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Smith - Medical-Social Researcher - Minneapolis, MN, USA

Magteld Smith

Minneapolis, MN, USA


Medical-Social Researcher


International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with specific focus on disabling hearing impairment/hearing loss/deafness

Work History

Medical-Social Researcher

University of the Free State, South Africa


Genetic testing for congenital hearing loss

With recent progress in the identifications of genes for hearing loss, it is highly likely that genetic testing for hearing loss will become the cornerstone of diagnosis of hearing loss. Hearing loss is a complex process therefore; the causes of hearing loss are also complex. Linkage analysis in persons with hearing loss has revealed an overabundance of chromosomal locations linked to deafness reflecting the extreme heterogeneity of hearing loss. The overwhelming majority of cases of hearing loss in children are attributable to genetic causes. Understanding the genetic causes of hearing loss has important benefits such as, through improved language, mental health, education placement, communication choices, and employment prospects.

Qualifications & Certifications

De la Bat School for the Deaf, Worcester, South Africa

Masters in Development Studies

University of the Free State

Masters in Governance and Political Transformation

University of the Free State

Ph.D Cost of disabling hearing impairment in South Africa

University of the Free State

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