Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

Marissa's fourth month

An interesting thing recently happened. One of my friends, Patricia, received a cochlear implant. The apparatus was switched on for the first time last Monday and it was a very emotional moment for her.

I've been ill for a while with an ear infection. In fact, ill enough that I could not wear my hearing aids. Carina had new earpieces made two weeks ago and I am waiting anxiously to receive them. They should be arriving this week.

My hearing and speech therapy are both progressing well. The university is currently closed, but Marjan was prepared to carry on with speech therapy throughout the holidays, so that there would not be an interruption. I am very grateful to her for this.

An interesting thing recently happened. One of my friends, Patricia, received a cochlear implant. The apparatus was switched on for the first time last Monday and it was a very emotional moment for her. I chatted to her at a party on Friday night, because I am really interested in how she is benefiting and progressing. The reason for this is that I might consider going down that road if it is a great improvement.

According to what Patricia says, it sounds as if her experiences were similar to mine when my Widex hearing aids were switched on for the first time. She used to wear hearing aids, but did not really get much out of them, since she was born deaf and really didn't hear well at all – hearing aid or no hearing aid. It seems that she can hear more or less the same things that I can hear with the hearing aids. There is one difference, though – she can hear someone speaking on the telephone, whereas I cannot, as the hearing aids start whistling as I get near the phone.

Marjan, my speech therapist, says she uses the same methods as will be used for Patricia. It will be interesting to monitor her progress compared to mine. More about this next month.


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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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