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Introduction

Communication is a special bequest to mankind.  To be able to speak and share ones thoughts and knowledge is a boon cherished only by humans in this universe.  But there are few individuals who are unable to experience this gift.  Their world is plunged into silence which has devastating effects on their lives. In the Dept. of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology we cater to such individuals.
 
Since its very establishment, the Department has strived towards providing excellent clinical services, both diagnostic and therapeutic, to individuals with communication impairments.  The department caters to children and adults with audiological problems, speech and language disorders.  It is backed by the innovative technological support for detailed and comprehensive audiological evaluation, aural amplification and rehabilitation, voice assessment, nasality measures, respiratory capacities and swallowing evaluations.  There are also subjective tests ranging from proformas, rating scales, profiles and test batteries to assess the linguistic capacities, scholastic performances, articulation and fluency of children and adults.

Early Intervention Centre (EIC) which has a combined mother – child training program for children with communicative problems is a unique feature of this department.  The speech and language problems of these children and also the academic difficulties are being handled by speech therapists and special educators simultaneously according to a structured therapy program.  The parents are actively involved and constantly given guidance.  The department is also involved in teaching and research activities.  A good number of camps are conducted to promote awareness and early identification of speech and hearing problems in various hospitals and schools.  Conferences and workshops for professionals, teachers, special educators and parents are hosted often.

Clinical Facilities

The Department has well organized clinics which cater to the assessment and therapeutic procedures for individuals with various speech and hearing problems, which are as follows:
Audiology Language Speech 
Outer ear disorders
Middle ear pathology
Cochlear/retrocochlear pathology
Auditory dyssychrony
Central auditory processing disorders
Aural amplification devices
Auditory verbal therapy
Cochlear Implant
Delayed speech and language
Autism
Cerebral palsy
Mental retardation
Hearing impairment
Learning disability
Dementia
Aphasia
Cleft palate
Stuttering
Cluttering
Phonological & Articulation disorders
Dysarthria
Voice problems
Apraxia
Swallowing disorders

The equipment backup for the department include
Audiology  Speech Language Pathology 
Clinical and Diagnostic Audiometers
Middle ear analyzers
Auditory Evoked Potentials
Auditory Steady State Potentials
Otoacoustic Emissions
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
Hearing Aid Analyzer and Real Ear Measurement System
Hearing Aid Analyzer and Real Ear Measurement System
Digital and Analog Hearing Aids (Custom and Modular)
Ear moulds
Kay Computerized Speech Lab
Nasometer-II
Electro-glottography
Multi Dimensional Voice Profile
Aerophone
Spectrography
Vaghmi Voice analysis system
Digital Swallowing Work Station
Computerised therapeutic package
Computerised therapeutic package

This technological back up forms a comprehensive and detailed test battery for Communication Evaluation and Rehabilitation of pediatric & geriatric populations. The early intervention centre (EIC) which is a combined mother -child training program for children with communicative problems is a unique feature of this department. The speech and language problems of these children and also the academic difficulties are being handled by speech therapists and special educators simultaneously according to a structured therapy program. The parents are actively involved and constantly given guidance.