Hearing management

Updated 17 February 2015

Decibel damage

Listening to your iPod at maximum volume or regularly attending rock concerts will damage your hearing.

Listening to your iPod at maximum volume or regularly attending rock concerts will damage your hearing. And even if you don’t seek out loud noises, everyday noises can put you at risk. The scary thing is that we often don’t feel that our hearing has been overtaxed before the damage is done.

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The following signs might indicate that you’ve suffered hearing damage: ringing or buzzing noises in your ears; pain in your ears; feeling as if you have cotton wool in your ears; and difficulty hearing after music stops. If any of these sound familiar, consult a doctor or audiologist who can diagnose your hearing problem and advise you on the best way to manage it.

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Heidi Allan is a qualified audiologist and speech-language therapist with 28 years experience both in South Africa and the Netherlands. I am a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the South African Speech-Language Hearing Association and the South African Audiology Association. I have held leadership roles at both provincial and national level in my profession and deliver presentations across the country on aspects of audiology. My areas of particular interest include Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation, diagnostic audiology and public education.

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