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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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