Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

Unpleasant sounds

Those irritating sounds always get the best of you, which often fuels your frustrations.


Those irritating sounds always get the best of you, which often fuels your frustrations. Our users named some unpleasant sounds which annoys them after a great response to ‘The 10 most horrible sounds’.

Annemarie Robbertse - These sounds makes me mad immediately, irritates me, breaks my concentrations and ruins my day! 

My top 10 list will be:

  1. A baby / child screaming
  2. Hadida’s
  3. Cars hooting
  4. Cats fighting
  5. Dogs barking without stopping
  6. People talking on top of their voices
  7. Loud music, especially women singing in a screaming voice
  8. Motor cycles – scramblers, Harley Davidsons, etc
  9. Crickets at night that have this screeching sound
  10. Someone clearing their throat over and over again

Diane Newton - People eating with their mouths open, ‘smacking’ their lips. People eating while speaking to you over the telephone.

Cuan Rudman - Nothing worse than someone biting on a metal spoon and grinding it while pulling it out of their mouths.

Larisa Liebenberg - Barking dogs drive me crazy, especially yappers.

Jolize Damant - I can stand it when people snif when they have flu. I get CRAZY!

Nico Mathee

This is my list.

  1. SMS alerts for debit orders
  2. The subscriber you have dialed is not available
  3. Dragging a spade on cement
  4. My neighbours lawnmower before eight on a Sunday
  5. Anything my wife says in an irritated tone of voice
  6. Cats fighting
  7. The roar of a lion outside my camping tent
  8. Any switchboard (hold your ass off while we eat lunch) music
  9. Dentist drill
  10. The sound a poorly struck iron makes on a golfball 

What noise do you find most unpleasant? E-mail is at

(Health24, October 2012)


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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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