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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Dr Maggi Soer

POSITION: Senior Lecturer

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

B Log (UP); Marriage Guidance and Counseling (UNISA); M Log (UP); D Phil (UP)

CURRENT SUBJECTS:

Audiology: Diagnostic Audiology; Rehabilitation of the Hearing-impaired; Noise-induced Hearing Loss and Industrial Audiology; Instructional Design.

RESEARCH OUTPUT / PUBLICATIONS:

2000     Hugo, R. du Plessis, S. & Soer, M. Spanfunksionering in ‘n preprimêre program vir leerders met spesiale opvoedkundige behoeftes. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Opvoedkunde / SA Journal of Education. Vol 20 Nr 4. Nov 2000.

2001     Hugo, S.R. & Soer, M.E. Oto-acoustic emissions- overview of a decade of research from the University of Pretoria. SASHLA National Conference.Trends from the Past – Directions for the Future: University of Pretoria.

2002     Soer, M.E., Pottas, L. & Edwards, A.L. Characteristics of noise induced hearing loss in gold miners. Health SA Gesondheid. Vol 7. Nr 2. pp 78-88.

2003     De Waal, R., Hugo, S.R., Soer, M.E. & Kruger, J.J. Predicting Hearing Loss from Otoacoustic Emissions using an Artificial Neural Network. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Vol 49. pp 28-39.

2006     Strauss S., Pottas, L. & Soer, M. What infants with hearing loss need, what South African audiologists offer. International Paediatric Conference, April 2006

2007     Vermaas, R.L., Edwards, A.L., Soer, M.E. Noise exposure in gold miners: 2003          De Waal, R., Hugo, S.R., Soer, M.E. & Kruger, J.J. Predicting Hearing Loss from Otoacoustic Emissions using an Artificial Neural Network. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Vol 49. pp 28-39.

2007   Vermaas, R.L., Edwards, A.L., Soer, M.E. Noise exposure in gold miners: utilising audiogram configuration to determine hearing handicap. Occupational Health Southern Africa. Vol. 13 (5). pp16-19. 

2008     Naudé, A.M., Avenant, C., Soer, M E, Wolfowitz, B.  Pure Tone Audiometry in                              Menier’s Disease. SA Journal of Audiology.

 

2009     Biagio, L. Swanepoel, D, Soer, M. Objective assessment of Noise-Induced

            Hearing Loss. Occupational Health Southern Africa. 15 (4) pp 26-32.

 

2009     Taye, A. Soer, M. Abiodun, K. Effect of Use of Personal Protective devices among Oil Depot Industrial Workers in Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation. Vol. 14, No.1&2. (Issue No 22). pp 40-45

 

2009     Vermaas, RL, Edwards AL & Soer, ME. Noise Pollution: Impact and Mitigation. ( Ed. VM Pillai). Chapter 8: Noise exposure in Gold Miners: Utilizing Audiogram Configuration to

              Determine Hearing Handicap.

2010     Marx, E.M.M., Soer, M.E. & Dick, A.L. The ability of adolescents with hearing loss in special schools to access and use academic material in three provinces in South Africa. Mousaion. 29 (1) 2011. South African Journal of Information Studies. pp 37-55.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Development of material for speech discrimination testing in the South African context
  • Acoustic shock syndrome
  • The hearing profile of people infected with AIDS
  • Oto-acoustic emissions
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Instructional design   


ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

SASHLA (Ethics and Standards Committee); SABS (Working Group 43); HPCSA- SGB Working Group.


CONTACT DETAILS (office):

(012) 420 2304

Fax: (012) 420 3517

e-mail: maggi.soer@up.ac.za


RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Research with the Outer Hair Cell Scan (OAE-algorithm) on different subject groups; to determine validity of the procedure.
  • Research on “Acoustic Shock Syndrome” with undergraduate students. 


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

2005 SASOM congress. Audiometry and the interpretation of audiograms

2005 School of Public Health: Noise-induced hearing loss and the interpretation of audiograms

2005 SASOM: Audiometry and the interpretation of audiograms

2006 SAPEMA Safety Day on Hearing: Hearing Protection and Conservation: How to achieve industry initiatives.

2006 South African Police: Deafness awareness

2006 School of Public Health: Noise-induced hearing loss and the interpretation of audiograms

Since 2007 Soer, M.E. School of Health Systems and Public Health: Audiometry Noise-induced Hearing Loss and the Interpretation of Audiograms.

2008  Soer, ME. I hear you: the fascinating journey of your child’s auditory development. Living and Loving Ed: Angela Barry. March 2008.

2010  Soer M E Presentation at the annual KHRIB Seminar