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Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

Hearing technology - the latest

Powerful hearing aids, cochlear implants, cordless FM systems. Take a look at the most recent developments in hearing technology.

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Take a look at the most recent developments in hearing technology:

Powerful hearing aids. Hearing aids can reinforce sound to such an extent that you can communicate effectively even if you have only one per cent hearing. The latest aids use digital technology which has resulted in a dramatic improvement in sound quality. Prices range from R2 500 to R40 000.

Cochlear implants. The technology is so good that people who are technically deaf can hear again. Implantation costs about R185 000.

Cordless FM systems. These systems eliminate background noise and were designed to help students who have hearing aids or cochlear implants in a classroom situation. A small microphone attached to the teacher's collar picks up her voice and sends the sound waves through cordless technology directly to the child's hearing aid or speech processor. Background noise is eliminated because the child receives the teacher's voice directly into the ear. Prices range from R7 000 to R25 000.

Voice recognition. Some digital hearing aids have this function which can distinguish between speech and noise. Speech is recognised and there is less disturbance caused by background sounds.

Direction focus. Some hearing aids and speech processors can be set to pick up sound coming from the direction in which a person is looking. The program in the speech processor of the cochlear implant is able to distinguish between foreground and background sounds.

(This is an extract of an article that originally appeared in YOU Pulse / Huisgenoot-POLS magazine, September 2007. Buy the latest copy, on newsstands now, for more fascinating stories from the world of health and wellness.)

 

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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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