Changing World of Computational Audiology

Deborah Vickers, PhD, Principal Research Fellow in Hearing & Deafness, University of Cambridge, UK. E: dav1000@cam.ac.ukTwitter: @SOUNDLabCam / @DebiVickers_ / @BEARS_CIwww-neurosciences.medschl.cam.ac.uk/sound-lab/ Lorenzo Picinali, Reader in Audio Experience Design, Imperial College London, UK. E: l.picinali@imperial.ac.uk ENT & Audiology News Jan/Feb 2022...

Vestibular dysfunction after cochlear implantation in children

Whilst vestibular dysfunction is a known outcome of cochlear implant surgery, do we know the risk factors associated with this, particularly in children? In this article a team from University of Tokyo discuss their findings. Cochlear implantation (CI) is an...

Globe trotter: Vasant Oswal launches memoir

Vasant Oswal was brought up in an era when public transport in India relied on horses. From humble beginnings in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, he went on to become a pioneer in laser surgery in the larynx. He would also receive a Fellowship by Election at the Royal College of Surgeons, not to mention serving as Editor in Chief of ENT and Audiology News.

Measuring the pitch and loudness of tinnitus

Matching the characteristics of tinnitus Many researchers and clinicians have explored the subjective nature of tinnitus by asking people with tinnitus to adjust a sound so that it matches their tinnitus in some way. This can be useful both for...

Nottingham hearing experts launch CHEAR (COVID and hearing) study

Researchers based in Nottingham are launching an in-depth and ongoing study into the possible effects of COVID-19 on patients’ hearing, tinnitus and balance. The CHEAR (COVID and hearing, otherwise known as ‘Measuring Hearing, Tinnitus and Balance following COVID-19’) Study will...

Lenire®, the tinnitus treatment device, now available in Norway

Neuromod Devices Ltd., has reached an agreement with HØR AS, Norway’s largest private provider of hearing and tinnitus care, to make its Lenire tinnitus treatment device available in Norway.

Neuromod publishes results of second large-scale clinical trial for tinnitus, shows greater improvement of symptoms

Neuromod Devices, the medical device company specialising in tinnitus, has published the results of its TENT-A2 (Treatment Evaluation of Neuromodulation for Tinnitus – Stage A2) clinical trial in the scientific journal, Nature – Scientific Reports in a paper titled ‘Different bimodal neuromodulation settings reduce tinnitus symptoms in a large randomized trial’.

Subtypes of vestibular migraine

The authors argue that the current Barany criteria (ICVD) for vestibular migraine (definite and probable – dVM and pVM) are too restrictive. For instance, whereas a category of chronic migraine with or without aura is recognised in ICHD-3, ‘chronic VM’...

Nasopharyngeal versus nasal swabs for COVID-19

This systematic review from Austria compares nasopharyngeal swab (NPS) and PCR test to nasal swabs from the other nasal areas with PCR. After finding 425 articles, using PRISMA guidelines 18 were deemed suitable for comparison. Anterior nasal swabs (ANS) and...

COVID-19 in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps. Are they at risk?

COVID-19 entry factors are highly present in nasal epithelial cells. These factors include ACE2 and TMPRSS2. Their presence in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) was not investigated before. Authors investigated expression of ACE2 and TMPRSS2 in two...

Nasal function in COVID-19 patients

This Turkish prospective study compared SNOT-22 outcomes as well as objective assessments of nasal secretion and clearance in 40 patients who tested positive on COVID-19 antigen PCR testing and 40 patients who tested negative. Sinonasal findings were assessed using a...

Persistent symptoms of smell loss after COVID-19 infection

Anosmia as a result of COVID-19 infection is well recognised. This timely and topical French paper looks at 115 patients with proven SARS-CoV-2 infection, who were contacted with specific questions about olfactory and gustatory disturbance. They found 81% of patients...