Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

Widex ZEN2GO for controlling tinnitus

Tinnitus is an ever increasing problem and not just among people with hearing loss. It is estimated that there are around 250 million sufferers worldwide.

Tinnitus is an ever increasing problem and not just among people with hearing loss. It is estimated that there are around 250 million sufferers worldwide.

As a leading hearing aid manufacturer, Widex has vast experience dealing with the challenges of tinnitus. We have had proven success with managing the effects of tinnitus using hearing aids with the popular ZEN program, first introduced to the mind series of hearing aids in 2008, and we now offer this unique technology to everyone who faces the challenges of tinnitus.

Inspired by the results of ZEN, Widex introduces a new tinnitus device management called ZEN2GO. Like ZEN, it uses random, soothing harmonic tones to help tinnitus sufferers relax, reduce stress and manage the effects of their tinnitus. ZEN2GO requires no fitting or programming, meaning that hearing care professionals can literally have the device up and running very quickly. In addition, they can also use the time saved to offer professional counselling to clients – an important aspect in ensuring that they get the best out ZEN2GO.

ZEN2GO occupies a unique position in the market. According to Pernille Vestergaard, Project Manager at Widex, “it is one of the few tinnitus management devices on the market to offer ZEN tones that help in relaxation and help people with their tinnitus. What makes it even more special is that ZEN2GO uses technology that has already been proven to work on tinnitus sufferers.

“It is also very easy for the hearing care professional to fit and they can have it working in no time. So clients can just go in off the street and get professional help very quickly.”

“While there is no cure for tinnitus, we believe ZEN2GO can make a real difference to people’s lives. And that is what Widex always strives to do,” she says.

For more information about ZEN2GO, see or

Widex South Africa

0860 326 061

(Press release Widex, February 2013)


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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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