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Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

Tinnitus

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

Tinnitus is characterised by a persistent sound in one ear or both ears. It's usually a ringing sound, although many people hear a hissing, roaring or clicking. Symptoms can range from severe to only mildly distracting. The sound may be constant or it may come and go, and may vary from quiet to very loud.

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), the condition can be triggered by damage to the ear caused by excessive noise, as well as wax build-up in the ear. Certain medications, ear or sinus infections, jaw misalignment, cardiovascular disease, and some tumours also may cause tinnitus.

While there is no real cure for tinnitus, symptoms may be reduced depending on what causes it. Regular removal of ear wax can reduce the noise for some patients, and others notice improvement from using a cochlear implant. The implant magnifies surrounding noises, which minimizes the ringing sound.

The ATA recommends talking to a doctor or audiologist about the best treatment options for you.

– (HealthDayNews)

 

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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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