Hlolo Ramatsoma

Hlolo Ramatsoma
Hlolo is a clinical, research & support Audiologist at eMoyo. He is involved in many parts of the business, from consulting to R&D to supporting and training customers. He earned his BSc in Audiology from the University of Cape Town and is an experienced clinical audiologist specialized in ototoxicity monitoring, product specialist and training audiologist.
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6 common questions about insert earphones

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Aug 2, 2018 11:50:00 AM

Over the years, there's been an increase in the use of insert earphones (IE) in audiometry. Although previously supra-aural headphones were part of standard practice, insert earphones perform the same function. Furthermore, various clinical studies have shown that both transducers yield thresholds within 5dB of each other, validating the use of IE. Inserts are simply a foam earplug with tubing that carries the test signal into the ear.

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6 reasons insert earphones should be the audiometry standard

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jul 26, 2018 11:50:00 AM

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.’’ - Bernard Baruch. As clinicians, we often follow the same protocols and procedures we learned in university. These procedures become a habit, we are so used to them that we don’t even think about them anymore. It’s just the way we do it, the way we have always done it.

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Tinnitus, what's all the noise about?

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jul 25, 2018 1:35:10 PM

Imagine having a constant whistling, buzzing or ringing in your ears - all day. You can never escape it, it’s always there. It may seem better or quieter during the day, while watching the television, or while you’re on your favorite ride at the theme park.

But as soon as you lay your head on the pillow, in the quiet of your room, there it is - the annoying sound that won’t go away.

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Q&A: KUDUwave, the Evolution of Audiology - With Dr Dirk Koekemoer

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jun 28, 2018 11:59:00 AM

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and his colleague Watson experienced the very first telephone call in their Boston lab. The call wasn't clear or crisp, but it was the end of the telegraph and the beginning of modern day telephony. Today, the smartphone has further revolutionised the way we see a telephone. It integrates multiple technologies in the palm of your hand; communication is crisp and clear and reaches across the world, it even provides access to the world’s knowledge and photography worthy of a pro. Who, in the 1800’s, would have imagined that this level of technology would be possible?

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Is football fever giving your ears the boot?

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jun 21, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Football fever has masses glued to their TV, computer and cellphone screens. This is an enormous event, loved by football fans across the globe. I must admit, the passion rubs off onto an individual like myself, who is not your average football fanatic. This year, Russia has the privilege of hosting the football World Cup. Football enthusiasts all across the world have geared up to watch the beautiful game live in Russia. Reports claim that bookings made to Russia increased by more than 60% compared to the same period last year.

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Faking it: How To Spot A Malingerer

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jun 7, 2018 12:05:48 PM

Almost every clinician has had a case of malingering. Just a few years ago, while still an undergrad, I came across a patient who was simply ‘faking it’. Sure, most malingerers trip up at some point, but not all of them. Most malingerers don't fully understand the illness or disability they are trying to portray and, like the actors they see on TV, malingerers can only portray a role as well as they understand it. They often overact their part in the belief that the more bizarre their behavior, the more convincing they will be.

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Q&A: Speech Audiometry - With Dr René Hornby

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on May 24, 2018 11:48:49 AM

Speech is the auditory stimulus through which we communicate. Auditory assessment using speech is therefore of great interest in the field of speech and hearing sciences; in fact, it has a long history in the evaluation of hearing from as early as the 1800s. Auditory assessment using speech has been studied as early as 1804, but the validity and reliability of speech testing is as important today as it was then.

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When Helping Hurts

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on May 17, 2018 11:34:50 AM

The audiologist can be a solitary species. Choosing to lose ourselves in our work and focus on patient care instead of the heady social life we see zooming around us. Maybe it's because we are very focused, or perhaps it's because many of us are in some ways introverted. After all, this is the path we chose and we are sticking to it.

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Calibration Is As Important As Exercise, But Why?

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Apr 25, 2018 3:16:45 PM

We are all acutely aware of the fact that in order to stay healthy we need to exercise. We are especially aware after a long cold winter or summer holiday. While the list of benefits we gain from physical activity including longer life, improved vitality and weight-loss, many of us still don't do it.

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Speech testing in Audiometry: Recorded vs. Monitored Live Voice

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Apr 19, 2018 8:54:25 AM

Of the many hearing tests, speech is one of the most fundamental in the test battery. Unfortunately, it has been shown to be one of the tests that audiologists conduct without using procedures that have been shown to be valid and reliable (Martin & Pennington, 1971; Martin & Forbis, 1978; Martin & Sides, 1985; Martin & Morris, 1989; Martin et al, 1994, 1998; Wiley et al,1995). The continued use of monitored live voice (MLV) for speech stimuli presentation is prevalent , despite ample literature indicating why recorded speech should be preferred. (Carhart, 1946, 1965; Brandy, 1966; Kreul et al, 1969; Penrod, 1979; Hood & Poole, 1980; Mullennix et al, 1989; Roeser & Clark, 2008; Wilson & McArdle, 2008; Katz, 2014).

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