How an ear nose and throat specialist may have saved the voices of Christina Perri, Sam Smith and more

How an ear nose and throat specialist may have saved the voices of Christina Perri, Sam Smith and more

Imagine a world-famous singer not being able to sing again, or fans not being able to hear their beautiful voices anymore. Sounds tragic and disheartening, right? That may have been the case for Christina Perri and Sam Smith, both of whom are known for their unique beautiful voices and music style.

Christina Perri had once said in one of her interviews that after her successful debut from her song “Jar of Hearts” she started receiving many requests to perform, that she was singing 15 times a day! The singer revealed that that was the time that she slowly started losing her voice. On the other hand, rather than loss of voice from constant singing, Sam Smith, the Grammy-award winning British soul singer, suffered from a vocal cord haemorrhage. A condition that refers to the bleeding of the superficial lamina propria, or the layer that guarantees the flexibility of the vocal fold for vibration.

Voice loss is common for singers and not even with good health habits can a singer maintain his or her voice. As time passes, and with over-use of a singing voice, the vocal membranes of singers like Christina Perri, Sam Smith and more become fibrous and stiff with a diminished amplitude of vibration. Regardless, thanks to their ENT specialist, they somehow survived an inevitable tragedy for singers, and we are still able to hear their wonderful voices and enjoy their music. Find out more about ENT from ENT Specialist Singapore here.

What is an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist?

In some situations, you may have heard and seen ENT signs alongside a doctor’s name, and you may have wondered what those abbreviations mean and what kind of doctors were they.

As what the name implies, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or also called an otolaryngologist, is a doctor that specializes in the care and treatment of the area below the brain and above the lungs namely the ears, nose, and throat but except for the eyes.

What Conditions does an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist treat?

Medical instruments for ENT

General otolaryngologists can do surgery and treat a wide range of medical conditions. So, if you think that you may have any of these listed conditions, you should try visiting an ENT specialist:

  • Any hearing impairment, ear infection, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus, including congenital disorders of the ear.
  • Problems that affect your nose, nasal cavity, and sinuses.
  • Any disorder and/or condition that affects your throat, affecting speech, singing, eating, swallowing, and digestion.
  • For any diseases, tumours, trauma, and deformities of the head, neck, and face, the ENT specialist can perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in these areas. They can also manage problems with the nerves in the head and neck that control sight, smelling, hearing, and facial movements.

How are Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists trained?

Much of the work being done to become an ENT specialist is learning how to be a surgeon and take care of patients, but since ENT specialists are medical doctors, they should first obtain an undergraduate degree preferably in biology or any science-related courses for about 4 years and then later proceed to get a medical degree.

Following 4 years of medical school, those who aspire to be an ENT specialist will go through a year of residency experiences across the ENT, neurosurgery, critical care, anaesthesia, and general surgery fields. Moreover, in most programs being offered, aspirers would also juggle their time in learning different subspecialties that may include work concerning:

  • Laryngology (voice and swallowing)
  • Rhinology (sinuses)
  • Neurotology (ear surgery), which includes interdisciplinary care with neurosurgeons to access tumours through and around the ear
  • Head and neck, which covers cancers of the head and neck
  • Paediatrics, which encompasses all specialities as they relate to children
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery

All in all, it would take them about 15 years or more to become a fully-fledged ENT specialist. Here is the education track for ENT specialist:

  • Undergraduate degree (4 years of college or university)
  • Medical degree – (4 years of medical school)
  • Residency training – (3 years of otolaryngology residency, plus 1 year of general surgery training, plus one additional year of training for a total of 5 years of residency training)
  • Optional fellowship training in sub-speciality of choice such as head and neck, plastic/reconstruction, etc. – 2 years.

If ENT conditions are keeping you from living life to the fullest, an ENT Specialist can help. If you’re looking for a highly qualified, board-certified ENT doctor, you can contact Dr. Dennis Chua today.

Who is Dr. Dennis Chua?

Dr Denis Chua

Dr. Dennis Chua is a Singapore-based Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgeon with a Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery subspecialty focus. He studied locally in Singapore, and obtained his further qualifications from Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and also did his fellowship in the USA.

Dr Chua graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a medical degree and then completed his (ENT) training in Otorhinolaryngology in Singapore. He received specialist accreditation in Otorhinolaryngology from Singapore and is fully accredited as an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Chua, #08-02 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre Singapore 228510, please call (65) 6235-3886.


ENT Specialist Singapore
3 Mount Elizabeth, #08-02 Medical Centre,
Singapore 228510
+65 6235 3886

Author: Rebel