Meet Carien, an audiologist determined to provide the right hearing aids & solutions
I was inspired to become an audiologist after watching my grandfather struggle with his hearing aids, struggle to communicate and connect with others, and watching him become more and more isolated without a suitable hearing solution. I qualified as an audiologist in 1998 to help people with hearing loss. The difficulties that hearing loss creates in a person’s life can be minimised I order to enrich quality of life. I am passionate about my work and I feel enriched by working with and helping people on a daily basis.
I was awarded my degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology from the University of Stellenbosch in 1998 and in total, I have 19 years’ experience in the field of audiology. I have always had a love for biology and the functioning of the body. My industry allows me to combine my love of biology with technology, whilst also helping others.
For most of my career I have worked in private practices. For 5 and a half years I acted as a specialist Training Audiologist for Unitron South Africa. I was responsible for training other audiologists on new hearing instruments and also assisted with difficult fittings. My experience of working with other audiologists, on varied cases, combined with keeping up to date with all the latest developments in hearing technology enables me to provide each patient with the best possible solution to their hearing requirements.
I joined the NB Hearing team in 2013 and I could not be happier. Here, I can combine technology (fitting, orders and repairs), psychology, and biology in my daily routine. The experience is very fulfilling.
My areas of interest:
- Clinical audiology and hearing testing in conjunction with ENT Specialists.
- Hearing rehabilitation of teenagers and adults
- Talks and information sessions on hearing, causes of hearing loss and rehabilitation and prevention.
- Hearing aid fitting and counselling of patients.
- Technology of hearing aids and the effect it has on the patients’ hearing comfort
I am a member of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA).