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Yearly Archives: 2018


New 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at Muelmed Mediclinic

The new 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, recently installed at Muelmed Mediclinic, Pretoria, contributes in establishing a world class imaging facility for ear conditions (otology) and neurotology. It is my opinion the Muelmed Mediclinic’s radiology group, De Beer De Jager Radiologists, has established themselves as one of the leading otology (ear) and neurotology [...]

By |2019-01-08T14:30:50+00:00December 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

World congress of Audiology 2018 Workshop

For the first time in history, during November 2018, the World Congress of Audiology was successfully hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a great privilege to be part of this event, especially with hosting a pre-congress workshop. “Getting your head around vestibular assessments” is an appropriate name for a very informative workshop in [...]

By |2018-11-13T03:41:16+00:00November 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Getting your head around vestibular assessments

Getting your head around vestibular assessments is a 2018 WCA (World Congress of Audiology) Pre-Congress Workshop that is scheduled to take place on Saturday 27 October 2018. It will be hosted at the new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital which is walking distance fromthe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Getting your head around [...]

By |2018-10-09T13:28:45+00:00October 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders

A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders is a Workshop that will take place as part of the 54th South African Annual ENT Congress. It is scheduled for Sunday 28 October 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). A Practical Clinical Approach to Balance Disorders The workshop is intended for ear nose and [...]

By |2018-11-05T10:47:32+00:00September 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Can a virus cause a vestibular schwannoma

Can a virus cause a vestibular schwannoma. A sporadic vestibular schwannoma is a schwannoma that does not occur as part of a syndrome such as neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Before answering the question, one needs to acknowledge the fact that viruses are responsible for certain cancers. Worldwide it is estimated that between 10-15 % of cancers [...]

By |2018-10-03T14:33:49+00:00September 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Vertigo in childhood

Vertigo in childhood (vertige de l’enfance) is a distressing condition. Often more so for the parents than for the child. Contributing to this is the inability in most cases of young children to express themselves, leaving the parents worried and often fearing the worst. Vertigo in childhood It is estimated that the prevalence [...]

By |2018-09-04T06:25:42+00:00August 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The inner ear disorder that restores hearing

The inner ear disorder that restores hearing (“Le vertige qui fait entendre”) is rare. A vertigo attack leads to an improvement in hearing. It was first described in 1919 by the French otolaryngologist , Marcel Lermoyez. Marcel Lermoyez      (Source: Wikipedia) Lermoyez syndrome(LS), as it is also referred to, is considered to be [...]

By |2018-08-03T14:05:17+00:00July 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ear molding, an early, effective, non-invasive treatment for newborns with ear deformities

Every pregnant women should know about ear molding. For a mother to inspect her new born baby from head to toe, counting ten fingers and toes is a natural act. Scrutinizing the ears is no exception. Unfortunately, subtle ear abnormalities may often be overlooked. Ear rim abnormality at birth Ear deformities are characterized [...]

By |2018-09-04T05:50:38+00:00June 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Four cochlear implantations in Namibia

In April 2018 I had the privilege to partake in four cochlear implantations in Namibia. We implanted four patients, three adults and a child. It was again great to team up with my fellow ear nose and throat surgeon, Dr Stephan van der Westhuizen. The team that performed the cochlear implants in Namibia [...]

By |2018-07-05T12:55:25+00:00April 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments