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What to Expect When Visiting an Audiologist in Pretoria.

Hearing loss has now reached an all-time high and is no longer restricted to our more senior citizens, but has become commonplace among subjects of all ages, even affecting some pre-teenage children. Where, traditionally, deafness has mainly been associated with heredity, perinatal problems, chronic ear infections, and exposure to ototoxic chemicals, including, paradoxically, certain antibiotics, today, the main culprit has become excessive noise.

Furthermore, while noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) was once mainly encountered among miners, factory workers, and military personnel exposed to gunfire, the average audiologist in Pretoria is increasingly dealing with young subjects deafened by noisy rock concerts, night clubs, car stereos, and portable music devices played at full volume through earbuds.

Most of us have experienced temporary deafness, possibly combined with a phantom ringing in the ears, following a sudden loud noise, such as an exploding firework. However, after a day or two, our hearing simply returned to normal. By contrast, eight hours of exposure to a sound level of 85 decibels is enough to cause irreversible hearing loss and the more often a subject is exposed, the worse his or her hearing impairment will become. Whatever its cause may be, an audiologist in a city such as Pretoria will need to conduct some tests in order to determine the extent of the impairment and its nature, as well as to decide on the best way in which to assist the patient to manage it.

Currently, there is no way to reverse hearing loss, so the main focus remains on preventing it from becoming worse and helping patients to function effectively despite their condition. To do so, the patient will require some form of assisted hearing device and the various tests carried out serve as a guide as to which particular device is likely to be most effective for any given individual.

After a preliminary examination to rule out an infection or a blockage due to some foreign body or excess earwax, an audiologist in Pretoria will then proceed to conduct an audiogram. This is a sort of graph that indicates at which frequencies hearing loss is evident and its extent. The process is quite painless and involves the subject listening to a tone played through earphones and indicating when he or she is first able to hear it.

It is also important to determine whether the loss of hearing is the result of a problem with the conduction of sound waves by the outer and middle ear or due to a diminished ability to sense them upon reaching the inner ear. An audiologist from Your Hearing in Pretoria will perform the Rinne and Weber tests to differentiate these.
Nadine Treurnich – Clinical Audiologist
Nadine graduated at the University of Pretoria in 2010, where she completed her degree in B. Communication Pathology: Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology with distinction.  She has eight years of experience in the field of audiology and managing practices.  Her passion lies in the early identification and intervention of hearing loss, education regarding hearing deterioration and building of relationships within the field of clinical audiology.

“I wanted to persue a field of practice where I could have a positive effect in my community.  I am passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals experiencing hearing deterioration and hearing loss.  I thoroughly enjoy working with both people as well as technology.  The field of audiology offers a unique opportunity for me to create a positive and effective relationship between the above mentioned areas.  I strive to develop a strong, trusting relationship with my patients and provide them with the psychological, informational and medical support that those with hearing loss need.  I am very proud to work at YourHearing as we are dedicated to help people with hearing loss with the very best and latest information and technology” – Nadine Treurnich
Liezl Dale – Director
Liezl graduated at the University of Pretoria in 2004, where she completed her degree in B.Communication Pathology.  She has 14 years of experience in the field of audiology and managing practices in a retail setting.  Her passion lies in the improvement, continuous development and growh of audiology practices, ensuring continuous refinement of the service delivery within the field of audiology.

“I have realized that, in the 14 years I have worked in the hearing industry, that there is still a big area of improvement when it comes to delivering professional hearing service, and simultaneously creating a personal hearing experience for each patient.  YourHearing was built on the belief that it’s not only important to deliver high quality hearing service, but also necessary to make a difference on a personal level to each of our patients.  I am also passionate about enabling other audiologists to live out their dreams within the framework of our practice. I truly believe that it is much better to give back to others and the community through serving others than it is to receive “– Liezl Dale
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