Otology/Neuro-otology is a well-defined subspecialty of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) practice that deals with conditions related to the ear and its neural pathways. The conditions include deafness, vertigo and giddiness, facial palsy, tinnitus, ear infections, acoustic neuromas, and skull-base tumours. There have been several recent advances in this field, such as the early detection of hearing loss via universal newborn hearing screening programmes; the treatment of deafness using sophisticated hearing devices or implants; and improved surgical techniques and the introduction of more effective methods for treating vertigo or giddiness. Singapore has well-trained Otologists and Neuro-otologists who effectively adopt management strategies comparable to some of the top centres in the world. Otology/Neuro-otology in Singapore has, however, evolved in a way that commensurates with its own geographical, demographic, socio-economic and political features.
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