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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 Report on Hearing webinar series

World Health Organization presented a webinar focusing on ‘Task sharing for ear and hearing care (EHC) in times of COVID and beyond’ as part of the ongoing World Report on Hearing webinar series. The webinar was conducted in two sessions...

From the editor NovDec 2021

It is such a pleasure to see ever-increasing numbers of meetings going ahead in the coming months – after so much time away from physical gatherings, there seems to be a real hunger for in-person conferences where we can meet up with friends and colleagues.

In conversation with Prof Nirmal Kumar, President of ENT UK: Winners of The Association Excellence Award

At ENT & Audiology News we were delighted to hear that ENT UK have won an award for Best Membership Support during COVID-19. We sent Emma Stapleton to chat with Professor Nirmal Kumar, ENT UK President. Congratulations to ENT UK...

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin

Paediatric Audiologist, Natalie Stephenson, shares her experience working with children and young people, the impact of lockdown and the value of patient-centred care, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Am I glad that I know The Gruffalo off by heart? Yes, I...

Redeployment of audiologists during COVID-19

As the demand on intensive therapy units in the NHS increased, volunteers from the audiology profession stepped in to support colleagues. Here, they share their experiences of caring on the frontline. Redefining normal: from outpatients to the ICU By Emilee...

She’s On Call - @ShesOnCall

Dr Sujana Chandrasekhar and Dr Marina Kurian began a web show, She’s On Call, that had 5000 views on the first day and has had over 15,000 views after three shows. By the end of March 2020 Emergency departments and, soon, entire hospitals were overwhelmed with very sick COVID-19 patients.

Singing and COVID-19 – research on aerosols and singing

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, clusters of disease occurred in choirs. This led to an assumption that singing was inherently ‘dangerous’ and governments around the world rapidly banned singing. The ban was then extended to...

Prof Quraishi OBE awarded Fellowship ad hominem FRCSEd

At a presentation ceremony on Friday 3 September, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd), Prof Michael Griffin OBE, welcomed the members of the Council, fresh diplomates, their families and other guests. This was the first conferring...

59th Annual Meeting of Japanese Rhinologic Society

Hironobu Nishijima, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan. The 59th Annual Meeting of Japanese Rhinologic Society was held in Tokyo in early October. Tokyo is the city with the highest number of...

Winter Meeting of the Midland Institute of Otorhinolaryngology

By Edwin Halliday, ST6 Otolaryngology, Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Winter Meeting of the Midland Institute of Otorhinolaryngology (MIO) took place over Zoom on 15 January 2021. The meeting, normally held biannually, had been cancelled in the summer due to the...

BSA Annual Conference 2021

The BSA returned this year with a face-to-face conference named ‘Innovation through Adversity’. The conference was well organised and covered a variety of subjects relating to current research, service development, new technology and the impact of COVID-19 on those with...