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Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small system which amplifies sound. It consists of a microphone, an amplifier and a receiver.

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A hearing aid is a small system which amplifies sound. It consists of a microphone, an amplifier and a receiver.

Advances in the development of hearing aids over the last few years have brought a new dimension to the aid available to help the hearing impaired person to hear and more importantly to decipher speech despite background noise.

Hearing aids differ in size – from the older behind-the-ear type to a very small, almost unnoticeable hearing aid which fits in the ear canal.

A key to success in helping hearing impaired people adjust to the hearing world (socially as well as professionally) is the early examination of hearing loss, accurate diagnosis and the fitting of high technology hearing aids which meet the unique needs of the hearing impaired person.

Unfortunately some people wait as long as ten years before they address the problem. If a hearing loss is left untreated for a long time, the person’s ability to hear speech will gradually decrease up to the point where she begins to isolate herself by avoiding situations where communication is necessary – especially in a crowd. This could lead to depression and stress-related illnesses.

 

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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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