WE PROVIDE HEARING AIDS
from various top brands

Hearing aids come in a wide range of styles and colours and are available at different price points. Most medical aids contribute to the cost of hearing aid amplification. The choice of hearing aids is dependent on each individual’s hearing needs, expectations, hearing loss and budget. While a hearing aid can amplify sound, it is far more sophisticated than just an amplifier. Technology has improved in leaps and bounds over the years and we can now expect a great deal more from hearing aids than ever before, particularly regarding speech clarity, hearing in noisy environments and connectivity to cell phones and other devices. Hearing aids today are moving closer to incorporating brain function, making it more affective in amplifying sound for the wearer.

Reconnect Lifestyle Hearing & Speech Therapy Solutions: Heidi Allan’s Practice supplies all types of hearing aids from various international suppliers including those listed below. We have partnered with these internationally known and acclaimed hearing aid brands to ensure that we offer the best possible range of products to our patients.

Hearing Assessment
Hearing Aids
School Hearing Screening
CAPD Assessment
Speech Therapy

“Listen to your inner self, it knows you best.”

– C. Elizabeth

How hearing aids work:

Most hearing aids can adjust the sound amplified based on the sound it picks up. Therefore, if it picks up a soft sound, it will be amplified more than a moderate or a loud sound. Depending on where the hearing loss is, the hearing aid can be programmed to provide more high frequency amplification and less low frequency amplification.

Hearing aids can detect sudden noises and compress sounds to prevent the wearer from being surprised by loud noises. They can also identify and reduce continuous background noise. They can differentiate, to an extent, the difference between a speech signal and a noise signal. Furthermore, hearing aids can be set to deal differently with music than with speech or noise. They can be connected to various forms of technology, such as the TV, cell phone or landline, to improve communication through these devices. However, none of these replace brain function and while the hearing aid is an important step in the process to rehabilitating hearing and communication difficulties, what you do to better your hearing and processing of auditory information is just as important.

A hearing aid has no value without the added benefit of aural rehabilitation. It is like fitting a person who has lost a limb with a prosthetic device and failing to teach them how to use it.

Learning how to effectively use your new hearing aids will include adopting new communication strategies, participating in an aural rehabilitation programme, having patience to allow your brain time to adjust to change, persevere when things seem difficult, to realise that you can’t run the Comrades if you only train for 15 minutes a day and being honest about the improvements that you experience. If the only thing that you dislike about amplification is the sound of your feet on the tiles, that’s not really a significant difficulty, particularly if you are not asking people to repeat themselves as often as before, the television is now turned lower and you are able to participate in conversation around you without putting your foot in it.

Some useful tips for effective hearing aid maintenance:

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

For more on hearing aids and how to achieve the best possible hearing result from your devices, please feel free to reach out to us at Reconnect Lifestyle Hearing & Speech Therapy Solutions: Heidi Allan’s Practice. Get in touch via    or 

For more on hearing aids and how to achieve the best possible hearing result from your devices, please feel free to reach out to us at Reconnect Lifestyle Hearing & Speech Therapy Solutions: Heidi Allan’s Practice. Get in touch via 

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“You know it’s very difficult to be an actor, and to have people depending on you to say the right line, at the right time, and to not be able to hear your cues! I can’t tell you how many times I would’ve had to have said What? if I didn’t have my hearing aids. So my hearing aids have allowed me to practice my craft.”
– Actor Leslie Nielsen