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Collaborating with patients on research priorities in hyperacusis: the James Lind Alliance project

An innovative and inclusive approach to the identification and prioritisation of research questions is to place the views of patients at the heart of the process, and in partnership with clinicians. The application of this to hyperacusis is described by...

MedShr for ENT and audiology: clinical case discussion on the go

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all aspects of our lives – not least medical education. With isolation being the buzzword at the moment, the internet and social media are popular sources for official and crowd-sourced content. In this article, Samantha...

DrawMD ENT

In the era of patient-centred care, one of the greatest challenges for healthcare professionals is communication with patients. Distilling years of medical / graduate school education down to a few minutes of explanation is no easy feat. DrawMD ENT is...

Inpatients versus Outpatient: septoplasty cost analysis in Germany

Although the vast majority of septoplasties in the UK are performed as day surgery procedures, the authors of this article highlight the differences in healthcare in Germany. The authors calculated a yearly cost reduction of 180 million euros if the...

Starkey Hearing Institute - Zambia: Bridging the Hearing Health Access Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

Here, we continue exploring audiology training routes across the world with a focus on bridging the Hearing Health Access Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa. This article is provided by Alfred Mwamba, AuD, who is the Executive Director for the Starkey Hearing...

Live versus e-learning – which is the most effective communication training approach for health care staff?

If staff are unable to communicate with their patients this can impact negatively on the patient’s healthcare. They may be excluded from decisions about their own care and their rights to informed consent may be violated. Conversation partner training has...

We all need to support the human rights of people with communication difficulties

This article starts by reminding us of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations, 1948) of which article 19 stated: ‘‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference...

COVID-19 and medical practice

The pandemic has deeply affected all types of medical and surgical practice and even publications. In this issue, the lead article was on the French consensus on ENT practice during the pandemic. In ENT practice, both patients and health workers...

Safety recommendations for ENT surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic

Physicians and other healthcare workers who perform and participate in examinations and procedures within the head and neck region and airway are at particularly high risk of exposure and infection from aerosol and droplet contamination. Authors have developed recommendations to...

An undergraduate perspective on changes to audiology education

I have completed two years of study and am currently preparing for my final year, which consists of a twenty-five week placement alongside a research project and theoretical modules. It is inevitable that, as a result of the changes made...

In conversation with De Wet Swanepoel, President of the International Society of Audiology

Gareth Smith caught up with the new President of the International Society of Audiology, De Wet Swanepoel, about the aims of the society, the upcoming World Congress of Audiology and the current state of hearing healthcare in Africa. De Wet...

The British Laryngological Association celebrate five-year anniversary

“We’re extremely pleased with the progress the BLA has been able to make over the past five years and look forward to an exciting future working together with friends and colleagues - questioning conventional understanding and encouraging the best in...