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OBJECTIVES This study investigated the effects of implant experience and age at implantation on the Cantonese tone production of children with cochlear implants. The study also examined whether there was a particular age at which children were more responsive to acquiring tones. METHODS The study included 45 children who had received unilateral cochlear(More)
For over three decades, bone conduction hearing aids have been changing the lives of patients with impaired hearing. The size, appearance and fitting discomfort of early generations of bone conduction hearing aids made them unpopular. The advent of bone-anchored hearing aids in the 1970s offered patients improved sound quality and fitting comfort, due to(More)
OBJECTIVES To establish the reliability and validity of the Chinese (Cantonese) version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory to measure the self-perceived handicapping effect and severity of the condition in patients with chronic tinnitus. DESIGN Cross-sectional psychometric validation study. SETTING Audiology clinics in a hospital setting. PARTICIPANTS(More)
This study aimed to explore the perceptions and experiences of swallowing difficulties in irradiated survivors of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 60 post-irradiation NPC patients after they had answered a set of self-report questions. The interviews were transcribed verbatim for analysis. Results of(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to develop a quality-of-life subscale for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and validate the functional assessment of cancer therapy-nasopharyngeal (FACT-NP). METHODS The FACT-NP was tested cross-sectionally in survivors of postirradiated NPC (n = 357) and was administered to newly diagnosed patients (n = 160) before, at the end of, and 3(More)
The aim of this study was to document the sites and MRI features of radiation-induced tumors (RITs) in the head and neck following treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The MRI examinations and clinical records of 20 patients with 21 RITs were reviewed retrospectively. RITs developed 3-30 years after radiotherapy and included eleven squamous cell(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to use multiplanar high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detail the patterns of tumor spread in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to correlate the findings with the presence of an effusion in the middle ear and mastoid. MATERIALS AND METHODS Magnetic resonance imaging was performed in 51 patients with(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising new modality in the treatment of cancer. In Hong Kong where nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is endemic, radiotherapy has been the primary treatment of choice. For recurrent disease after radiotherapy, there is no effective treatment. This latter report summarizes our initial experience in using PDT for these(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to identify independent prognostic factors that influenced local relapse-free survival (LRFS) and overall survival (OS) of patients who underwent salvage surgery for residual or recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS Ninety-seven patients who had been treated with radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy for(More)