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Nature or nurture in surgical training

It’s Thursday in the UK, so that means time for another root and branch reform of medical training. If you’re not keen on the Greenaway Report (Shape of Training review) [1], don’t fret there’ll be another one along well before...

The art and science of acoustic ecology

Aki Pasoulas summarises the diverse forms and approaches of the relatively new and expanding area of acoustic ecology, a discipline that studies the relationship between living beings and their sonic environment. Sound Ecology emerged in the late 1960s through the...

The ear-brain connection in cochlear implant users: learning to listen again

While the cochlear implant (CI) has been a tremendous success in restoring hearing to deaf individuals, the implantation outcome still varies across CI users [1]. Some demographic factors, such as duration of deafness, and peripheral factors, such as electrode placement,...

Industry update: rechargeable hearing aid batteries

They may be similar in size to a watch battery, but there is a drastic difference between the frequency with which hearing aid batteries need to be changed compared to the simple watch battery. Unlike a watch battery, which may...

SoundPrint: an app for finding quieter restaurants

"Is there any chance the music could be turned down a bit”, I asked our server politely on a rare evening out with my husband. We had spent the previous half-hour shouting at each other, only to have the other...

Noise monitoring on a smartphone

“The smartphone has more computing power than was used to put the first man on the moon.” Robert Eikelboom discusses the potential of the smartphone as an effective noise monitoring device. Noise exposure and public health Excessive exposure to noise...

PEVoC14

The Pan-European Voice Conference is a multi-disciplinary event for professionals working with the human voice held every second year. PEVoC14 was postponed for one year as the regularity of conferences was attacked by COVID-19. Participants including voice scientists, physicians, speech-language...

BAPO 2021

The BAPO Annual Meeting was held in the Bramall Music Hall at the University of Birmingham. It was run as a hybrid event, with attendees taking part both in person and virtually. For many, this was the first face-to-face conference...

From the editor SepOct 2021

As the pandemic evolves, the world seems to be divided into those countries that are fortunate enough to have good vaccine coverage and, hence, are able to open up their societies; and those who do not have an adequate vaccine roll-out and are having to live with significant restrictions or high levels of prevalent disease.

World Health Organisation Launch hearWHO App

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year. The 2019 theme was ‘Check Your Hearing!’. To go along with this year’s theme, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the hearWHO app. The aim of the app is to...

World Hearing Day 2022: WHO launch webinar goes online

The World Health Organisation (WHO) took the opportunity of World Hearing Day on 2 March to announce three hearing-loss initiatives. As well as establishing a global standard for safe listening entertainment venues, it published a related handbook for implementation of safe listening and released a media brief for journalists.

OBITUARY: Peter Rhys Evans (1948–2022)

On 3 June 2022, we lost a widely recognised and respected ENT/head and neck surgeon, Mr Peter Rhys Evans.