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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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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