Tel: 65 6950 2869

Ear & Hearing

I have loved treating ear conditions since I was a very junior doctor! The surgery is technically demanding and can be very challenging. But the most rewarding thing is seeing the improvement in quality of life of my patients once they can hear again. It is life changing for them

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the reduction in the ability to hear sound and can occur suddenly or gradually.

Deafness in One Ear

Deafness in One Ear, or Single Sided Deafness, is the loss of hearing in one ear only.

Ear Infection

Acute otitis media is a viral or bacterial infection of the middle ear.


Cholesteatoma is a disease of the ear. It develops when trapped skin forms a mass in the middle ear space and mastoid bone.


Tinnitus describes any noise that can be heard internally but is not made by an external sound.

Vertigo and Balance Problems

Vertigo describes a sensation of oneself or the surroundings moving, spinning or tumbling.


Ear wax (or cerumen) is a natural substance produced in your ears from skin shed in the ear canal mixed with oils and antimicrobials from hair follicles.

Eardrum Perforation & Retraction

Eardrum Perforation is a hole in the ear drum, which makes the ear susceptible to ear infections and often causes reduced hearing.

Ear Pain (Otalgia)

Ear Pain, or Otalgia, can occur due to a problem inside the ear or outside the ear. It may be easy to resolve or can be a sign of a more serious condition.

Facial Nerve Palsy

Facial palsy is a very distressing condition for any patient. It is temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles.

Vestibular Schwannoma

Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumour that develops on the main nerve that conveys hearing and balance signals from the inner ear to the brain.

Canal Dehiscence

Canal dehiscence syndrome (also called superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome, or SSCD) is caused by a small hole in one of the inner ear balance canals.

Glue Ear

Glue ear (otitis media with effusion) is fluid behind the eardrum. It often occurs after a cold and may affect one or both ears.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Dr Rebecca Heywood's Otology research

  • Chee J, Eikelboom RH, Smits C, Swanepoel W, Wee SL, Ng TP, Heywood RL. Digits in noise testing in a multilingual sample of Asian adults. Int J Audiol. 2023;1-6 (Online ahead of print)

  • Nicholas SO, Koh EJ, Wee SL, Eikelboom RH, Jayakody DJ, Lin F, Ng TP, Heywood RL. Peripheral hearing loss and its association with cognition among ethnic Chinese older adults. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2021;50(4):394-400.

  • Heywood RL, Goderie T, Atlas MD. Spontaneous Tegmen Tympani Dehiscence: Causes and Treatment of Conductive Hearing Loss. Otol Neurotol. 2021;42(8)e1-42-1048

  • Heywood RL, Quick M, Atlas MD. Long-term audiometric and clinical outcomes following stapedectomy with the shape memory nitinol stapes prosthesis. Otol Neurotol. 2019;40(2):164-170

  • Heywood R, Gao Q, Nyunt MSZ, Feng L, Chong MS, Lim WS, Yap P, Lee TS, Yap KB, Wee SL, Ng TP. Hearing Loss and Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Findings from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;43(5-6):259-268

  • Heywood RL, Vickers DA, Pinto F, Fereos G, Shaida A. Assessment and Outcome in Non-Traditional Cochlear Implant Candidates. Audiol Neurootol. 2017;21(6):383-390

  • Heywood R, Ifeacho S, Narula A. Effect of intratympanic steroid administration on sensorineural hearing loss associated with acute otitis media. J Laryngol Otol. 2016;130(6):532-5

  • Heywood R, Atlas M. Simultaneous cochlear implantation and labyrinthectomy for advanced Meniere’s disease. J Laryngol Otol. 2016;130(2):204-6

  • Sethukumar P, Heywood R, Narula A. Samter's triad with aural involvement: a novel approach to management. J Laryngol Otol. 2014;128(12):1114-6

  • Heywood R, Narula A. Pros and cons of canal wall up vs canal wall down mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma: a review. The Otorhinolaryngologist. 2013;6(3):140-3

  • Heywood R, Donnelly S, Hadavi S, Patel N. Infliximab for autoimmune inner ear disease. J Laryngol Otol. 2013;127(11):1145-7

  • Heywood R, Patel PM, Jonathan DA. Analysis of hearing thresholds using the BAHA – pre-operative assessment tools vs. surgically implanted fixture. Ear Nose Throat J 2011 May;90(5):E21-7

Dr Rebecca Heywood's Otology book chapters

  • Heywood RL, Quick M, Atlas M. Ten year outcomes with the shape memory nitinol stapes prosthesis. In: Yung M. Cholesteatoma and Ear Surgery. Kugler Publications 2017.

  • Heywood R. Meniere’s disease. In: Bhattacharyya A, Patel N. Otolaryngology Pocket Tutor. JP Medical Publishers 2012.

  • Heywood R. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss. In: Bhattacharyya A, Patel N. Otolaryngology Pocket Tutor. JP Medical Publishers 2012.

  • Heywood R. Vertigo. In: Bhattacharyya A, Patel N. Otolaryngology Pocket Tutor. JP Medical Publishers 2012.

Location & Hours

Nuffield ENT

Nuffield Medical Centre

501 Orchard Road

#05-15 Wheelock Place

Singapore 238880

Monday - Friday | 9 am - 6 pm

Saturday | 9 am - 1 pm

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Tel: +65 6950 2869 / 8805 0324

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