Meet Natalie, an audiologist

I grew up with two hearing-impaired family members. Wanting to help them hear and enjoy a better quality life was one of the main reasons that I became an audiologist. I have always had an interest in the fields of medicine and electronics. My dad is an electronic engineer and I began to work with circuits at a very young age, developing a love for technology with a purpose. My passion for medicine comes from a love of nature, biology and science. My love of language underpins a dedication to communication. In my profession, I can combine these passions as I assist my patients to repair some of their lost communication abilities and optimise their hearing potential. People enjoy a life-changing, better quality of life with their hearing aids and being the instrument of change is rewarding for me.

I’m an advocate for being fully present. When we ground ourselves in our conscious state of ‘now’ we are fully engaged with our lives. Our awareness is fed by our senses, and being able to hear means that we can truly facilitate connection with our own lives, and with others.

Natalie Buttress

I qualified as an audiologist in 1993, 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 to develop my professional capabilities through experience and further academic study. In 2000, I obtained my Masters in Audiology (with distinction) from the same university. NB Hearing is my own, private audiology practice, opened in 1995. Learning should never end, and currently I am studying towards a post-professional doctoral degree.

Education is so valuable that it is important to give, not only receive. 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 been an independent consultant for some of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in South Africa, including Oticon and Widex. I have, and still volunteer on various boards related to audiology and serve on patients’ organizations.

Foremost in my mind, I honor the ethics of being trusted by my patients to put them first and care for each person to the best of my ability. By staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry, and enthusiastically participating in further development regarding hearing, hearing loss, technology, and counselling for the successful use of amplification, I fulfil my aspirations to provide the best possible service to my patients.

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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
  • Board member of a non-profit patient support group, Decibels of Love 2014-2017
  • Winner of the 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 proud member of the South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA).

When I’m not helping people at work: I am a runner; I love gardening, reading and painting; I practice yoga, I play the piano; I’m an active member of our neighbourhood watch; and I am married with two children, whom I adore (as well as being ‘mom’ to a bird, a dog, some fish and several shrimp!).