Hearing management

Ear disorders

Learn about ear disorders including Meniere’s Syndrome, Waardenburg Syndrome, otosclerosis and more in this section. Find medical information on the causes, symptoms and treatment of these ear conditions and more, here.

Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis refers to abnormal bone growth in the middle ear, leading to hearing loss.

Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS)

Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), also called mandibulofacial dysostosis and Franceschetti-Zwalen-Klein syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder that causes abnormal development of facial bones and tissues, resulting in a wide range of facial defects. Symptoms vary from barely noticeable to severe. In general, most people have underdeveloped facial bones, especially cheekbones.

Presbycusis

Presbycusis is the loss of hearing due to ageing.

Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is an inherited disorder that causes varying degrees of hearing loss and color changes in the skin, hair, and eyes. People with WS typically have pale white skin. Some people may have patches of white hair, while others may experience premature graying of the hair when they are as young as 12 years old. The eyes may be a very pale blue, or they may each be a different color (usually brown and blue). Sometimes, one eye may be two different colors.

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, sometimes called cerebral beriberi, is a severe memory disorder usually associated with chronic excessive alcohol consumption, although the direct cause is a deficiency in thiamin (vitamin B1). It may also result from dietary deficiencies, prolonged vomiting, eating disorders, or the effects of chemotherapy medications.

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Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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