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Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

Decibel damage

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

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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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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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