Dr Neethie L Joseph





Dr Neethie (Lavanithum) Joseph


 031 260 7625





Research Interests

Aural Rehabilitation: Paediatric aural rehabilitation and adult aural rehabilitation.  Family Centred intervention and Person Centred intervention. Parent-child communication and deafness.  South African Sign Language.  Paediatric audiology.  Educational audiology.

Evidence-Bases practice and research methodology


Academic Leader: Audiology

Senior Lecturer

List of Publications


Birdsey, B & Joseph, L (2021) Plurality of perspective: Doctor-parents of deaf children in a low-to middle-income country. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology,142,110610.


Khan, NB & Joseph, L (2020). Healthcare practitioners’ views about early hearing detection and intervention practices in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. South African Journal of Child Health, 4, 4, 200-207.

Peter, V.Z, Paken, J & Joseph, L. (2020). An audiological profile of a cohort of school-aged children with HIV and AIDS attending an antiretroviral clinic in South Africa. South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 67, No 1 | a651 |  https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v67i1.651 

Khan, N.B, Adhikari, M & Joseph. L.  (2018). The hearing screening experiences and practices of primary health care nurses: Indications for referral based on high risk factors and community beliefs about hearing loss. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine;10(1), a1848. https:// doi.org/10.4102/phcfm. v10i1.1848


Blose, Z.M & Joseph, L. (2017).  The reality of everyday communication for a deaf child using sign language in a developing country.  African Health Sciences, 17,4, 1149-1159.

Bagwandin, V., & Joseph, L. (2017). A survey exploring awareness and experience of tinnitus in young adults. South African Journal of Communication Disorders 64(1), a545. https://doi. org/10.4102/sajcd.v64


Appana, D, Joseph, L . & Paken J, 2016 . An audiological profile of patients infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis at a district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 63(1),a154.http://dx,dio.org/10.4102/sajcd.v63i1.154

Makhoba, M & Joseph, L. (2016). Practices and views of Audiologists regarding Aural Rehabilitation services for adults with acquired hearing loss. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 63(1),a155.http://dx,dio.org/10.4102/sajcd.v63i1.155

Joseph L, Alant, E & Borman, J, (2008).  The influence of sign graphics on the learning of signs.   Proceedings of 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication , 2-7 August 2008, Montreal, Canada.


Harty, M., Joseph, L. Wilder, J. & Rajaram, P. (2007). Social support and families of children with disabilities: towards positive family functioning. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 37, 3, 18-21.


Joseph. L (Neethie). 2004. Developing Literacy skills in deaf children: a case for early communication and parent involvement. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Deaf Education. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 14-15 September 2001.


Joseph, L. & Alant, E. (2000).  Strangers in the house? Communication between mothers and their hearing impaired children who sign.  South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 47, 15-24.


Joseph, L (2000).  Bilingual education for deaf children: the challenge to the professions of speech- language pathology and audiology.  Proceedings of 2nd International Symposium on Communication Disorders in Multilingual Populations.  18- 21 July 2000.  Kwa Maritane Pilanesburg National Park. South Africa.