Researchers

Dr Talita le Roux

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Pretoria Cochlear Implant Unit
Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Dr Talita le Roux is a senior lecturer in Audiology in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Faculty of Humanities. She is also involved as an audiologist and researcher at the Pretoria Cochlear Implant Unit. Her cochlear implant (CI) research interests include CI outcomes and predictors of CI outcomes, access to CI care, and person- and family-centered care for pediatric and adult CI recipients.

 

Prof Johan Hanekom

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Bioengineering
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Prof Johan Hanekom is a professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of EBIT. He is group head of Bioengineering at UP, is a member of the Pretoria Cochlear Implant Unit, and has been involved with cochlear implants since 1988 when the first House/3M single-channel CIs were implanted in South Africa. His research is centered on understanding the relationship between electrical stimuli, the resulting space-time neural spike train patterns, and perception with a CI. The research involves computer modelling of processing in the central auditory nervous system and psychoacoustics. 

 

Prof Tania Hanekom

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Bioengineering
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Prof Tania Hanekom is a professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of EBIT. Her research is in the area of computational physiology of the electrically stimulated human auditory system. The research aims to create user-specific computer models of the auditory periphery of cochlear implant (CI) users with the objective to develop clinical tools to allow non-invasive model-based diagnostics and model-predicted customization of device parameters.

 

Dr Werner Badenhorst

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Bioengineering
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Dr Werner Badenhorst is a lecturer in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of EBIT. His research is in conductance-based auditory nerve fibre (ANF) models within finite element models of user-specific models of the cochleae with cochlear implants (CIs).  The research investigates how modelling of ANF temporal characteristics and electrically evoked compound potentials can aid in improving the performance of individual CI performance.

 

Dr Rene Human-Baron

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Anatomy
Department of Anatomy

Dr Rene Human-Baron is a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy in the School of Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Her research is in the morphology of the human cochlea as derived from different imaging modalities. The research is complementary to that of Prof Tania Hanekom by constructing databases from which anatomical details of the human cochlea can be derived. In this way, the development of clinical tools to allow for person-specific cochlear models is allowed.

 

Dr Kurt Schlemmer

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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
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Dr Schlemmer is in practice at Hillcrest Private Hospital and is the current co-ordinator for the Durban Cochlear Implant Program. He is an honorary lecturer in the Department of ENT at UKZN and a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria Department of Audiology Speech and Language Pathology. His CI related research interests include quality of life outcomes, facial nerve stimulation and vestibular effects of implantation.

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