Who is Hanneke Rabé?
I am a passionate person with a love for life and adventure! Family and interpersonal relationships are incredibly important to me and they serve as the driving force behind my professional career. Although hearing loss is regarded as an “invisible disorder”, the effects of hearing loss on a person’s quality of life and interpersonal relationships are visible through the isolation, frustration and withdrawal that people with hearing loss experience. When my patients regain self-confidence after our rehabilitation of their hearing, it rewards me. I simply love what I do.
I qualified as a clinical Audiologist with distinction at the University of Pretoria in 2012. I completed my community service at Chris-Hani Baragwanath Academic hospital in Soweto in 2013 which further fuelled my passion and love for people. This is my fourth year in the private sector which allows me to provide a wide range of rehabilitative services for people with hearing loss.
My research dissertation focussed on recreational noise-induced hearing loss which I studied using two of my absolute passions in life, audiology and cinema. My study defined the level of sound used in different genres, and gave me insights into our modern lives which are filled with sound (and noise)! Some sounds are pleasurable and safe, while others are potentially harmful without us even realising it.
In the public sector, my work included being the coordinator of the Triage service (screening and referring patients to the relevant services within the department), Ward/emergency ENT (Ear-Nose-and-Throat) service (providing diagnostic services for acutely ill patients who are hospitalised) and equipment repairs and procurement service. I grew skills in both pediatric and adult diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation. Private practice has led to an understanding of the wide and constantly developing face of hearing aid technologies and assistive devices. This solid knowledge, coupled with our teamwork, helps us to find and achieve a person’s best potential.
I am registered as a clinical audiologist at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and I am a member of the South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA).