Michael Fourie has compassion for people and is passionate about working with the elderly and assisting them in returning to a normal social life. Together with our excellent support staff, we do our best to offer our skills with ethical and caring service and repairs at competitive and reasonable pricing. Our team of knowledgeable and caring individuals will gladly go the extra mile to find the best solution to the client’s requirements.
The Hearing Care Centre was established in 1995 by Michael Fourie, who had obtained his degree in Pharmacy before qualifying and practising as a Hearing Instrument Acoustician. The Hearing Care Centre has not aligned itself with any single brand of hearing instrument as this allows us to provide the best hearing device to suit our clients’ particular hearing profile and lifestyle.
Your ear is an amazing organ that, simply put, turns sound waves in the air into information in your brain. It can perceive sounds ranging from barely audible to very loud, differentiate their loudness and distance, and pinpoint the direction of a sound source to an amazing degree of accuracy.
Normal hearing occurs when sound enters the external ear, travels through the ear canal and reaches the eardrum. The eardrum vibrates in response to the sound and this causes vibration in a chain made up of three tiny bones in the middle ear.
The vibration is then transferred to the inner ear or cochlea, which consists of nerve fibres (hair cells) that receive sound. Different hair cells are responsible for receiving different pitches of sound. From here, the signal is transferred via the auditory nerve to the auditory cortex of the brain where the signal’s message is understood.
The effect of hearing impairment is subtle, yet devastating. Some are not even aware of it. Tragically, only a fraction of those do something about it. Normal sound perception is a vitally important factor in our lives. Yet, all too often it's taken for granted. Our listening environment is shaped by a sound in a complex ever-present background, much of which is beneath our awareness.
We are also able to assist patients with hearing instrument repairs.