“Sound Shirt” – An innovation for “deaf” people to “feel music”

The Junge Symphoniker Hamburg orchestra, Germany in association with CuteCircuit wearable tech company has brought an innovative and revolutionary new gadget for the hearing impaired people, which will allow the deaf to feel the music – “The Sound Shirt” How does Sound Shirt work? This wearable garment will convert sound energy into micro-vibrations which can be felt

Fully Implantable Cochlear Implant (FICI) with Piezoelectric Middle-Ear Sensor

Cochlear Implant (CI) is a prosthetic electronic device which replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. CI provides direct electrical stimulation to the auditory (hearing) nerve in the inner ear bypassing the damaged hair cells. They are used in patients (both adults and children) with sensory neural hearing loss who are not benefited by

Recent updates in guidelines for treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

The 2017 Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (JTFPP) comprising representatives from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has provided an update to their 2008 guidelines for treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) in adolescents and adults. The updated guidelines

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

Cochlear Implantation in Incomplete Partition type III

Incomplete Partition type III (IP-III) or most widely known as X linked deafness is an inner ear anomaly associated with congenital mixed hearing loss, fixation of stapes footplate and perilymph gusher during stapes or cochlear implant surgery. Phippard addressed this anomaly as pseudo-Mondini stage II and described as partial hypoplasia of the cochlea, stapes fixation, dilated internal

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a life-threatening acute bacterial infectious condition caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The usual site of infection is the tonsils and oropharynx, but the disease can occur in nasal cavities, larynx or the skin also. History The disease was first described in the 5th century BC by Hippocrates and the bacterium was discovered by Edwin Klebs in

Cochlear ear kiss injury – kissing a baby can make them go deaf

The answer is a Big Yes – you read it right! Kissing on the ear can make the baby or adult permanent deaf! This condition is known as “Cochlear ear kiss injury.” “Cochlear ear kiss injury” / “Kiss of Deaf” or “Reiter’s Ear Kiss Syndrome (REKS)” came into attention, when Dr. Levi Reiter, professor, and head of

Treatment of allergic rhinitis in pregnancy

Allergic rhinitis (AR) affects 20-30% of women in the childbearing age group with an annually increasing prevalence. The classical clinical symptoms include sneezing, itching, nasal blockage, and nasal discharge. In patients who had allergic rhinitis before, the symptoms may worsen, improve or remain the same during pregnancy.  

Empty nose syndrome

Empty nose syndrome (ENS) is a controversial clinical entity with no consensual definition. It is thought to be a postsurgical, iatrogenic (physician caused) phenomenon secondary to loss of nasal turbinate tissue. The condition was first described by Kerin & Moore in 1994. The exact incidence of this condition is unknown. Houser et al in their study

Challenging diagnostic nasal imaging

A 5-year-old male child presented with a history of recurrent sore throat, fever, mouth breathing for the past 3 years. The parents also gives history of sleep-disordered breathing including witnessed apneic episodes. History of nocturnal enuresis also present. On examination Adenoid facies present. Mouth breathing present. Oral cavity: Crowded tooth Oropharynx: Grade III tonsils Anterior