Professional background

Hala Kanona is a consultant otologist and auditory implant surgeon at The Royal National ENT Hospital, University College London Hospitals. She graduated from The University Of Birmingham and completed Higher Surgical Training in leading centres such as Great Ormond Street, The Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS Trust) and the Royal National ENT Hospital (UCLH) where she also undertook an Advanced Otology and Auditory Implant Fellowship.

She was awarded the CWJ Fellowship Grant to visit a leading European otology centre in Nijmegen. She became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011 and is a member of the British Society of Otology. Her interests include neurotology, auditory implantation and facial palsy.

Research interests

  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Hearing restoration
  • Meniere's disease
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Facial palsy


  1. Evaluation of the Patient with Facial Palsy: A Multidisciplinary ApproachKanona H, Saeed SR, Randhawa P, Kimber R, Rodger A, Khalil S, Andrews P. Facial Plast Surg. 2024 Feb 1. doi: 10.1055/s-0044-1779046.
  2. Migration and other electrode complications following cochlear implantation. Magos T, Kanona H, Morley S, Khalil S, Shaida A. Cochlear Implants Int. 2024 Feb 21:1-9. doi: 10.1080/14670100.2024.2318838
  3. Skull Base Repair following Resection of Vestibular Schwannoma: A Systematic Review (Part 2: The Translabyrinthine Approach). Starup-Hansen J, Williams S, Valetopoulou A, Khan D, Horsfall H, Moudgil-Joshi J, Burton O, Kanona H, Saeed S, Muirhead W, Marcus H, Grover P.  Journal of Neurological Surgery DOI: 10.1055/a-2222-0016
  4. Skull Base Repair following Resection of Vestibular Schwannoma: A Systematic Review (Part 1: The Retrosigmoid Approach) Starup-Hansen J, Williams S, Valetopoulou A, Khan D, Horsfall H, Moudgil-Joshi J, Burton O, Kanona H, Saeed S, Muirhead W, Marcus H, Grover P. Journal of Neurological Surgery DOI: 10.1055/a-2222-0184.
  5. Recurrent Swelling in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Patients. Shaida Z, Magos T, Kanona H, Shaida A. Otol        Neurotol. 2023 Jun 1;44(5):e300-e304. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003881.
  6. Systematic review of the diagnosis and management of necrotising otitis externa: Highlighting the need for high-quality research. Takata J, Hopkins M, Alexander V, Bannister O, Dalton L, Harrison L, Groves E, Kanona H, Jones GL, Mohammed H, Andersson MI, Hodgson SH.. Clin Otolaryngol. 2023 May;48(3):381-394. doi: 10.1111/coa.14041. Epub 2023 Feb 22. PMID: 36759416.
  7. Does calcification of the vestibule represent a neuroradiological marker for congenital cytomegalovirus?– A retrospective case series and proposed novel inner ear classification system. Kanona H, Jawad S, Hare J, Mehta N, Manjaly J, Khalil S, Shaida A, Lavy J, Saeed. Audiology and Neurotology
  8. Cochlear implant performance in patients with Meniere’s disease and proposed evidence-based protocol for management Kanona H, Forde C, Keating P, Van Rooyen, Bradley J, Mehta N, Manjaly J, Lavy J, Khalil S, Saeed S, Shaida A. Cochlear Implants Int 2022 Sep 1:1-8. Online ahead of print.PMID: 36050279 DOI: 10.1080/14670100.2022.2112998
  9. UK consensus definitions for necrotising otitis externa: a Delphi study. Hodgson SH, Khan MM, Patrick-Smith M, Martinez-Devesa P, Stapleton E, Williams OM, Pretorius P, McNally M, Andersson MI; UK NOE Collaborative. BMJ Open. 2023 Feb 20;13(2):e061349. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061349.
  10. Safety of Otological Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Prospective Audit of 1130 Cases from 79 Centers. Warner E, Ghedia R, Alatsationos A, Lloyd S, Rea P, Kay Seymour FK, Juniors BAB; BSO Study Group. J Int Adv Otol. 2022 Jul;18(4):347-357. doi: 10.5152/iao.2022.21482. PMID: 35894532; PMCID: PMC9714000.
  11. Hairy Polyp of the Nasal Vestibule Oluyori A, Kanona H, Jonathan J, Jay A. BMJ Case Rep 2021 Jun 11;14(6):e242554
  12. A large case series of temporal bone fractures at a UK major trauma centre with an evidence-based management protocol. Kanona H, Anderson C, Lambert A, Al-Abdulwahed R,  O’Byrne L, Vakharia N, Motter D, Offiah C, Adams A, Wareing M, Seymour K, J Laryngol Otol. 2020 Mar 134;(3) 205-21
  13. What is the Standard Practice amongst UK Otolaryngologists using C02 Transoral LASER Surgery (TOLS) for lesions in the Upper Aerodigestive Tract?  A UK National SurveyKanona H, Farrell R, Oswal V, Tatla T. J Otol Rhinol. 2018 Nov;7 (6) doi: 10.4172/2324-8785.1000359
  14. Computed tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging in paediatric cochlear implant assessment: a pilot study and our experience at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kanona H, Stephenson, Rajput, D’Arco, Boi, Cochrane, Jephson. J Laryngol Otol. 2018 Jun;132(6):529-533
  15. Impact of the method and success of pharyngeal reconstruction on the outcome of treating laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers with pharyngolaryngectomy: A National Analysis.  Nouraei,R, Dias A, Kanona H, Vokes, O’Flynn, Clarke P. Middleton, Darzi, Aylin, Jallali. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery 2017;70:628-38
  16. The Importance of a Dedicated Neuroradiologist when Reporting High Resolution Computer Tomography (HRCT) for Otosclerosis: A Retrospective Comparison Study of forty patients. Kanona H, Rana I, Offiah C, Patel N. J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Mar;131(6):492-496
  17. Latest trends in the assessment and management of paediatric snoring and sleep apnoea. Sharma S, Kanona H, Kumar G, Kotecha B. J Laryngo Otol. 2016 May;130(5):482-9
  18. An approach to revision stapes surgery and our outcomes from 49 procedures at a UK tertiary centre. Kanona H, Bhutta MF, Lavy J. Clin Otolaryngol 2016 42(4):931-935
  19. National prospective cohort study of peritonsillar abscess management and outcomes: the Multicentre Audit of Quinsies study- Site Lead (collaborator) published eJLO
  20. Ultrasound guided assessment of thyroid nodules based on the 2014 British Thyroid Association Guidelines for the Management of Thyroid cancer - How we do it. Kanona H, Virk, J, Offiah C, Stimpson, Clin Otolaryngol  2016;42(3):723-727
  21. Deep Neck Space Infections: Presentation, Epidemiology and Management. Kanona H, Beasley N, Stimpson P. ENT Masterclass Journal. 2016; 8:111-117
  22. Non-invasive Assessment and Symptomatic Improvement of the Obstructed Nose (NASION): a physiology-based patient- centred approach to treatment selection and outcomes assessment in nasal obstruction. Nouraei R, Virk J, Kanona H, Zatonski M, Kouray E, Chatrath P. Clin Otolaryngol 2016;41:327-40
  23. Pulse Oximetry- a necessary investigation? Kanona H, Sharma S,  Chaidas K, Kotecha B J Laryngol Otol. 2015 Sep;129(9):874-81.
  24. Endotracheal positioning in neck extension during thyroidectomy. Sharma S, Kumar G, Kanona H, Jovaisa T, Kaddour H. J Laryngo Otol 2015 Oct;129(10):996-9
  25. Bilateral Warthins Tumour-it runs in the familyKanona H, Kumar G, Kaddour H. MOJ Clin Med Case Rep 2015. 2(5): 00034
  26. Endoscopic ear surgery- a pilot study and first UK experienceKanona H, Virk J, Kumar, G, Chawda S, Owa A. World J Clin Cases. 2015;3(3):310-317
  27. Midline Neck Abscess: an important and rare presentation in a patient with TB thyroiditis. Kanona H, Virk J, Kaddour H. Edorium J Otolaryngol, 2015;2;1-4.
  28. A rare stapes abnormality. Kanona H, Virk J, Khalil S. Case Reports in Otolaryngology, 2015:387642 doi 10.1155/2015/38764
  29. Lymphatic Malformations. Alvi S, Kanona H, Penney S, Rothera M, Bruce IA. The Otorhinolaryngologist. 2014;7(2)95-99
  30. Double impingement of the rotator cuff- an unusual presentation of dual osteochondromas. Pimpalnerker A, Anand A, Thimmegowda A, Mehr A, Kanona H. Eur Orthop Traumatol 2013;4:169-171
  31. Stump Appendicitis: a review.  Kanona H, Al-Samaree A, Nice C, Bhattacharya V, International Journal of Surgery, Vol 10:425-428 2012 (27 Jul)
  32. Homonymous left hemianopia secondary to traumatic extracranial vertebral artery dissection. Kanona H, Tuboku-Metzger V, Wahab K, Clinical Medicine Journal, Vol 6: 623-4 2011 (6 Dec)