Audiology India (Non-Governmental Organization): Background, Mission, and Accomplishments Hearing loss is a global health concern, particularly in the low- and middle-income countries. Some of the reasons for this include, higher prevalence of hearing loss in these countries, lack of adequate awareness on hearing loss and its consequences, limited access to hearing care services to in suburban/rural areas, and ... Article
Article  |   November 30, 2016
Audiology India (Non-Governmental Organization): Background, Mission, and Accomplishments
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vinaya Manchaiah
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioral Science and Learning, Linköping University,Linköping, Sweden
    Audiology India (NGO)-Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Vijayalakshmi Easwar
    Audiology India (NGO)-Mysore, Karnataka, India
    National Centre for Audiology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Sriram Boothalingam
    Audiology India (NGO)-Mysore, Karnataka, India
    The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Spoorthi Thammaiah
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    Audiology India (NGO)-Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Vinaya Manchaiah has no has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Sriram Boothalingam has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Vinaya Manchaiah has no has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Vijayalakshmi Easwar has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Sriram Boothalingam has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Spoorthi Thammaiah has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Vinaya Manchaiah, Vijayalakshmi Easwar, and Sriram Boothalingam serve as Board of Directors for Audiology India. Spoorthi Thammaiah is a volunteer for Audiology India.
    Nonfinancial: Vinaya Manchaiah, Vijayalakshmi Easwar, and Sriram Boothalingam serve as Board of Directors for Audiology India. Spoorthi Thammaiah is a volunteer for Audiology India.×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / International & Global / Part 1
Article   |   November 30, 2016
Audiology India (Non-Governmental Organization): Background, Mission, and Accomplishments
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 12-19. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG17.12
History: Received August 19, 2016 , Revised October 14, 2016 , Accepted November 6, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 12-19. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG17.12
History: Received August 19, 2016; Revised October 14, 2016; Accepted November 6, 2016

Hearing loss is a global health concern, particularly in the low- and middle-income countries. Some of the reasons for this include, higher prevalence of hearing loss in these countries, lack of adequate awareness on hearing loss and its consequences, limited access to hearing care services to in suburban/rural areas, and high cost of such services. To make matters worse, health care services provided by the government in developing countries such as India are limited, and services provided by for-profit institutions are expensive. Therefore, there is a need for other stakeholders (e.g., non-governmental organizations) to bridge this service gap. In this paper, we introduce Audiology India (AI) to readers, an organization that is striving to improve ear and hearing health care services in India.

We begin this paper by providing an overview of the current status of hearing care services in India. Next, we describe the background of AI, its mission, and accomplishments. Briefly, the goals of AI are: (a) to provide community-based hearing care services to individuals with no access to mainstream ear-care; (b) to conduct campaigns to raise public awareness about hearing loss and avenues for its prevention; (c) to carry out need-based research to continuously fine-tune our services and advance audiology in India; and (d) to offer consultancy services related to ear and hearing care.

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