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Finding Out Whether You Might Need Hearing Aids in Pretoria.

2019-03-13
Whether in Paris, in Pittsburgh, or in the nation’s administrative capital, Pretoria, the only way to be certain whether or not one might need to be fitted with hearing aids is to pay a visit to an audiologist. Locally, these specialised healthcare professionals are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and must hold a suitable university degree, such as a Bachelor of Communication Pathology, a BA Speech and Hearing Therapy, or a BSc Audiology.

Our auditory acuity tends to diminish as we get older and while it is normally a progressive but fairly slow process, it is prone to progress much faster in some subjects than in others. In these cases, however, it is often an unconscious progression that will almost always be noticed by others long before the subject becomes aware of a problem. Often, a younger subject will be reluctant to admit to a condition traditionally associated with ageing, so he or she may not even consider wearing hearing aids until unable to cope without them.

In Pretoria, as in any modern city, it is a simple matter to arrange a hearing test and the sooner a problem is detected, the easier it will be to manage it. The tests are relatively quick, completely non-invasive, and will cause no discomfort. To begin with, the audiologist will conduct an examination of the ear to rule out conditions that could cause temporary deafness, like a build-up of earwax or an ear infection which might require a referral to a GP or ENT specialist. Thereafter, the true business of confirming or dismissing the need for hearing aids actually begins.

In a typical Pretoria audiology clinic, the subject wears earphones through which a tone of increasing volume is played, and must indicate when it is first heard by pressing a button. The process is repeated at a number of different sound frequencies and each ear is tested separately. Each button that is pressed creates a point on a graph that discloses the frequencies at which assistance is most needed. This, along with a couple of other simple tests involving the use of a tuning fork, enables the audiologist to determine the most suitable hearing aids for a given subject, as well as to adjust them for optimal performance.

Of the various types available from the Pretoria audiologist, Your Hearing, some are designed to be worn behind the ear and are suitable for most subjects, while they also offer smaller models that can be worn in the ear, partly in the ear canal, or completely in the canal. The latter, however, is only suitable for subjects with a mild to moderate degree of impairment.
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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