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The functional Head Impulse Test (fHIT)

Introduction:- This is a new investigation in vestibulometry and a very useful addition to the neurotologist’s diagnostic armamentarium. It evaluates the functional status of the rotational vestibulo-ocular reflex (rVOR) of the six semicircular canals at high...

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Vertigo an overview

 The term vertigo indicates a rotating or a spinning sensation. On a broader perspective it also includes the sensation of imbalance or instability. The symptoms of vertigo and imbalance are referred to in medical parlance as ‘Balance disorders’ and signifies a...

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What is Hearing impairment

Inability to hear properly and distinctly is a major handicap, if not a curse in life. It has multifarious implications and severely impacts the quality of life of all affected individuals. Even a minor hearing loss in one ear has far reaching repercussions. Hearing...

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Vestibular Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy or physical therapy is defined as the treatment of disease, deformity disability by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs i.e., medicines or surgery.  Vestibular physiotherapy is physical therapy that helps...

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Authentication of Neurotological Investigations

One of the most commendable and praiseworthy moves of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been to ensure that all laboratory investigations are supervised and countersigned by a medical graduate  registered under the Medical Council of India.  When a patient comes...

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Clinical Practice Guidelines in Neurotology

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES IN NEUROTOLOGY  as proposed by Dr Anirban Biswas put up for ratification by fellow neurotologists with comments. Clinical Practice Guidelines are as defined in the American Academy of Otolaryngology website “statements that include...

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Diuretics in Menieres Disease

MENIERE’S DISEASE -- DO DIURETICS HAVE A ROLE IN THERAPY TODAY? In the treatment of Meniere’s disease diuretics have lost the pride of place that it once enjoyed. Diuretics appear to have fallen out of favour of most contemporary neurotologists when it comes to...

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Vestibular Sedative Drugs – reducing misuse why and how

All pictures presented in this article have been downloaded from different sites in the internet through Google Images.The reader may find the source by searching the caption of each figure in Google Images.  Table of Contents Some relevant statistics. 1 The Malady. 2...

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Clinical Physiology

Clinical physiology of the balance system. Dr. Anirban Biswas. Maintenance of Balance. CNS collects information about static / dynamic position of the body in relation to the ground and the surroundings from certain sensors in different parts of the body.

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Hearing Aids

Digital Hearing Aids Sample (i.e. analyse ) incoming speech sounds as well as the ambient noise and then electronically processes the incoming sound which consists of speech and ambient noise and then finally deliver the amplified sound to the user's (i.e. patient's)...

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Vertigo – An Introduction

Vertigo – a general discussion Mr. Chatterjee is a 48 year old person working as a bank clerk.  He gets frequent attacks of  severe giddiness with nausea and vomiting, each attack persisting for about two to  four hours and on occasions when he is a little out of...

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Know your balance system

The Balance System Its functioning and the assessment of its functional integrity Giddiness, dizziness, instability and vertigo all indicate a disorder of the balance system. Technically, the balance system is known as the Vestibular system. It is one of the most...

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Phasing out the nightmare of TINNITUS

by a new FDA approved treatment modality - By Dr. Anirban Biswas Introduction :-  Tinnitus is the perception of sound (s) in the ear (s) / head in the absence of any external or internal auditory stimulation, i.e., without any corresponding mechanical activity in the...

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