Hearing management

Updated 18 September 2019

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In the past, science has proven that certain sounds have a strong effect on the brain which may cause extreme irritation.

Misophonia, a condition whereby certain sounds, particularly those made by another person can trigger emotions such as anger, impulsivity and a number of other responses.

Examples of these sounds include a crying baby, a clicking pen and chewing. A while ago, we asked readers on our Facebook page to tell us what they thought the most annoying sounds were and the most votes went to food sounds or loud chewing.

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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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