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DEPARTMENTS

Audiology & Speech

Language Pathology

The Department of audiology and speech language pathology provides early identification, evaluation and rehabilitation of speech, language, communication, hearing and feeding difficulties for pediatrics, adults and geriatrics. The department works on a patient oriented multidisciplinary approach to augment the patient’s quality of life.

Services Available in Unit of Audiology

  • Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)
  • Impedance Audiometry
  • Otoacoustic Emission (OAE)
  • Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA)
  • Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR)
  • Hearing Aid Programming
  • Hearing Aid Trial and Fitting
  • Hearing Aid Dispensing Unit
  • Ear Mould Lab

Services Available in Unit of Speech Language Pathology

  • Comprehensive assessment of various speech language disorders
  • Speech Therapy
  • Language Therapy
  • Dysphagia Management
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Unit
  • Home Training Programs
  • Demonstration Therapy
  • Auditory Verbal Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Outreach Programs

** INTERSHIP TRAINING SINCE 2017 FROM EMINENT SPEECH AND HEARING COLLEGES/INSTITUTES/HOSPITALS FROM ALL OVER SOUTH INDIA.
** PROVIDING VOLOUNTARY SERVICES


HOD

Ms. Padma Priya K HOD, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

An expert audiologist and speech-language pathologist with a proven track record and substantial years of experience in planning and administering speech language pathology measures, improvements and evaluations; has the ability to implement appropriate treatments

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Ms. Padma Priya K

HOD, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

An expert audiologist and speech-language pathologist with a proven track record and substantial years of experience in planning and administering speech language pathology measures, improvements and evaluations; has the ability to implement appropriate treatments; excellent project management skills with a proven capacity in utilizing support staff; has the willingness and initiative to participate in special projects, as designated.

Ms. Padmapriya has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Her area of interest is childhood language disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has organized and coordinated various workshops and camps. She conducted many training programs for both parents and professionals. A well established and fully fledged speech and audio lab was constructed in NIPMR from a very small setup was under her guidance and supervision. As a member of multidisciplinary rehabilitation her contribution is well appreciated.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • B.Sc Speech Language and Hearing, ICCONS, SHoranur in 2006
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Attended Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) trainings
  • Certification in Assistive Technology (AT) solutions
EXPERIENCES
  • Worked as Senior Speech Language Pathologist in Thressiamma Memorial Hospital, Kallettumkara
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Sinitha K.M

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

An Audiologist & Speech Pathologist with 7 years of experience in the field of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Her services include screening, assessment and management of speech, language, feeding and hearing disorders in all age groups. She joined NIPMR in 2014 and done contributions in the setting up of full-fledged Audiology and Speech Language Pathology department in NIPMR. She is expert in the evaluation and intervention of speech and language disorders especially in children and also efficient in performing all the diagnostic Audiological Evaluation procedures and providing aural rehabilitation for both pediatrics and adults. Has experience in participating various outreach programs and good at providing trainings and awareness classes for both parents and professionals. Capable of working in a multidisciplinary set up and she is the member of the multidisciplinary team which handles the group sessions of children with learning disability and intellectual disability in NIPMR. She is the coordinator of the internship programs of external BASLP students from various colleges across south India in NIPMR. Areas of professional interest-Diagnostic audiology, Rehabilitation audiology, Learning disability, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

QUALIFICATION
  • Masters in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (MASLP) - [ICCONS, Shornur]
  • Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP) - [ICCONS, Shornur]
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Author of review papers published in both international journal and in NIPMRs journal.
  • Attended trainings in mapping/troubleshooting of cochlear implants and Auditory Verbal Therapy conducted by various cochlear implant companies (Advanced Bionics, Medel, Cochlear etc.
  • Attended Training in Assistive Technology(AT) solutions,2021
  • Worked as Research Associate cum Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist in ICCONS.
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MEKHA RAJ

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

Mekha Raj is an enthusiastic Speech Language pathologist and audiologist who has been working since 2014, with more than 7 years of experience. She is well experienced and dedicated and has achieved superior patient outcomes while participating as a member of a multidisciplinary case management team. Results driven in the areas of providing early identification, management /rehabilitation of Speech Language and Communication Disorders for all population. Pediatric Dysphagia management and AAC researches have been her areas of interest. She currently holds the same position in the project of Regional Autism Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RARRC) under Kerala Social Service Mission at NIPMR. Compassionate and driven professional with a strong work ethics, clinical judgment and empathy to positively contribute to and benefit the team.

QUALIFICATION

Bachelors in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Dr. S R Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech & Hearing, Bangalore.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Paper presentation for the ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY- EXPRESSIONS OF THE SOUL (2017) on the topic of EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND EARLY INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION DELAY.
  • Paper Presentation for the ISHACON (2013-2014) - KNOWLEDGE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AAC INTO PRACTICE - A PRELIMNARY STUDY.
  • Clinical Conference on the topic - DOCUMENTING & REPORTING THE CLEFT LIP & PALATE SPEECH USING UNIVERSAL PARAMETERS during the academic year of 2012-2013.
EXPERIENCES
  • Speech language Pathologist & Audiologist at NIPMR from 2018- till date (current).
  • Senior Speech language Pathologist & Audiologist at National institute of Empowerment of persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) Extension centre at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 2017-2018.
  • Head Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist at ‘MY FIRST STEPS –An early intervention and Rehabilitation multidisciplinary centre at Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamilnadu, 2014-2017.

PROFIECENY: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

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RESHMA FRANCIS

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

An insightful and skilled Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist with more than 4 years of experience in administering tests, diagnosing and planning therapy for speech, language and communication disorders. Skilled in administering diagnostic audiology tests and able to do hearing aid programming and fitting. She has been working with NIPMR since January 2020. Specially working with empowering parents of children with special needs. She is an enthusiastic therapist and shoulders any responsibility given to her. Diagnostic Audiology, hearing aid fitting and AAC research are her area of interests.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, MASLP (AWH SPECIAL COLLEGE, Calicut), 2016-2018.
  • Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, BASLP (ICCONS, SHORANUR), 2007-2011.
ACHIEVEMENTS

Presented a scientific paper entitled “IMPACT OF AGING ON SYNTAX IN NEUROTYPICAL INDIVIDUALS” in the National seminar on Multidisciplinary approach in assessment and management of Cerebral Palsy at Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut.

EXPERIENCE
  • Worked as Audiologist and Speech Language pathologist : Auralfon Hearing Hub, Thrissur (January 2019 – Jan 2020)
  • Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist at Paravur Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation centre(January 2014 to January 2015) and
  • Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist Deepa Hospital, Bangalore (September 2011 to September 2012).

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam, Hindi

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ANITTA VARGHESE

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

Passionate Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist with 5 years+ experience in assessment & management of Speech Language Disorders & Hearing Disorders for all populations. She has been working at NIPMR as an Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist since 2017. Her areas of interest include diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology for adult and geriatrics. She shows great initiative, positive attitude in her work and also approachable.

QUALIFICATION

Bachelor in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Dr. M.V.Shetty College of Speech and Hearing, Mangalore

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Training on AUDITORY VERBAL THERAPY, 2018.
  • Article on “Hearing Loss and Management” in REHAB KALEIDOSCOPE journal at NIPMR 2020.
EXPERIENCE

Worked as a Speech Language Pathologist & Audiologist in Ephatha speech and hearing clinic from 2015 -2016.

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam, Kannada

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ATHIRA T R

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

A Dynamic Audiologist and Speech Language pathologist at NIPMR with more than 4 years of experience. She is an expert in assessment and rehabilitation of speech language and hearing disorders in all populations. She has developed a keen interest in the area of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) and in speech disorders. She is involved in training programs for parents and professionals on different topics and also in Audiological camps organized by NIPMR. She is well organized and a reliable team member.

QUALIFICATION

Bachelor in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP) from Marthoma College of Special Education , Kasaragod under Kerala university of Health Science (KUHS)- 2013 to 2017.

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Attended Training on mapping/troubleshooting of cochlear implants and Auditory Verbal Therapy conducted by various cochlear implant companies (Advanced Bionics, Medel, Cochlear etc. (2018 ,2019)
  • uditory Verbal Therapist under Sruthitharangam project Government of Kerala, since 2018 at NIPMR
  • Attended Training in Assistive Technology(AT) solutions,2021
EXPERIENCE

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist(ASLP) at NIPMR ,2017 to till the date.

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam

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MEGHA BABU

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

Insightful Speech language pathologist and audiologist, holds 3 years+ experience in her respective field. Skilled in patient evaluation and developing treatment programs. Experienced in working with multidisciplinary team to assure the best services for clients. Her areas of interests are Autism Disorders Management, Pediatric Neurodevelopment Disorders and Augmentative & Alternative Communication. She is instrumental in creating public awareness on Autism Spectrum Disorder via online platform. Has took lead role in implementing online speech therapy at NIPMR during alarming times of pandemic. Done active coordination of Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology to participate in World Hearing Day, 2021 organised by World health organization (WHO). Currently holds the same position in the project of Regional Autism Rehabilitation and Research Centre (RARRC) under Kerala Social Service Mission at NIPMR. Empathetic and compassionate with excellent psychological resilience and interpersonal communication skills to thrive in a team to procure professional excellence.

QUALIFICATION

Bachelors in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology, ICCONS, Palakkad, 2011-2015.

EXPERIENCE

Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist at NIPMR 2015-2017, 2020-till date

PROFICIENCY : English, Malayalam,Hindi

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ANJITHA C JAINU

Hearing Aid & Earmould Technician

An Highly trained Hearing Aid and Earmould Technician with strong clinical abilities and has an experience of 5 years in a variety of settings ranging from hospital, private clinic to current State Government Institute. She is extremely passionate about providing exceptional care and devising treatment plans for individuals dealing with hearing loss.

Skill Set
  • Maintain or repair hearing aids.
  • Create or modify impressions for earmolds and hearing aid shells.
  • Train clients to use hearing aids or other augmentative communication devices.
QUALIFICATION

Diploma in Hearing Aid & Earmould Technology,(All India Institute of Speech and Hearing(AIISH),Mysore)

EXPERIENCE
  • Earmould technician at NIPMR ,2020 to till the date
  • Worked as an Earmould Technician in WIDEX INDIA PVT.LTD,Bangalore(2018);
  • JK Speech & Hearing Centre ,Kollam (2017-2018); Haaroon Speech& Hearing Centre, Kollam (2017)
ACHIEVEMENTS

Attended Trainings in Earmould Making and Hearing Aid Repair at NISH Trivandrum (2020) and AIISH Mysore(2016).

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil

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NAVYA T.R

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

Enthusiastic speech pathologist and audiologist with one year experience and motivated to make positive impact on children and adults using extensive knowledge of speech language and audilogical issues. Friendly and flexible approach. Knowledgeable in latest assistive technologies. She has been working with NIPMR since july 2021. Specially working with empowering parents of children with special needs.

QUALIFICATION
  • Master of audiology and speech language pathology, MASLP(AWH SPECIAL COLLEGE, CALLICUT)2016-2018
  • Bachelor of audiology and speech language pathology, BASLP (ICCONS, SHORANUR)2012-2016
  • Speech language pathologist and Audiologist and Thrissur speech and hearing centre (dec 2018-nov 2019)

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam, Hindi

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DEFIYA ROSE JOY

Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist

Registered Audiologist and Speech language pathologist with two year of experience, skilled in providing ethical and high quality speech, language, cognitive, and dysphagia assessment and treatment to children and adults. She is also Experienced in hearing aid programming and fitting. She has been working with NIPMR since july 2021, specially working in the training and empowerment program for parents of children with special needs.

QUALIFICATION
  • Bachelors in audiology and speech language pathology from BABY memorial Hospital, Calicut (2015-2019)
EXPERIENCE
  • Audiologist and speech language pathologist at Sacred heart missing Hospital, Irinjalakuda (feb 2020- march 2021
  • Audiologist and speech language pathologist at Aawaaz speech and hearing centre (sep 2019- jan 2020)

PROFICIENCY: English, Malayalam, Hindi