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From the editor...JanFeb19

Declan Costello, MA, MBBS, FRCS(ORL-HNS),Editor, ENT & Audiology News; Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK Email: d.costello@nhs.net Welcome As we turn the corner from 2018 into 2019, it is interesting to reflect that we...

Audiology in this issue...Current Topics in Tinnitus

Prof David Baguley, PhD, MBA,Professor of Hearing Sciences, NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham; Division of Clinical Neuroscience, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham; Nottingham Audiology Services, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham, UK. Until really quite recently, the...

Laryngeal evaluation during COVID-19 using transcervical ultrasonography

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors highlight their protocol of transcutaneous laryngeal ultrasonography as an alternative to flexible fibreoptic laryngoscopy when appropriate. This is to reduce the risk of aerosolisation posed by laryngoscopy. Ultrasonography is a rapid, non-invasive...

Are we making progress on tinnitus?

One of the aspects of tinnitus that drew me into it becoming a major theme of my clinical and research work was how little work had been done when I began to see patients in the mid 1980s. This struck...

BAA Annual Conference 2021

I’m familiar with the concept of conferences and seminars as a student from my undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy; it’s a very different experience when you’re also an active clinician, with training and opportunities to make waves in research...

Misophonia – a psychological disorder?

Historically, there has been disagreement regarding misophonia classification, with questions surrounding whether it is a psychological or physiological disorder. Dr Jennifer Jo Brout discusses misophonia classification, research, and guidelines for the role of the psychologist. Photo courtesy of Pexels. What...

Audiology in this issue...Autism

Alex Griffiths-Brown, BSc(Hons), MRes, Audiologist, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, Shrewsbury, UK. E: alex.griffiths-brown@nhs.netTwitter: @griffithsbrown1 As audiology professionals, we will work with a wide variety of patients with different priorities, life experiences and challenges. Patients with autism spectrum...

Pain control for patients with chronic pain following surgery

There is an increasing number of patients with a background of chronic pain presenting to the otolaryngologist. Patients with chronic pain require extra consideration in postoperative pain control due to risk of tolerance and dependence. This article summarises postoperative management...

Branchio Oto Renal syndrome

Branchio Oto Renal Syndrome (BOR) is an autosomal dominant disorder with branchial, otologic and renal manifestations. The presence of clinical signs varies among and within affected families. Three causative genes for BOR syndrome have been reported thus far: EYA1, SIX1...

Teenagers with misophonia

Misophonia can be a distressing condition for teenagers and can have devastating effects upon their home and school lives. There is little research in this area and, as Lucy Partridge explains, more is greatly needed in order to identify interventions...

Effects of blast and acoustic trauma: assessment of hearing status on war veterans

Introduction Acoustical conditions of the military are often dangerous and there is a real risk of blast trauma and acoustic trauma [1, 2]. Levels of military noises maybe reach up to 125 dBA [3]. Weapons produce instant shock waves (10μs)...

A comparison of two different audiology roles in Denmark and the United Kingdom

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there are over 360 million people with a disabling hearing loss in the world. Disabling hearing loss is considered to be a loss of greater than 40 decibels (dB) in the better hearing...