NICE guidelines for Cochlear implantation in children and adults

According to the definition by American Academy of Family Physicians, Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a non-departmental public body in England, that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. On 7th March 2019, […]

WHO launches “hearWHO” app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss

To mark the World Hearing Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched “hearWHO“, a free application for smart mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. Over 5% of the world’s population i.e around 466 million people – have disabling hearing loss (432 million […]

Prestin and Otolin 1 – early biomarkers of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is defined as reduction in auditory acuity (hearing ability) associated with long term exposure to loud sounds. It is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). There can be two types of hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds. The first one is temporary […]

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss is an early predictor of Cerebrovascular Accidents

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an acute dysfunction of the inner ear that affects men and women approximately equally, with a peak age-related incidence occurring between 50 and 60 years. The condition is defined as a documented hearing loss of 30dB or more in 3 or more sequential frequencies, occurring within a period of 3 […]

Calcific prevertebral tendinitis

Acute calcific prevertebral tendinitis also known as calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis or prevertebral calcific tendinitis is a self limiting clinical condition due to calcification and inflammation of longus colli muscle and tendon. The condition was first described in 1964 by Hartley. Longus colli is a bilateral paired neck flexor muscle, located in the prevertebral area, along with the longus capitis, […]

Seasonal Variations of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is an inner ear disorder characterized by brief attacks of vertigo and associated nystagmus, precipitated by certain changes in head position with respect to gravity due to dislodged otoconia debris within the semicircular canals. It is the most common cause of dizziness in ENT patients, affecting 40% of them and it […]