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Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

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.

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Tinnitus, which is often referred to as a ringing sound or noises in the ears, is a common problem affecting 10–20% of the population, making it more common than hearing difficulties.

Tinnitus is described as a phantom sound heard mainly in quiet environments, and is perceived to be either in your ears or in your head. Every person experiences tinnitus differently; it can be intermittent or constant, loud or soft or fluctuate in severity and volume.

Unfortunately, tinnitus is often misunderstood by medical professionals, where the worst advice given to tinnitus sufferers is that "you’ll just have to live with it" or "there is nothing that we can do for you".

The bottom line is that there is hope for bothersome tinnitus. By understanding the nature of it, you will be able to regain control. In next week’s article, I will further add to your general knowledge about this common condition.

If you have any concerns with your hearing, be sure to write a question to our Hearing Expert here.

Read more:

Video: Manage tinnitus using mindfulness

Infographic: A visual guide to tinnitusUnderstanding tinnitus

 

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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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