Dr. Manohar Bance Makes Impressive Gains In Diagnosing & Treating Hearing Problems

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Dr. Manohar Bance of Halifax is making impressive gains in diagnosing and treating hearing problems in patients.

“I have always been a team builder,” says Dr. Manohar Bance. “Brainstorming, developing ideas and bringing people together to discuss them, is an enjoyable and natural impulse for me.”


The surgeon and researcher, who also teaches at Dalhousie Medical School, serves as Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery division head at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and is a member of a variety of national and international committees, is the director of the Ear and Auditory Research (EAR) and Sensory Encoding and Neural Sensory Engineering (SENSE) research labs at Dalhousie.


Between these roles, he heads up and collaborates with a team of nearly 60 people, including ENT surgeons, gene therapists, biomedical engineers, lab technologists, residents, fellows and administrators.


“We are a team of equals,” he says. “There may be a person who is first among equals, but we are all marching in the same direction.”


In fact, Dr. Bance and his team are advancing steadily in the direction of developing revolutionary tools and techniques for diagnosing and treating hearing problems. One recent development, with doctors Brown and Adamson from biomedical engineering, is a mini ultrasound endoscope, a device small enough to fit into the ear canal and provide a picture of the middle and inner ear. Previously, accessing the middle ear would have required surgery; the inner ear was inaccessible.


Having multiple labs allows Dr. Bance and his colleagues to take an idea from concept through prototyping to testing, and eventually to market.


“It’s very satisfying to be able to develop these ideas from the ground up,” says Dr. Bance, although the process can be lengthy. “The regulatory environment is slow – it takes time to get ethics approvals, secure funding and ensure patient safety.”


The key to maintaining momentum is keeping the end goal in sight: This is about helping patients.


“I want to understand mechanisms: how and why things work. And there are lots of people like me. The success that we have had comes from reaching out to people who also want to know why. We come together under an impulse to understand, and then we ask how we can dig deeper.”


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Submitted By: debbie macdonald

He is the most wonderful doctor!!!! 100% dedicated…totally understanding with a terrific sense of humour and honestly cares about his patients!!!! YIPPPPPEEEEEEEEEE for Dr. Bance!!!

Submitted By: Deirdre clark

This is wonderful news for me as a long time suffer of Meinere’s disease. Maybe it will help with early diagnosis and possible treatment for others who start showing symptoms of this debilitating disease.


Dr. Bance has been my ENT doctor for many years. He is a very kind and caring person and an amazing doctor. I have recommended him to several people over the years. He is the best. Way to go Dr. Bance! We are lucky to have you at QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Submitted By: Debbie Aikens

I haven’t seen Dr. Bance in many years, but he is the most kind, caring and understanding Dr. that I have ever had. I am so glad that he was my Dr for my Meniere’s. I’m very glad to hear that there are new advances being made with this debilitating disease, as I have had Meniere’s Disease for 14 yrs. now, and am bilateral. Way to go Dr. Bance! It’s an honour for me to know you, and for Halifax to have you as a Dr. there! 🙂

Submitted By: louretta serroul

I have extreme hearing loss to the point that the hearing aids don’t help much. I also suffer from oscillopia. It would be great if I could be referred to Dr. Manohar Bance. Is he taking referrals? I need help if I want any quality of life. Thanks.

Submitted By: Doctors Nova Scotia

Hello Louretta:
You need a family physician to refer you. Please discuss this possibility with your family doctor.

Submitted By: Colleen Baker

I just love Dr. Bance!! He has been with me and my Meinere’s from the beginning almost 16 years. The disease had reduced my quality of life to almost despair and depression. He stuck with me when I think a lot of Dr.s wouldn’t have. You are one in a million. Can’t wait to try this new gadget. See you soon and congrats!