New Consensus Statement on Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube
The AAO–HNS has published a set of clinical statements on the indications for and appropriate use of balloon dilation of the Eustachian tube. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - July 8, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Practice Focus balloon dilation clinical consensus statement obstructive eustachian tube dysfunction OETD Source Type: research

Timothy Smith Appointed Editor-In-Chief of IFAR
In May 2020, Timothy L. Smith, MD, MPH, will succeed David W. Kennedy, MD as editor-in-chief of the journal The International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology (IFAR). Published by Wiley and launched in 2011, IFAR is the official publication of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Smith brings extensive […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - June 21, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Source Type: research

What Otolaryngologists Need to Know About OTC Hearing Aids
There is reasonable concern that patients with severe hearing loss may obtain minimal benefit from OTC hearing aids and not seek a higher level of hearing rehabilitation. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - June 21, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Kevin Contrera, MD, MPH, Aaron Moberly, MD, and Seilesh Babu, MD Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Practice Focus Hearing aids hearing loss Source Type: research

Gender Differences and Work –Life Integration among Head and Neck Surgeons
Fewer female otolaryngologists are lacking in senior academic positions and more remain unmarried with fewer children when compared with their male counterparts. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - May 16, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives career work life balance Source Type: research

Professional Voice Care May Reduce Vocal Disorders in Children
The vocal training and regular examinations by otolaryngologists that children who sing in choirs receive may pay off beyond voice training to benefit their overall vocal health. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - May 7, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Laryngology Online Exclusives Pediatric Practice Focus pediatrics voice disorders voice therapy Source Type: research

Air Pollution May Contribute to OSA
New data show that air pollution may contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - March 21, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives Practice Focus Sleep Medicine Obstructive sleep apnea OSA pollution Source Type: research

Laryngectomy Outcomes Better At High-Volume Hospitals
Findings from a recently published study of patients with larynx cancer show reduced odds of postoperative complications in patients who underwent laryngectomies in hospitals that performed more than six laryngectomies per year. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - March 1, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Laryngology Online Exclusives Practice Focus laryngectomy outcomes Source Type: research

Survey: Otolaryngologists Less Burned Out than Other Physicians
Otolaryngologists may be doing considerably better than their peers in other specialties when it comes to physician burnout. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - February 15, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Amy E. Hamaker Tags: Online Exclusives physician burnout physician wellness Source Type: research

Electrical Stimulation in the Nose Induces Sense of Smell
Physicians at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have induced a sense of smell in humans by using electrodes in the nose to stimulate nerves in the olfactory bulb. The researchers say that their efforts, published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, provide a proof of concept for efforts to develop implant technology to return […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - February 1, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Practice Focus Rhinology olfactory bulb olfactory disorders Source Type: research

Functional Nasal Surgery Relieves Chronic Headache in Some Patients
The use of nasal surgery to relieve obstructed breathing is a viable treatment option in appropriately selected patients with chronic headache. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 15, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Practice Focus Rhinology endoscopic sinus surgery Source Type: research

Pain May Help ID Patients Who Would Benefit from Neck Dissection
A new study from researchers at New York University in New York City found that oral cancer pain level at the primary site may help physicians identify which patients with occult metastases will benefit from neck dissection.  The investigators, led by senior author Donna Albertson, MD, presented their results in a poster on September 13 […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: ENT Admin Tags: Online Exclusives Source Type: research

High-Pressure Oxygen Therapy May Be Beneficial in Treating Sudden Hearing Loss    
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) improves hearing recovery in patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), according to new research recently published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Published online ahead of print September 27, 2018. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2133).  The authors, led by Tae-Min Rhee, MD, from the National Maritime Medical Center in Changwon, South Korea, said that, according […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: ENT Admin Tags: Online Exclusives Source Type: research

Opioid Deaths in Patients with Cancer 10 Times Lower than in General Population
New study explores risks associated with opioid use among patients with cancer. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - October 17, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives cancer opioid abuse opioids Source Type: research

New Technique Uses Umbilical Cord Stem Cells for Early Cleft Palate Repair
A technique using umbilical cord blood stem cells could be a promising new approach for repair of cleft palate in infants (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - October 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Online Exclusives Practice Focus cleft palate stem cells Source Type: research

Study: Surgery, Radiation Therapy Equally Effective in Treating OPSCC
A new study from researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found no major long-term differences in the effectiveness of radiation therapy versus surgery in treating oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). Given these results, investigators suggest quality-of-life factors should help inform a treatment decision. The findings compared the effectiveness of definitive […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - September 25, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Head and Neck Online Exclusives Practice Focus OPSCC oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma radiation radiotherapy Source Type: research

Senior Surgeon Reflects on Career in Otolaryngology
It is important for older surgeons to be constantly stimulated through a variety of experiences, and to seek broad knowledge in diverse subjects that can inform us as citizens of the world. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - August 17, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, D Bioethics Tags: Departments Online Exclusives Viewpoint aging career Ethics Source Type: research

Insufficient Sleep May Play Significant Role in Development of Alzheimer ’s
Early intervention to treat sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea may help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - July 19, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Practice Focus Sleep Medicine alzheimer's disease Source Type: research

Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy Tied to Higher Risks of Respiratory, Allergic, Infectious Diseases
Researchers of a new study looked at the long-term health risks associated with removing tonsils and adenoids in children, and found that these procedures were associated with increased long-term risk of respiratory, infectious, and allergic disease (JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online June 7, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0614). The investigators analyzed data on nearly 1.2 million […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - June 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Laryngology Online Exclusives Pediatric Practice Focus adenoidectomy Infectious Diseases tonsillectomy Source Type: research

New Shingles Vaccine More Effective and Longer Lasting Than Older Vaccine
A new vaccine for shingles is now recommended for adults aged 50 and older. Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Shingrix in October 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued its recommendation for Shingrix as the preferred vaccine for shingles over the 2006 approved shingles vaccine Zostavax (MMWR Morb […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - May 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives shingles vaccine Source Type: research

FDA Warns about Cross-Contamination Risk From 24-Hour Multi-Patient Use Endoscope Connectors
The FDA is alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with certain connectors that are used in gastrointestinal endoscopy. Endoscope connectors that are labeled for use with multiple patients over the course of 24 hours without reprocessing are known as 24-hour multi-patient use endoscope connectors. To date, the FDA has not received […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - April 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives endoscope Source Type: research

Academy Releases Updated Guideline for Managing Hoarseness
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has released updated guidelines on dysphonia management. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - March 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Laryngology Online Exclusives Practice Focus Dysphonia guidelines Hoarseness Source Type: research

Off-Label Cochlear Implantation Common
A new study concludes that cochlear implantation is commonly performed for indications beyond those included in FDA-approved labeling (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - March 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Cheryl Alkon Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Practice Focus cochlear impantation FDA Source Type: research

Listen: Myles Pensak On Physician Leadership, Society Membership
Listen to Triological Society Executive Vice President Myles Pensak, MD, discuss physician leadership, the value of society membership, networking, and … golf. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - February 13, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Audio Online Exclusives career leadership skills networking physician leadership Source Type: research

The Tax Bill ’s Implications for Healthcare
On December 20, 2017, Congress passed a massive tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that will impact nearly every individual and business in America. While the bill makes sweeping revisions to existing tax provisions, it will also largely impact the health industry. Individual Mandate Repealed The bill repeals the individual mandate established in […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - February 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Steven M. Harris, Esq. Tags: Online Exclusives legislation policy Source Type: research

Survivors of Head and Neck Cancers Experience Long-Lasting Cognitive Deficits
Survivors of head and neck cancers are at risk for delayed neurocognitive deficits for at least two years following radiotherapy or chemotherapy (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 15, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Head and Neck Online Exclusives Practice Focus cancer survivors head and neck cancer neurocognitive deficits outcomes Source Type: research

ABOto Executive Director Talks Leadership, Physician Wellness
Brian Nussenbaum, MD, has assumed the role of executive director of the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto), replacing Robert H. Miller, MD. Previously, Dr. Nussenbaum served as division chief of head and neck surgical oncology at Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. ENTtoday physician editor Alex Chiu, MD, sat down with Dr. Nussenbaum to […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 9, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives ABOto certification physician leadership wellness Source Type: research

CVS –Aetna Merger May Reshape Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.
The Aetna and CVS merger opens the door to transforming how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 5, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives healthcare delivery Trends Source Type: research

Considerable Gaps between Self-Reported Hearing Loss and Receiving Evaluation, Treatment
Despite the high prevalence of hearing loss in the United States, researchers of a new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery found substantial gaps in specialist referral patterns and the use of amplification options, including hearing aids and cochlear implants (CIs). The researchers, led by Hossein Mahboubi, MD, MPH, a resident in the […] (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - December 19, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Practice Focus Hearing aids hearing loss Source Type: research

FDA Warning Slows, but Does Not Stop, Codeine Prescribing in Children after Tonsillectomy
One in 20 children are prescribed codeine after undergoing tonsillectomy despite FDA black box warning regarding safety and efficacy issues associated with prescribing the opioid to children after these surgeries. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - December 1, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Samara Kuehne Tags: Online Exclusives Pediatric Practice Focus adenotonsillectomy opioids pediatrics Source Type: research

Global Rates of Pediatric Hearing Loss Higher Than Thought
Despite advances in screening and treatment, many children are not receiving the benefits of early hearing detection and intervention (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 16, 2017 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Nikki Keane Tags: Online Exclusives audiology hearing loss pediatrics Source Type: research

Oral Rinse Samples of HPV DNA May Identify Recurrence Risk
For patients diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer, detection of HPV DNA in oral rinse samples after diagnosis may provide a useful biomarker to identify patients at increased risk of recurrence after treatment (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - February 17, 2016 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Head and Neck Online Exclusives Practice Focus HPV oropharyngeal cancer Source Type: research

Engineered Vocal Fold Tissue May Treat Patients with Vocal Cord Damage
Replacing damaged vocal cord tissue with implanted new tissue engineered from vocal fold mucosa that is similar biologically and physiologically to that of native human tissue may one day offer a new surgical approach to restoring the voice in people with severe vocal cord damage (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 20, 2016 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Laryngology Online Exclusives Practice Focus vocal cord damage Source Type: research

New Non-Antibiotic Treatment Shows Promise Against S. Aureus
Novel non-antibiotic treatment approach for chronic and nosocomial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus shows promise in offering a way to combat these infections (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - January 8, 2016 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives infection Source Type: research

Computer Program May Predict Outcomes of Cochlear Implants in Children
A new computer program may be able to predict which children with hearing loss treated with cochlear implants will develop effective language skills after implantation. (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - December 16, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Pediatric Practice Focus cochlear implant technology Source Type: research

Bypassing the Blood Brain Barrier Through the Nose
Mucosal grafting of arachnoid defects—commonly used for endoscopic skull base reconstruction—may represent a novel method to permanently bypass the blood-brain barrier for drug delivery (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - December 10, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives pharmaceuticals transmucosal Source Type: research

Patient Navigators Promote Timely, Efficient Care for Patients with Head and Neck Cancers
When researchers used a patient navigation model in which all patients met with a nurse who coordinated their care, patients with head and neck cancer received definitive treatment recommendations within two weeks of presentation (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 18, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Head and Neck Online Exclusives Practice Focus cancer patient navigator Source Type: research

Sleep Improves after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in Patients With or Without OSA
Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and comorbid obstructive sleep apnea see substantial improvements in quality of life following sinus surgery (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 18, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives Practice Focus Rhinology Sleep Medicine chronic rhinosinusitis CRS endoscopic sinus surgery OSA Source Type: research

Pain Management a Neglected Outcome Following Mandibular Trauma
Patients who undergo mandibular fracture experience a significant amount of pain following surgery, but pain management protocols remain unclear (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - November 2, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Head and Neck Online Exclusives Practice Focus mandibular fracture pain Source Type: research

Music Effective for Post-Operative Recovery
Patients who listen to any form of music before, during, or after surgery experienced reduced anxiety and less pain post-operatively (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - October 15, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives post-operative surgery Source Type: research

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation May Treat Tinnitus
Repetitive transcranial magnetic pulses may improve symptoms of tinnitus (Source: ENT Today)
Source: ENT Today - October 15, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Mary Beth Nierengarten Tags: Online Exclusives Otology/Neurotology Practice Focus tinnitus Source Type: research