A national-level workshop on “Speech specific auditory evoked potentials and its applications” was held under the aegis of JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing in city recently.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. C. Basavaraju, Registrar, University of Mysore, who was the chief guest. Dr. M.N. Nagaraja, Director (Technical), Dr. S.R. Chandrashekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore and Dr. N.P. Nataraja, Director, JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, were the guests of honour. The inaugural function was presided over by R. Mahesh, Director- Medical Education, JSS Mahavidyapeetha.

The guests were introduced to the audience by Wasim Ahmed, Lecturer, JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing.

Dr. Basavaraju, addressing the gathering, said that though technological advancements were easily accessible to the rich, the poor and underprivileged sections of the society were far from getting the benefits. He opined that the advanced facilities shouldn’t be restricted only to the cities but should also reach the rural sectors with easy accessibility as there is a huge population which is in need of these facilities.

He further added that the founders of the Indian Constitution also found the importance of speech thus stating it as a fundamental right of every citizen. Hence, he enunciated the need to provide hearing testing facilities, hearing aids and other necessary devices at affordable prices and even try to provide them free of cost.

Dr. M.N. Nagaraja delivered the key note address in which he underlined the significance of using speech as a stimulus to evaluate the neural pathway of the auditory system.

Sudha P. Nair, Lecturer in Audiology, JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, proposed a vote of thanks. A total number of 80 delegates from various speech and hearing institutions in the country participated in the programme. Guest faculties from Manipal University, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, SRC Institute of Speech and Hearing and Bharatiya Vidyapeetha- Pune delivered lectures during the two-day workshop.

The participants were provided with hands-on clinical training regarding the various test procedures.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore