Hearing management

Updated 11 December 2017

Can your child hear you?

Some health problems in infants can be tricky to spot. Deafness is one of them.


Here are some signs to look for, courtesy of the Calgary Health Region Education Services in Canada:

  • a loud sound doesn't wake the baby
  • a new sound doesn't stop the baby from crying
  • the baby doesn't turn toward you or make eye contact when you speak to him
  • he doesn't make cooing sounds after 3 months
  • he doesn't babble and make sounds like "baba" after 9 months.

If you notice any of these signs or are unsure if your baby has a hearing problem, contact your paediatrician. Deafness can affect development of speech and language skills and impair social and emotional growth.

- (HealthDayNews, updated December 2008)

Do you have a hearing-impaired child? Then you're invited to join the support group of the Carel du Toit Centre in the Western Cape. Meetings take place on Tuesday mornings at 09:00. For more information, call (021) 938 6565.


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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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