I am Dr Barrie Tan, an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist based in Gleneagles Hospital Singapore. I am experienced in managing ENT conditions such as sinus problems, snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea, allergic rhinitis, voice problems, thyroid nodules, neck lumps, hearing loss, tinnitus and giddiness. I am a President’s Scholar and have over 20 years of clinical and surgical experience. For more than 6 years, I was a senior consultant and the head of the department of otolaryngology (ENT) at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). During my tenure, I routinely managed and operated on young children with ENT conditions as well as the full range of Adult ENT conditions. I am well known for my expertise in treating hearing loss, as well as performing endoscopic ear surgeries. I introduced endoscopic ear surgeries in SGH in 2014 and have been actively spearheading its adoption and development in Singapore since. I have performed over 100 ear surgeries endoscopically, ranging the entire gamut of different ear surgeries. These include endoscopic tympanoplasty, myringoplasty, tympanomastoidectomy, ossiculoplasty, stapedotomy and stapedectomy, as well as endoscopic facial nerve decompression. I am also an experienced cochlear implant surgeon, having personally performed several hundred cochlear implant surgeries in Singapore and countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh. I am often invited to lecture at international conferences on my experience in cochlear implant surgeries, and invited as an instructor in specialised ear surgery workshops and courses. I have served as a course director in numerous symposia and masterclasses in cochlear implant surgery, such as the Singapore General Hospital Cochlear Implant Surgery Masterclass Course in 2017 and 2018. I am passionate about bringing surgical innovations and updates in medical technology to Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, and is an early adopter of approved innovative surgical techniques and surgical hearing implants. I am the current president of the ASEAN Otorhinolaryngological (ENT) Head & Neck Federation, and was the president of the Society of Otolaryngology (ENT) Head & Neck Surgery Singapore from 2017 – 2019. I am also an avid teacher, spending much of my time teaching and nurturing the next generation of ENT surgeons. From 2012 – 2014, I was the director of the SingHealth ENT Residency Training Program. I was also appointed as a member of the National ENT Residency Advisory Committee which oversees the 3 ENT Residency programmes in Singapore. Besides being a surgical innovator, I am also an administrative innovator. I co-founded the SingHealth-Duke NUS Head and Neck Centre in 2014, and from 2014 – 2018, served as the deputy head of the SingHealth-Duke NUS Head and Neck Centre. In this capacity, I helped to coordinate the development of multidisciplinary head and neck surgery capabilities and care of complex head and neck conditions in the various SingHealth hospitals and institutions. I volunteer at the Canossian School, which runs a special education programme for children with hearing impairment and who wear hearing devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants. In the past, I performed ear surgeries like myringoplasties and mastoidectomies in rural communities. In recent years, I have been performing cochlear implant surgeries for deaf Vietnamese children in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City under the Hear-The-World programme. Learn more about Gleneagles Hospital here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/hospital/gleneagles-hospital-singapore/ Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/barrie-tan/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss ENT Health with everyone. Whether you've got questions about sinus problems, snoring, sleep and hearing issues, voice problems, neck lumps, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
Doctor, I have an infection in the middle of my ear. My ENT prescribed antibiotics but it didn't get better. Sometimes white fluid comes out of my ear. What should I do to understand the cause of this problem and how to cure it, Doc? Thank you
Doctor, I feel something blocking my throat. The throat itself itches. My chest x-ray showed that my heart and lungs are fine, only that there is an allergy. I have had a dry cough for 3 months. What is the solution, Doc? Thank you
Doctor, I went to an ENT once because I had been finding it hard to breathe. The doctor’s diagnosis was that I'm experiencing the narrowing of the nose canal, but not severely. I was advised to exercise regularly and to breathe clean air, as well as to wear a mask to prevent the dust entering my nose. Yes, if I do those tips, I can breathe easily. But, when I stop doing it, the problem comes back. My question is, is there any permanent solution for this?
Good afternoon, Dr Tan. I have a sore throat and short breath and chest pain. I saw an ENT, he said I had gastric acid reflux. Is there any way to treat my sore throat, Doc? Thank you in advance, Dr. Barrie Tan
Doctor, there is a hole in my ear drum, but it is a small hole. The doctor said it can be treated without surgery, Is there any chance for this hole to get bigger?
Doctor, I feel my nose is full with mucus, but nothing comes out of it actually. It has been 2 weeks. What should I do to get it cured?
Doctor, my inner nose has been itching for this past week. When I pried into it, it bled. I used saline once to clean it, but it just hurts. Why is that so, Doc?
Doctor, my left ear rings but without any pain. I saw an ENT specialist, she said my ears are fine, there is no wax, but the ringing is still there and it makes me uncomfortable. Is there any solution? I have hypertension.
Doctor, my right ear rings. I saw an ENT specialist, and the examination showed my ears are fine. Besides that, I have a bloating stomach, anxiety, and gastric acid. Thank you