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Yearly Archives: 2017


Hearing loss in non-growing vestibular schwannoma

Patients with a vestibular schwannoma and good hearing are often advised to observe the tumour. A strategy of watchful waiting with follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is then suggested. A vestibular schwannoma may present with normal hearing This option is considered in the light that a number of vestibular schwannomas, when discovered, may [...]

By |2018-01-03T14:38:16+00:00December 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Menieres disease due to middle ear muscles behaving badly

Meniere's disease (MD) may well be caused by middle ear muscles behaving badly. This debilitating inner ear disease is characterized by episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus and ear fullness of which the trigger is still unknown. The concept of endolymphatic hydrops (raise in the fluid pressure of the inner ear) is commonly accepted to be [...]

By |2018-02-13T16:02:35+00:00December 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Ear acupuncture

Ear acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine where small sterile needles are inserted into the external ear (pinna). I do not practice this technique but please ignore me for a moment and read on. Acupuncture points on the ear Acupuncture has been an integral part of Chinese medicine for over 2500 years. [...]

By |2019-02-01T15:27:17+00:00November 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Japanese television recording on rare bone condition in South Africa

Recently an episode of a new television documentary was filmed by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai)) in the rooms of Dr Hofmeyr in Pretoria. They conducted an interview with Mr. Timothy Dreyer, a patient with sclerosteosis, while Dr H Hamersma was present. Japanese television crew with Dr H Hamersma seated, Dr [...]

By |2017-08-30T22:06:48+00:00August 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

BPPV leads to falls in the elderly

BPPV leads to falls in the elderly. BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a common cause of vertigo and dizziness in patients. It is often referred to as “loose crystals” in the ear by physicians. In especially the elderly population, BPPV increases the risk of falling. BPPV leads to falls in the [...]

By |2019-04-05T19:03:52+00:00August 6th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The risk of vertigo during travelling

With the school holidays close at hand and a lot of people about to travel I am often asked what the risk of vertigo during travelling is. Many patients that suffer with dizziness, vertigo or vestibular disorders have a fear of travelling, of getting sick, suffering vertigo attacks and feeling miserable afterwards. Faster [...]

By |2017-07-03T12:51:16+00:00July 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Cochlear implantation for vestibular schwannoma

Cochlear implantation for vestibular schwannoma (VS) may be a viable option to improve hearing. There is strong evidence in the literature that VS patients benefit and use their implants. Results compare well with other patients who have been implanted for single sided deafness (SSD). Cochlear implantation with vestibular schwannoma removal. The cochlear implant (CI) can [...]

By |2019-12-04T01:24:23+00:00May 26th, 2017|News|0 Comments