Dr Ronald Chin’s Way of Testing Facial Nerve Function
First, we observe the general appearance of the patient’s face to see if there are any noticeable abnormalities or asymmetries.
Then, ask the patient to perform a few actions:
Raise their eyebrows so that you can check the muscles that lift their eyebrows.
Shut their eyes tightly to see if they can completely close their eyes without any difficulty.
Flare their nostrils to test the muscles around the nose to see if they can move them.
Blow out their cheeks to assess if they can puff them out by inflating them with air.
Smile and form a whistle to examine their ability to smile symmetrically and shape their lips to whistle.
Finally, we use the ‘House-Brackmann Facial Nerve Grading’ system to determine the severity of any facial weakness.
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Dr Ronald Chin is an Australian trained Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon.
After graduating as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Chin undertook further specialised training in Head and Neck Cancer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
He has published many research papers and is an active teacher and scholar.
As part of his subspecialty training, Dr Chin has training in Laser, Da Vinci Robotic, Flex Robotic and complex surgical techniques.
In addition to specialised Head and Neck Cancer, Dr Chin also enjoys general adult and paediatric ENT Surgery and practices sinus, snoring/sleep and general paediatric ENT Surgical procedures.
Dr Ronald Chin works as a general Otolaryngologist, offering a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments including ear surgery, nose surgery and throat surgery. He provides treatment for chronic conditions such as tonsillitis, sinus problems and problems with hearing.
He is also involved in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions such as facial paralysis, head and neck cancer and sleep apnea. As well as performing surgery on children, he also provides specialist care for adults, including the treatment of throat disorders, voice loss and ear problems.
Dr Chin has also served as a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, a Conjoint Associate Professor at Western Sydney University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.