Hearing management

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is characterised by a persistent sound in one ear or both ears. It's usually a ringing sound in the ears, but can also be a hissing, roaring or clicking. Learn more about tinnitus symptoms, management and treatment here.

Focusing on tinnitus

In a series of articles, Health24's resident Hearing Expert, Tarryn Richardson, will talk about tinnitus - a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is characterised by a persistent sound in one ear or both ears.

How magnesium may help prevent tinnitus

When nerve cells in the inner ear die the auditory cortex in the brain keeps on relaying sound to the brain, resulting in tinnitus, even when there’s no signal from the ear.

Do you have ringing in your ears?

One in every five people experiences ringing, buzzing or whistling sounds in their ears, known as tinnitus. Learn more about this condition.

Managing tinnitus using mindfulness

Leading audiologist Susan Swart discusses the use of mindfulness as a technique for coping with tinnitus, a ringing or noise in the ears. Mindfulness involves an awareness of oneself and one's body in the present, consciously and without passing judgement.

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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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