Hearing management

03 March 2017

6 hearing stories you should read

An estimated 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. World Hearing Day highlights hearing loss as one of the most common chronic disabilities.


Our ears are incredibly intricate and sensitive organs. Their main task is to detect and analyse sounds, which are then interpreted by the brain.

Every day we react to all kinds of sounds, from newscasts on the car radio to telephone calls from clients. And most of us take this for granted. But imagine a world without any sound...

Unfortunately, hearing loss ranks high among lifestyle diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. In fact, an estimated 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.

We take a look at six articles to read this World Hearing Day. 

1. How hearing is tested
When testing someone’s hearing, age is an important consideration, as is the type of hearing loss one is testing for.

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2. SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss

Our ears perform quite a complex job – not only are they responsible for hearing, they also assist with balance.

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3. The 'Cocktail Party Phenomenon' – how to hear in noisy environments

If you dread going to social events because you struggle to hear with all the background noise, you are probably experiencing the "Cocktail Party Phenomenon".

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4. Youth risk hearing loss due to loud music

Turn your headphones down! An estimated 1.1 billion young people are at risk of preventable hearing loss from listening to loud music.

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5. Will your job cause hearing loss? 

Most of us don't pay much attention to noise levels in our workplaces, but being consistently exposed to loud noise could lead to noise-induced hearing loss.

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6. Pain relievers linked to hearing loss in women

Long-term use of over-the-counter pain relievers may be associated with increased risk of hearing loss in some women.

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Think you have hearing loss ? Try the Widex online hearing test.

Read more:

Is ‘selective hearing’ actually a thing?

Why certain noises really irritate some people

The 10 worst jobs for your ears


Ask the Expert

Hearing Expert

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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