ENT specialist Dr Gary Kroukamp answers listeners' questions on anything pertaining to ear, nose, and throat problems.
He speaks to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson about the cochlear implant and the importance of screening for deafness at infancy.
He says if a child is born deaf the cochlear needs to be put in before the age of 4 and in adults, it can be done at any age.
The trouble is if your hearing loss has been too large for too long - too long could be 30 years but before that it is feasible.— Dr Gary Kroukamp, ENT specialist
How to prevent tonsil stones?
Dr Kroukamp says that tonsil stones are not a big medical problem but could cause bad breath. He says some people are able to pop them out with the back of a tooth brush but if they become a problem a procedure called tonsillectomy, where you have your tonsils shaved.
Listen to Dr Gary Kroukamp speak about common problems with ears, nose and throat:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Health and wellness: All you need to know about ears, nose and throat