Who is Natalie Buttress?
I’m a mother, a daughter, a wife and a professional, and I’d really like to be the audiologist that you choose to take care of your hearing. I really care about people, and communication! Quality of life is founded on our relationships with each other. I hope to assist in restoring the quality of life of people with hearing loss. Two of the members of my family are hearing impaired. They are wearing stylish, discreet and high quality hearing instruments, fitted by me! They were the original motivation for me to enter my field.
I qualified in 1993 as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist at the University of the Witwatersrand. I achieved two merit awards during my qualification. I have worked in the profession of Audiology since January 1994. I continued my studies while working, and in 2000, I qualified with a Master’s degree in Audiology (with distinction), also through Wits. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
While my work in clinical practice is most rewarding, I have also lectured around the country (2001-2007), holding workshops covering the developments in hearing technology and meeting the challenges of difficult clinical cases. Two of the hearing aid manufacturers in South Africa asked me to participate as a consultant for some of the past decade. I was also a clinical supervisor at the University of Cape Town for two years, mentoring 4th year students before they joined the profession as clinicians. I maintained clinical practice throughout this time.
I served as President of the South African Speech, Language Hearing Association (SASLHA) in 2001. In 2003, I was awarded Widex’s International Senso Diva award in Denmark, amongst audiologists from 14 countries. It was awarded for improving the quality of life for people with hearing difficulties. Recently, I was nominated and became a finalist in the Sage Small Business Awards (Cape Talk and Radio 702). Nominations are geared to acknowledge people in business who focus on the quality of their service delivery- which is a primary goal of our practice. I currently serve as the Chairperson of the Ethics and Standards Committee for the South African Association of Audiologists.