Welcome to the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology. The department was established on 20th June 2018 under the faculty of Allied health and Basic Sciences, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research. The objective of the department is to provide professional training and clinical services of the highest standard.
The field of speech and hearing is concerned with the diagnosis and management of communication disorders. Speech-language Pathologists cater to persons with disorders such as delay in language development, autism, cognitive-communication disorders, stuttering, cleft lip and palate, voice and swallowing disorders, among others. Audiologists attend to persons with hearing impairment, tinnitus, disorders of balance, and related issues.
The incidence of communication disorders in the country is estimated to be about 2.6%. It puts a huge burden on the family. Many of these problems are preventable or can be addressed effectively if identified early. Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research has established a new Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. It is hoped that those affected with speech and hearing disorders in and around Kolar will avail of our clinical services. The department would be offering many innovative clinical programs encompassing the state of technology for the benefit of our population.
“The vision is to be a part of the world body of experts in the field and shape programs and policies relating to speech and hearing in the country”.
“Establish state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for persons with speech-language and hearing disorders.”.
The affected clinical population in and around Kolar had to go to Bangalore or Mysore all these years for availing clinical services. It was a time consuming and costly process. Besides, speech-language therapy being a prolonged affair, most of the people could not get speech and hearing services on a long term basis. Thanks to the initiative of the Academy, our people can get such services near to their doorsteps at RLJH. The department of speech pathology and audiology has state-of-the-art infrastructure to evaluate and manage communication disorders. Furthermore, we are providing a comprehensive speech, language, swallowing and hearing evaluation and management under one roof. Besides, people who require complementary services can visit the other clinical departments of the hospital.
The speech-language pathology unit at the department is actively involved in the assessment and management of individuals with various speech, language, and swallowing disorders. The speech-language pathology section has multiple specialized units such as professional voice care unit, augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia clinic, and telemedicine. A detailed assessment is carried out using instrumentation, test materials, and specialized software.
The audiology unit at the department is actively involved in the identification, assessment, and management of individuals with hearing and balance disorders. The department has state of art facilities to assess and evaluate the hearing loss of all ages at an affordable cost and the people do not have to go to Bangalore or Mysore to avail of these services. The department has been disbursing hearing aids of different types at a discounted price (25%). In addition, the department is planning to launch a cochlear implant program which will be very beneficial for children with congenital hearing loss.
Assessment of hearing is carried out through the following specialized tests
Management of hearing, balance, and related disorders through
Disorders commonly diagnosed and managed at the department
The department has the expertise and facility to evaluate and treat the following disorders
|1||Dr. M Jayaram||Professor and HoD||Post-Doctoral, Ph.D., M.Sc.|
|2||Ms. H M Apoorva||Assistant Professor in Audiology||M.Sc (Audiology), B.Sc. (Sp & Hg)|
|3||Mr. A V Sumanth||Assistant Professor in Speech-language Pathology||M.Sc. B.Sc. (Sp & Hg)|
|4||Mr. S Lokheshwar||Speech-language Pathologist Grade – I||M.Sc. B.Sc. (Sp & Hg)|
|5||Mr. M Abhijith||Audiologist Grade – I||M.Sc (Audiology), B.Sc.(Sp & Hg)|
|6||Ms. Anu Lokheshwar||Speech-language Pathologist Grade – I||M.Sc, B.Sc. (Sp & Hg)|
|7||Ms. K K Julia||Audiologist Grade – I||M.Sc (Audiology) B.SLPA|
Speech-language pathologists are the health care professionals who are involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.
Audiologists are the health care professionals who are involved in the prevention, diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders.
You can avail yourself services for speech and hearing issues at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Sri R. L. Jalappa hospital and Research Center, Tamaka, Kolar. The department is housed on the 4th floor of the CARE building of the academy.
The duration of speech therapy and progress differs from child to child. It also depends on the type and severity of the disorder and the amount of home training given.
The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology has state of the art infrastructure and facilities for the evaluation and management of communication disorders. We have specific test materials to evaluate and diagnose the severity of various speech and language disorders and subsequently provide speech-language therapy. Hearing aids are available at a discounted price.