Hearing management

Updated 16 September 2016

Do you have ringing in your ears?

One in every five people experiences ringing, buzzing or whistling sounds in their ears, known as tinnitus. Learn more about this condition.

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Tinnitus, which is often referred to as a ringing sound or noises in the ears, is a common problem affecting 10–20% of the population, making it more common than hearing difficulties.

Tinnitus is described as a phantom sound heard mainly in quiet environments, and is perceived to be either in your ears or in your head. Every person experiences tinnitus differently; it can be intermittent or constant, loud or soft or fluctuate in severity and volume.

Unfortunately, tinnitus is often misunderstood by medical professionals, where the worst advice given to tinnitus sufferers is that "you’ll just have to live with it" or "there is nothing that we can do for you".

The bottom line is that there is hope for bothersome tinnitus. By understanding the nature of it, you will be able to regain control. In next week’s article, I will further add to your general knowledge about this common condition.

If you have any concerns with your hearing, be sure to write a question to our Hearing Expert here.

Read more:

Video: Manage tinnitus using mindfulness

Infographic: A visual guide to tinnitusUnderstanding tinnitus

 

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AuD degree obtained in 2013 at AT Still University Health Science Depart-ment, Arizona. Masters in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria, 2003. Remedial Teaching Diploma at Rand University, 1996. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria, 1993. Owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. Educating the community regarding early identification of hearing problems and screening of new-borns. Providing assistance and services at retirement homes. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. External examiner at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. Presenter at conferences and seminars.

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