Discipline of Audiology

Dr Neethie Joseph


Dr Neethie (Lavanithum ) Joseph

Academic Leader
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 7625
E-mail: josephl@ukzn.ac.za

Research Interests

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

Evidence-Based practice and research methodology





Dr Joseph obtained her Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Therapy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (former University of Durban Westville) in 1986. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, obtaining her Master of Communication Pathology (Cum Laude) in 1999, and a PhD with a research focus on South African Sign Language and mother-child communication related to deafness in 2009.

She has worked in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (1986-1992) and in the Department of Education (1992-1995). She joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1995 as a lecturer in Speech Therapy and Audiology where she has held the position of Head of Discipline over a number of years.

Dr Joseph has taught in a variety of areas in the Audiology programme.  She teaches extensively in the postgraduate programme at masters and PhD level.  She serves as External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including masters and PhD studies in South Africa in the field of Audiology. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, and published research in a variety of journals.  She is passionate about training audiologists to address the communication needs of individuals with hearing loss.

 List of Publications

Shezi, Z.M.& Joseph, L (2021).  Parental views on informational counselling provided by audiologists for children with permanent childhood hearing loss. South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 68, No 1 | a799 |  https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v68i1.799

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.