AUDIOLOGISTS & SPEECH THERAPISTS

If you are seeking a professional audiologist or speech therapist in Umhlanga and surrounds, you have come to the right place! Reconnect Lifestyle Hearing & Speech Therapy Solutions: Heidi Allan’s Practice is an audiology and speech therapy centre that is home to several qualified and experienced professionals that can assist with a range of audiology and communication requirements. Heidi Allan heads up our practice and the team consists of 3 audiologists and 4 speech and language therapists, as well as 5 administration and support staff.

Patients are seen at the consulting rooms at Umhlanga Hospital Medical Centre, at 22 Old Main Road in Hillcrest, at Kloof Family Healthcare Centre and at Reconnect Balance Clinic at Hillcrest Hospital. The practice also provides speech therapy to many children at schools in KwaZulu-Natal, including Clifton Preparatory and High School, Durban Girls College, Maris Stella and Durban Preparatory High School, while providing hearing screening services to more than 40 schools from Richards Bay to Underberg.

The members at our different practices adopt a team approach and work in association with numerous other medical and educational experts including GPs, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, Paediatricians, Physicians, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists and Educators, to provide the most suitable hearing or speech and language solution to each of our clients.

Hearing Assessment
Hearing Aids
School Hearing Screening
CAPD Assessment
Speech Therapy

“Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.”

– Marlee Matlin

Our hearing & speech therapy services include:

It is our aim to address all communication requirements at our practices. This is done through extensive assessments and diagnoses, and, when required, management and remediation. We specialise in the following areas at Reconnect Lifestyle Hearing & Speech Therapy Solutions: Heidi Allan’s Practice:

  • Hearing assessments for all ages
  • Hearing aid supply and fitting
  • Hearing screening at local schools
  • Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
  • Speech-Language Assessment and Therapy including literacy and learning difficulties
  • Balance assessment
  • Assistance with tinnitus & misophonia

Estimated costs for services offered at our practice:

Hearing Assessment

The cost of a hearing assessment depends on the nature of the patient’s condition and what tests the audiologist is required to conduct. The cost one can expect averages between R900.00 to R1200.00, of which most medical aids cover about 80% depending on what medical aid you are with and what scheme you are on.

The aim of the assessment is to establish whether there is a hearing loss, and if a hearing loss is identified, to establish what has caused the hearing loss. If a medical condition such as wax in the ear, middle ear infection, a perforated ear drum etc. exists, that has caused a temporary, treatable condition, the patient will be referred for a medical opinion and treatment.

CAPD

The cost depends on the nature of the patient’s condition and what CAPD tests the audiologist needs to conduct. On average, the cost is between R3800.00 and R4500.00, 70% of which is usually covered by medical aids depending on what medical aid and scheme you are on.

Language is learned through listening. To learn a language, one needs to be able to attend to, listen to, and separate important speech from all the other noises of daily living, at home, at school and socially. When one’s Central Auditory Processing skills are weak, the child or adult may experience auditory overload, making communication and learning a real challenge.

Hearing Aids-on-Contract

It is now possible to acquire hearing aids on a contract basis with easy terms over 36 months including loss insurance and the manufacturers’ warranty/service plan. Please enquire with our audiologists for more on this service.

If you want to know how to maintain your hearing aids, there are many online videos available to watch. Most hearing aid companies have instruction videos on their websites, showing wearers how to take care of their hearing aids effectively. Here are the links to Signia and Widex’s maintenance videos:

http://www.signia-hearing.com/how-to-videos/
http://www.widex.co.za/en-za/support/maintenance

Speech Therapy

A speech assessment is approximately R2765.00 of which most medical aids cover about R1726.00, medical aid and scheme dependent. After the initial assessment conducted by a qualified speech therapist at our practice, speech therapy sessions are charged at R395.00 per ½ hour session and most medical aids cover about R247.00 of this amount.

A voice assessment is R1185.00 and most medical aids cover about R850.00 of the total amount, depending on what medical aid you are with and what scheme you are on. Once your assessment is complete, speech therapy sessions cost R395.00 per ½ hour session and most medical aids cover about R247.00 of this amount.

It is our aim to provide reliable assistance for hearing, balance, and speech and language difficulties to clients of all ages at our various practices. Our Umhlanga and Hillcrest branches are now open on most Saturday mornings as well to accommodate more clients.

To find out more about our range of services, or to make an appointment, you are welcome to contact us via or

It is our aim to provide reliable assistance for hearing, balance, and speech and language difficulties to clients of all ages at our various practices. Our Umhlanga and Hillcrest branches are now open on most Saturday mornings as well to accommodate more clients.

To find out more about our range of services, or to make an appointment, you are welcome to contact us via

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