JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru
About JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing:
JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing was established in Mysore in 2001-02 to meet the increasing need for qualified professionals in speech and hearing. It is affiliated to the University of Mysore and is recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India, Govt. of India. The institute offers a four-year B.Sc. degree in Speech and Hearing Postgraduate courses in MASLP, MSc(Audiology) and MSc(Speech-Language Pathology). Mysuru University recognizes the Institute as a Research Centre. These courses are professional courses designed to produce speech and hearing specialists. They are broadly classified as Speech Pathologists and Audiologists. The Institute trains the speech and hearing professionals to cater to the health issues related to habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals of all age groups (from infants to the very old) with speech and hearing problems.
The staff and students of the institute conduct and attend speech and hearing camps organised by Rotary and Lion clubs in various places. These camps help in bringing awareness among the rural population about speech and hearing problems and remedies available.
A large percentage of the population is affected by speech, language and hearing disabilities. Yet, the availability of professionals to address their needs is woefully inadequate. Speech therapists and audiologists help patients overcome these communication disorders. They initiate speech and hearing capacities in individuals who have not developed them and make efforts to reinstate the lost abilities and speech and hearing. For example, they Assist children who have not learnt to speak because of various reasons, provide a voice to those who have lost it after surgical removal of the voice box and provide speech training to individuals who have lost the ability to speak. Furthermore, they evaluate and treat speech disorders which are due to neurological or other etiology. In addition to this, they provide useful information to ENT specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders.