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The cochlear implant clinic multidisciplinary team meeting

The world’s first cochlear implant clinic was in Melbourne, where multichannel devices were designed by Graeme Clark at the beginning of the cochlear implant era. We are fortunate to hear from Claire Iseli and Rob Briggs, surgeon members of this...

ESPO (European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology) Congress 2021

On 6-9 November 2021 Professor Jean-Michel Triglia welcomed us virtually to Marseille for the biggest biennial European event for paediatric otolaryngologists, ESPO 2021. The scientific programme covered a broad spectrum across the subspecialty and was divided into morning Instructional Courses,...

How good ideas become great products: in conversation with three medical innovators

Ever had a great idea for an innovation that would significantly improve your practice, but wondered how to go about developing it? Lucy Dalton interviewed three consultant ENT surgeons-come-successful innovators (one international, one novice and one experienced) who explain what...

Making audiology work during COVID-19 and beyond

‘New normal’ is another phrase that has become synonymous with this pandemic. In this article, consideration for ‘low-touch’ and ‘no touch’ audiological pathways are described for adoption as the ‘new normal’ for hearing healthcare. The COVID-19 crisis has ushered in...

BACO International 2021

BACO 2021 – The first virtual experience Edited by Sheneen Meghji, ENT ST7 registrar, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. With nearly 500 recordings submitted to BACO and more than 300 speakers and presenters, BACO 2021 was one of the biggest...

BSO Juniors Free Papers Meeting

The British Society of Otology (BSO) Juniors hosted their free papers meeting, allowing registrars, junior doctors, and medical students to present the otology-themed projects they have undertaken. The meeting was well attended and featured 12 research presentations and talks including...

BOARS Spring Meeting 2021

Report by Rohma Abrar, Academic FY2 Doctor in ENT, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK. This year’s virtual BOARS Spring Meeting not only showcased academic talent in ENT from junior and senior academics across the UK, but also hosted...

The astronomer’s nose: Tycho Brahe’s controversial prosthesis

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) is a familiar and colourful figure in the history of science. The immense quantity of data he collected during his lifetime would enable the work of Johannes Kepler and has gained him admission to the astronomical pantheon....

Running a post-COVID smell clinic

Over the past year, much of our effort as a speciality has been directed towards crisis management and keeping services afloat. Our practice has changed in untold ways, but unprecedented numbers of patients with smell disorders will increasingly require our...

Why and what should hearing care professionals know about cognitive impairment and dementia

Good reasons to care about cognitive impairment and dementia in audiology If asking people what they fear most when getting to old age, it is cognitive decline that is named most often. This comes with the expectation of limitations in...

Cognition and hearing – you can’t test one with the other!

Cognitive Psychologist, Boaz M Ben-David, provides insights into the import of considering cognitive factors when assessing speech perception ability to maximise intervention success. Failing to do so, he suggests, is “ageist”, a predisposition healthcare professionals must avoid. Cognitive performance is...

Machine learning and the future of otolaryngology

If you are over 30 years of age, you have witnessed a technology revolution that has grossly affected how we live: computers have come from being an oddity to an everyday feature in our households and places of work; the...