Meet Natalie, an audiologist with a 25 year history, being passionate about people and communication
I grew up with two hearing-impaired family members. Wanting to help them to hear and enjoy a better quality life is one of the main reasons that I became an audiologist. I have always had an interest in the fields of medicine and electronics. In my profession, I am able to combine these passions while also assisting patients in optimising their hearing potential. Watching people enjoy a better quality of life with their hearing aids is life-changing and the rewards, plentiful.
I qualified as an audiologist in 1993 after completing my Honours in Speech and Hearing Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since 1994, I have been active in the profession of audiology, while also continuing my studies. In 2000, I obtained my Masters in Audiology (with distinction) from the same university. NB Hearing is my own, private audiology practice which I opened in 1995.
Throughout my career I have also acted as an educator; I was a Senior Clinical Supervisor of Audiology for 4th year students at Stellenbosch University (2002 – 2003) and the University of Cape Town (2004 – 2005). I have also worked as a consultant for some of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in South Africa, including Oticon and Widex, and I have also volunteered on various boards connected to audiologist organisations.
By staying up to date with the latest developments in the industry and committing myself to participating in lectures and talks about hearing, hearing loss, technology, and counselling for the uptake of amplification, while also respecting ethics that apply to the profession of audiology, I aim to provide the best possible service to my patients.
Some highlights in my career:
- President-Elect, South African Speech Language Hearing Association (SASLHA) June 2000 – June 2001
- President, SASLHA June 2001 – June 2002
- President-Past, SASLHA: June 2002 – June 2003
- South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA) Ethics and Standards Committee: 2014-2018
- Chairperson of SAAA Ethics and Standards Committee: 2015-2018
- International Senso Diva Award from Widex South Africa, for bringing quality of life to patients with hearing loss (amongst 14 countries!)
- Finalist in the 94.5 Cape Talk/Sage Small Business Awards (2013) for service excellence
I am registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and am a member of the South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA).