UK: Active and Passive Smokers More Likely to Suffer Hearing Loss


Giving up or reducing smoking and avoiding passive exposure to tobacco smoke may reduce an individual’s risk of hearing loss shows a new research shows. Current smokers have a 15.1% higher odds of hearing loss than non-smokers The University of Manchester study, funded by Action on Hearing Loss, Medical Research Council and the National Institute […]

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden hearing loss is a rare but potentially devastating condition which involves an acute unexplained hearing loss of at least 30 decibels (dB) over three audiogram frequencies occurring at a 72-hour period. Many patients present with a sensation of a blocked ear and do not recognise that they have lost hearing. In actuality, the phenomenon […]

The Human Voice


The human larynx is a complex organ. It has a pair of vocal cords with a multi-layered microanatomy that allows its epithelial surface to float and vibrate, producing a mucosal wave essential for voice production over its underlying ligament and muscle. Vocal cord adduction, abduction and tension depend on an intricate muscle pulley system innervated […]

Getting to the Flow of Epistaxis


Epistaxis refers to bleeding from the nose. It may flow either anteriorly (emerging from nostrils) or posteriorly (into nasopharynx and throat), and sometimes labelled respectively. While mostly a benign and self-limiting condition, epistaxis can be very alarming for the patient. The physician should be able to allay fear and reassure the patient, provided he can […]

Anterior Palatoplasty For The Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea


Anterior Palatoplasty For The Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Wanted: Snoring Relief by Dr Kenny Pang Snoring is considered a social nuisance and an objectionable social problem. It is caused by the vibration of the structures in the oral cavity and oropharynx – namely the soft palate, uvula, tonsils, base of tongue, epiglottis and pharyngeal […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Focus


Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in Focus OSA or obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition characterised by repeated blockage in the upper airway during sleep. The condition results in sleep interruption and is associated to various other conditions − increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular events and stroke. Patients suffering from OSA may snore heavily right after […]

Current Understanding and Management of Nasal Polyps


Current Understanding and Management of Nasal Polyps by Dr Ong Yew Kwang A group of disorders characterised by inflammation of the mucosa of the nasal cavity and sinuses, rhinosinusitis is one of the most common and prevalent illnesses throughout the world. It has a significant impact not just on patient symptoms and quality of life […]

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