Hearing management

Hearing in children

Find information and advice on hearing loss in children here with research and articles on signs and symptoms of ear infections as well as treatment options like grommets for blocked ears.

Cape Town baby's joyful journey to sound after surgery

Neave Fern Barrett's eyes shine brighter every day as she explores the world of sound after becoming the youngest baby in South Africa to get a cochlear implant. Health24 takes you along on her journey to hearing.

Gene therapy for deafness moves a few steps closer

Gene therapy to improve hearing in those with genetic deafness has shown promise in a new trial - a treatment that could greatly improve the quality of life of children born with hearing impairments.

Worcester girl gets new ears

Cassidy Sitella, a Grade 3 pupil from Nuwe Hoop Sentrum in Worcester was born without ears. However her life has now changed after she underwent reconstructive surgery.

Is your child hearing you?

If you're concerned about your baby's hearing, the Children's Hospital in Richmond, USA, offers this checklist of typical behaviour.

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Hearing Expert

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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