Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

An audiogram

An audiogram is the result of a hearing test. On a pure-tone audiogram two qualities of a person’s hearing are shown.

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An audiogram is the result of a hearing test. On a pure-tone audiogram, two qualities of a person’s hearing are shown, namely:

  • The intensity of a sound – how soft/loud a sound is (measured in decibel).
  • The different sounds from low to high frequencies a person can hear (measured in Herz).

The softest intensity a normal hearing person can hear is approximately 0-14dB. Normal speech at a distance of one metre is approximately 60dB, while a loud sound that causes pain or discomfort is 130-140dB.

Identification without follow-up is worthless. A person's hearing can be determined with a series of tests, and never after a single test.

 

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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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