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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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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