"Snoring is dangerous in the long run. If left untreated, it can result in apnoea, heart attacks and other diseases," said Dr. Ashraf in his address.

The three-day 16th Tamil Nadu State and 9th south zone annual conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI) ‘Rockent 2013’ commenced in the city on Friday.

The event organised by the Tiruchi chapter of the AOI was inaugurated by Dr.Vallinayagam, dean, K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, Tiruchi.

Dr. Mohan Kameswaran, senior ENT surgeon, Dr. M.S. Ashraf, member, Tamil Nadu Medical Council, Dr. Gnanatilakan, organising president, AOI, and Dr. Syed Basudeen, State president, AOI, were among those who spoke. .

“Snoring is dangerous in the long run. If left untreated, it can result in apnoea, heart attacks and other diseases,” said Dr. Ashraf in his address.

“It is important for doctors to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in their field. Only then we will be able to handle our patients who have embraced latest technology like smart phones and show us online reports when they visit us for consultation,” he added.

He also went on to cite examples of the widespread use of earphones by people today and cautioned about the damage that it could cause to the ear.

The event was organised with the aim of discussing advances in the field of ENT and to tackle noise pollution and electronic pollution from gadgets such as mobile phones. The conference began with four live ENT surgeries being performed free of cost by eminent surgeons to benefit the underprivileged. It was followed by lectures on head and neck cancer . A scientific exhibition was also inaugurated as a part of the event.