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 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 facial development disorder.


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.

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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