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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.

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:

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Infographic: A visual guide to tinnitusUnderstanding tinnitus

 

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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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