Associate Professor Lebogang Ramma


Au.D (UF-Gainesville), MPH (Wits), CCC-A


Born in Molepolole, Botswana. I did my Audiology training in the US; BA Comm. Science & Disorders (California State University, Fresno), MA Comm. Dis. -Audiology (San Diego State University), Doctor of Audiology (Au.D)- University of Florida, Gainesville, Masters in Public Health-Health Policy & Management (Wits) and PG Dip. Health Economics (UCT).

Teaching Areas

Speech and Hearing Sciences and Public Health Audiology

Research focus areas

Epidemiology of hearing loss, Public Health Audiology.

I am currently involved in the following areas

  1. A profile of patients seen at Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinics in the Public Health sector

  2. Population Survey of Hearing Impairment in Cape Town Metropolitan Area

  3. Genetic Basis of Cisplatin Ototoxicity

  4. Economic Evaluation of Decentralized Models of MDR-TB management

Selected Publications

  1. Ramma, L & Lbekwe, T. (2012) Efficacy of utilizing patient self-report of auditory complaints to monitor aminoglycosides ototoxicity in a group of adults with drug-resistant TB. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16(2), 283.

  2. Ramma L, Lbekwe TS. (2012). Cochleo-vestibular clinical findings among drug resistant Tuberculosis Patients on therapy-a pilot study. Int Arch Med., 31;5(1):3.

  3. Lbekwe, TS, Ramma, L & Chindo BA (2012). Management of sensorineural hearing loss: Potential role of stem cell. Journal of Laryngology & Otology, doi:10.1017.

  4. Ramma, L, Petersen, L & Singh, S. (2011) Vuvuzelas at South African soccer matches: Risks for spectators' hearing. Noise & Health, 13:71-75

  5. Ramma, L. (2011) Vuvuzela media coverage during the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup tournament: Impact on raising awareness of noise-induced hearing loss. Noise & Health, 13(55), 415-423

  6. Kathard, H, Ramma, L, Pascoe, Jordaan, H, Moonsamy, S, Wium, A et al (2011). How can speech therapists and audiologists enhance language and literacy outcomes in South Africa? (And why we urgently need to). South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 58; 59-71.

  7. Jelsma, J & Ramma, L. (2010). How do children at special schools and their parents perceive their Health Related Quality of Life compared to their peers? Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 8:72.

  8. Ramma, L. (2009). Primary school teachers' knowledge of the impact of poor classroom acoustics on speech perception and learning. South African. Journal of Communication Disorders, 56, 35-47.

  9. Khoza, K., Ramma, L, Mophosho, M., & Moroka, D (2008).Speech Reception Threshold Testing in Second Language English Speakers in South Africa. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 55; 26-39.

  10. Rethinking our Classroom Spaces; status of classroom acoustics in South African School - Education as Change Journal - Dec 2007