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Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

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.

Do you ever experience a ringing in your ears? Tinnitus is a common hearing problem affecting as many as one in every five people, yet many of us have never even heard of the condition.

It involves hearing a sound, particularly ringing or buzzing noises, when no sound is actually present and can be caused by a number of factors including age-related hearing loss, a build-up of earwax and exposure to loud noises.

In a series of upcoming articles, Health24’s current Hearing Expert, audiologist Tarryn Richardson, will explore the topic of tinnitus with the aim of creating greater awareness of the condition.

If you have been diagnosed with tinnitus or suspect that you may be suffering from the condition, these articles should assist in answering some of your questions.

There will also be a new series of poll questions in the Hearing Centre that focus on the topic of tinnitus. You will find these on the right-hand side of any page in the Hearing Management Centre.

If you have any concerns regarding your hearing, feel free to ask Tarryn Richardson a question on the Hearing Expert forum

Read more:

10 tinnitus facts 

A visual guide to tinnitus 

Managing tinnitus through mindfulness

 

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Hearing Expert

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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