55th ISHACON - 2024

JAN - 19th - 21st

Dr. Harvey Dillon

Professor

University of Manchester and Macquarie University in Australia

Dr Dillon is best known for research into hearing aids but in recent years has focused on researching auditory processing disorders.  Amongst his nearly 300 publications is a comprehensive text on hearing aids that is used widely throughout the world.

Dr Dillon is currently a part-time Professor at both the University of Manchester and at Macquarie University in Australia. He is best known for research into hearing aids and amongst his nearly 300 publications is a widely used comprehensive text on hearing aids.  In recent years he has focused on researching auditory processing disorders and it is that topic that he is talking about to us today. 

Professor Harvey Dillon

Prof Dillon has most recently conducted research into auditory processing disorders, and the outcomes of hearing aid fitting.  Prof Dillon is the author of nearly 300 scientific publications and a widely used text book on hearing aids. He has been closely associated with the various NAL prescription rules, COSI outcomes evaluation, the trainable hearing aid, the LiSN-S test of spatial processing, and clinical cortical response testing. He was previously the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories, and is currently a part-time Professor at Macquarie University and a part-time Professor at the University of Manchester.

Professor Harvey Dillon, AO

Prof Dillon is currently a part-time Professor at Macquarie University and a part-time Professor at the University of Manchester. Prior to these roles, he was the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories, an organization he worked for since graduating with degrees in engineering and psychoacoustics.  Prof Dillon is the author of nearly 300 scientific publications and a widely used text book on hearing aids.  He has conducted research into various aspects of hearing, but particularly hearing aids, and lately, auditory processing disorders. His research is the basis of several clinical procedures and tools in use throughout the world.

Prof Harvey Dillon

Professor Dillon has carried out research into many aspects of hearing aids, measurement of hearing rehabilitation effectiveness, electrophysiological assessment, and the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders.  He was the Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories from 2000 to 2017.

Harvey Dillon is a part-time professor within audiology at Macquarie University (focused on auditory processing disorders) and a part-time professor of auditory science at the University of Manchester (focused on improving hearing rehabilitation methods).  

He is the author of over 250 scientific publications and a widely used text book on hearing aids and is frequently invited to give keynote addresses at international conferences. He has been closely associated with the various NAL prescription rules, COSI outcomes evaluation, the trainable hearing aid, the LiSN-S test of spatial processing disorder, Sound Scouts automated online hearing testing of children, and the HEARLab clinical cortical response testing method.

Dr Harvey Dillon

After completing an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Dr Harvey Dillon was awarded a PhD for research into psychoacoustics.

Harvey Dillon joined the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) in 1979 and until 1986 he performed research into speech discrimination testing, audiological testing in sound fields, speech processing for hearing aids, hearing aid fitting methods, and the acoustics of hearing aid coupling systems. From 1986 to 1990 he held various positions (including Chief Engineer and Development Manager) in the operational area of NAL (now called Hearing Australia). From 1990 he headed the Hearing Aid Research Section of NAL and was the Director of NAL from 2000 until 2017.

Dr Dillon has lectured extensively in the areas of acoustics, psychoacoustics, and hearing aids in the audiology program at Macquarie University, at which institution he is now a part-time professor, engaged in research into methods of diagnosing the causes of listening difficulties in children with normal hearing thresholds. He is also a part-time Visiting Professor of Auditory Science at the University of Manchester where he is involved in hearing aid research.

He is the author or co-author of over 250 scientific articles, twelve book chapters, and the author of a comprehensive text book on hearing aids, now in its second edition, that is used throughout the world. He has been closely associated with the various NAL prescription rules for hearing aids, COSI outcomes evaluation, the trainable hearing aid, the LiSN-S test of spatial processing disorder, Sound Scouts automated online hearing testing of children, and clinical cortical response testing of infants.

He frequently presents invited and keynote addresses in the area of hearing at international conferences.

Career Choice

Harvey Dillon did his study in the fields of Electronic Engineering and in psychoacoustics – the investigation of how people hear.  He looked around for a career that would let him combine these skills.   Research into better ways to design and adjust hearing aids seemed perfect, and any advances could immediately help people.  Hearing impairment is one of the most prevalent disabilities in our society, and although hearing aids are now very advanced, there was, and still is, much room for improvement.  The methods for adjusting hearing aids devised by Dr Dillon and his colleagues at the National Acoustic Laboratories are the most used clinical procedures for fitting hearing aids in the world.  Exercising his mind more recently is the problem of diagnosing why some children with normal hearing thresholds nevertheless have difficulty understanding speech in even slightly acoustically challenging situations.

Dr Dillon says that he counts himself very lucky to do work that he enjoys immensely and which other people find useful.

Dr. James W Hall III

Professor

Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Hawaii, USA

James W. Hall III, PhD is an internationally recognized audiologist with 40-years of clinical, teaching, research, and administrative experience. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from American International University, his Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Hall has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers and leadership roles in the American Academy of Audiology. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors and the author of over 190 peer-reviewed publications, invited articles, book chapters and also 10 textbooks. Clinical and research interests include early diagnosis of infant hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, and audiology applications of tele-health (tele-audiology). Dr. Hall now holds academic appointments as Professor (part-time) at Salus University and the University of Hawaii, a position as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria South Africa, along with other adjunct and visiting professor positions in the USA and abroad.

Dr. Daniel Huang

Director

Daniel obtained his PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from University of Washington. He is the director of the Speech and Hearing Sciences key laboratory at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. He has worked passionately with children and adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders for many years and worked towards creating the Seattle Speech and Hearing Foundation. Daniel has 11 patents and he has published over 10 books regarding speech and hearing sciences. A few to name are “Assessment and Correction of Speech Disorder”, “Evaluation Criteria and Methods of Speech Function”, “Principles and Methods of Rehabilitation Education for Deaf Children – Construction and Practice of HSL Theory and 1 + X + Y Mode”. He has a number of published papers in various journals such as the Journal of Voice, Journal of Clinical Otolaryngology (ENT), etc. Work : Principal Designer of Dr.Speech software modules and online services improving Speech, Hearing, Language, Cognition, Vocabulary, Reading skills Modules: Vocal Assessment Electroglottograph Real Speech Speech Therapy Speech Training Pitch Master AAC My Words Nasal View Phonetogram Further involved in design of ICF based Voice/Speech Analysis.

Dr. Srikanta Mishra

Audiology faculty, at the University of Texas, at Austin USA

He earned his Ph.D. in audiology from the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research, University of Southampton, England. Following this, he received a post-doctoral fellowship from the world-renowned House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, USA. Dr. Mishra holds the ASHA Certificate of clinical competence in Audiology (called CCC-A). His research in pediatric hearing is funded by the US National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Srikanta Mishra has authored numerous high-impact papers in JASA, JARO, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Ear and Hearing, etc, as the lead author. He frequently serves as a reviewer for journals and research grant applications in the US and internationally. He has moderated several scientific sessions and delivered invited lectures at conferences around the World.

Dr. Srikanta Mishra is an assistant editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. His work and the work of students and postdocs under his mentorship have received several accolades, such as Ear and Hearing Editor’s Choice paper. Most notably, Dr. Mishra is a recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Editor’s Award for his outstanding contributions.

Dr. Bopanna Ballachanda

President-AAA

American Academy of Audiology

Professor

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center


Chief Audiology Officer


National Hearing and Balance
Centers , Albuquerque, New
Mexico

Dr. Bopanna Ballachanda, PhD. He is an American audiologist, professor, innovator, public speaker, clinician, and entrepreneur. He is the current President of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Ballachanda completed his Audiology and Speech-Language studies at the AIISH, Mysuru, obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. On his way to the United States of America, he worked as the speech and hearing specialist at Sabah Hospital, Ministry of Health in Kuwait. He completed his master’s and PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. His research focuses on complex signal processing at the level of the brainstem. He joined the faculty at Purdue University and stayed there from 1988 to 1995. He moved to the University of New Mexico as an Associate Professor of udiology and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery in the department of ENT and stayed there till 2005. He resigned from the tenured faculty position to pursue another challenge, clinical practice, and he owned many clinics. One might wonder what made him write a book on the human ear canal. He will share his journey in writing that book and many more challenges and opportunities he faced in life. “It has been a long journey, but if you dream, have the ambition and work hard, then you achieve.” On every journey you take, you face choices. At every fork in the road, we make a choice. And it is those decisions that shape our lives.

Dr. Abhijeet Patra

Senior Lecturer | Speech and Language Therapy | Faculty of Health and Education | Manchester Metropolitan University

He is a senior lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is interested in understanding how different cognitive processes influence language processing in the healthy and communication-disordered population (e.g., aphasia). He utilizes mixed methods approaches including behavioural and electrophysiological methods.

Professor Raj Shekhawat

Ph.D. MASLP, PGCert AP, CMALT, FHERDSA, SFHEA

Flinders university, University College London, Tinnitus Research Initiative

Professor Raj Shekhawat is an internationally recognized award-winning academic, mentor, keynote/TEDx speaker, and scientist. Raj is Dean of Research for College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work since 2023. He was professor in Audiology & Academic Lead at Flinders university before this. He holds conjoint appointments as Honorary Professor at Ear Institute, University College London and Public Relations Manager for Tinnitus Research Initiative, Germany. Raj has a diverse work experience spanning across four continents and six countries (USA, UK, Singapore, India, New Zealand & Australia), touching a plethora of cultural communities with his impeccable knowledge along the way.

He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand which complements his outstanding international reputation for research and findings, which employ brain stimulation, sounds therapies & hearing aids for tinnitus management and pedagogical research.

Raj is a passionate academic with several prestigious educational fellowships such as: a senior fellow of HEA, HERDSA, and CMALT, he is also an executive on Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia and Chair of the scientific advisory board on Horizon 2020 European Research Grant.

Dr. Aniket Saoji

Director

Cochlear Implants Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Prakash Boominathan

The Principal of Faculty of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (SRIHER-Deemed University), Chennai.

Prof. Dr. Prakash Boominathan is currently the Principal of Faculty of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (SRIHER- Deemed University), Chennai, India. He also serves as a Senior Consultant Speech Language Pathologist at Sri Ramachandra Medical University Hospital. He is a qualified clinical educator and adjunct faculty at Dept. of CSD at University of Toronto.

He was the first rank-holder during his under-graduation, and a double gold medallist during post-graduation that he completed from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), University of Mysore. He received his Ph.D. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (Specialty area: Vocal dynamics of the singing voice) from Sri Ramachandra University. In the year 2005-06, he had received the prestigious Fulbright Research Fellowship. As part of the fellowship, he visited University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and other voice centres in USA. He has been at Sri Ramachandra University over the last two decades.

His area of clinical focus and research are fluency and voice with emphasis on professional voice care. Dr. Prakash Boominathan has been closely involved in the establishment of voice and swallowing clinic as a special clinic in Sri Ramachandra University Hospital. This included sensitizing, developing and supporting interdisciplinary teamwork with ENT Surgeons, SLPs & musicians. He has conducted several workshops on voice care, assessment & management. He has over 70 publications of which nearly 50 are in Scopus and Web of Science Indexed, a few book chapters and two instructional DVDs on voice therapy to his credit. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals such as Journal of Voice, JAIISH, JISHA, journal of Laryngology & Voice etc. He has to date successfully guided five PhD candidates and is currently guiding three PhD students and serves on seven doctoral committees.

He is currently the President -Elect (2023-24) of the Indian Speech – Language and Hearing Association and an Expert member (2022-25) of Speech and Hearing Committee of the Rehabilitation Council of India. Dr. Prakash Boominathan serves on several academic and research committees including the Academic Council of The Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Music and Fine Arts University (2023-26), and SRIHER (DU). Prof. Dr. Prakash Boominathan was recognized with “Teaching Excellence Award” in 2019 by SRIHER (DU). The Indian Speech- Language & Hearing Association in 2023 bestowed on him the prestigious Dr. N Rathna Oration award for his exemplary services and research contributions in the field of Speech Language Pathology.

Dr Santosh Maruthy

Professor in Speech Sciences, Department of Speech Language Sciences

All India Institute of Speech and hearing, Mysore, India

Santosh Maruthy, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Sciences at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India. His research focuses on the mechanisms underlying stuttering as well as bilingualism and stuttering, speech science, speech perception, and voice disorders in professional voice users. He has more than 14 years of experience in teaching graduate and postgraduate students of Speech and Hearing and 22 years of clinical experience. He has 2 extramural projects and 13 intramural projects to his credit. He has written six book chapters and has published 28 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of Fluency and Disorders, Journal of Voice, and Journal of Communication Disorders. He has successfully guided three students in their doctoral research and currently guiding six more students. He has also successfully guided 21 postgraduate students in their Masters’ dissertations. He has won 11 Best paper awards at various national and international conferences.

Dr. Nachiketa Rout

Director (Offg)

National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (Divyangjan), Chennai

1. Name : Dr. Nachiketa Rout (RCI Reg, CRRNO: A04890) 2. Designation : Director 3. Department : Speech, Hearing &Communication 4. Qualification : Ph.D (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology) M.Sc (Hearing Language & Speech) 5. Experience : Twenty years 6. Significant Achievements: 1. Administration: ◉ Director (Offg) National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities(Divyangjan), Chennai from 17.05.2015 to 06.09.2015 and National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities, Dehradun from 07.09.2018 to 14.07.2020. ◉ Nodal Officer of CRC-Kozhikode, Kerala and CRC-Bhubaneswar, Odisha 2. Publications: ◉ Books: Ten ◉ Four book have been included as Text Book in RCI Approved Syllabus for B.ASLP Course. ◉ Developed Indian Classics Hanuman Chalisa & Shiva Tandav Sutra in Universal Design. ◉ Journal Article ◉ 35 Publication in peer reviewed journals. 3. Research ◉ Associated with Development of a Low Cost Multi-use Hearing Aid which received the Sushrut Award given by Department of Science & Technology in the year 2011. ◉ More than 100 presentationsin various National & International Conferences. ◉ One patenttitled “LowCostMulti-use HearingAid“-1836/DEL/2011. 4. Policy: ◉ Introduced free distribution of Behind the Ear Hearing Aids (BTE) into Govt of India AIDP scheme in 2013. 5. E-Content: ◉ YouTube Educational Channel with 1.8K Subscriber and 100 + Education Videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKGwm746cSqHcMYPqrrvK1g?view_as=subscriber 6. Pan India Work Experience: ◉ Worked as a Clinician, Academician, Teacher & Administrator at Secunderabad, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chennai & Dehradun & Manipur. 7. E-mail ID : [email protected] 8. Blog : www.nachiketa76.blogspot.com for Bio-data, publications and creations

Dr. Prathibha Karanth

Founder Director and Managing Trustee of The Communication DEALL Trust.

The Com DEALL Trust, Bangalore

Prof. Prathibha Karanth has degrees in Psychology and Speech & Hearing, from the University of Mysore. She has worked in premier national institutions such as NIMHANS, Bangalore; CIIL and AIISH, Mysore; in various academic positions and was, Fulbright Visiting Professor from 1999 to 2000, at the University of Georgia at Athens and the City University of New York. Currently she is Managing Trustee of the Com DEALL Trust, set up by her in 2003 at Bangalore, to run the Communication DEALL program for children with ASD, designed by her in 2000. The Com DEALL program is published and used widely across the country. Dr. Karanth is recognized as a leading authority in the field of Early Intervention and Autism. As an Autism expert, she has been honoured several times at various platforms and has the distinction of being the first Indian to be invited by the American Speech and Hearing Association in 2014 to make a presentation on the Com DEALL model. She has served on several expert committees such the Expert Committee on Autism, RCI, New Delhi from 2002 – 05 and was Chairperson, Committee on Early Intervention for the Hearing Impaired, Kerala State Government Initiative on Disability, 2013; Task Force on Cognitive Sciences, DST, GOI, 2014 – 2017. Among her many awards are Vimla Virmani award, 1987, by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; RK Oza Oration, ISHA, 2011, the “Mahila Thilakam Award” 2012 by the Govt. of Kerala, the Reeta Peshwaria Oration by NIMH & GOI MSJE,2015; Life Time Contribution Award, from IRC, Bangalore, 2016 & SRCISH, Bangalore 2022.She is also the recipient of several grants and awards including those from international organizations such as the Commonwealth, UNICEF, Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundations as also national bodies such as the ICSSR, ICMR, NAMS, NCERT, SRTT & DST. She has published over 80 papers and chapters in peer reviewed journals and professional books (national and international) and over fifteen books and manuals on language and communication disorders, assessment and training, many of which are translated into Hindi, Kannada and other Indian languages. She is Series Editor for Communic Aids – an indigenous resource provider for children with communication disorders, initiated by her.Prof. Karanth has been twice elected as the President of the Indian Speech & Hearing Association.

For more on Prof Prathibha Karanth’s work
visit www.communicationdeall.com /www.communicaids.com
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Dr. Hia Datta

Professor

Molloy University, Communication Sciences and Disorders, New York

Dr. Hia Datta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Molloy University, New York. She also serves as the Ph.D. and Undergraduate Program director for CSD in Molloy University. She obtained her Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Her research is focused on brain bases of language processing in children and adults as well as individuals with aphasia as well as diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to CSD. She teaches courses in Neural Bases of Communication, Adult Neurogenic Disorders and Research. Hia Datta, Ph.D. Pronouns: She/her Associate Professor Undergraduate & Ph.D. Program Director Communication Sciences & Disorders Room C202 William Casey Center Molloy University 1000 Hempstead Avenue Rockville Centre, NY 11571 [email protected] (516) 323 3521 “The power to question is the basis of all human progress” – Indira Gandhi

Dr. V.H. SAVITHA

Professor and In-charge Head of Department

SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre

An alumnus of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (graduated after completing Masters in 2003), Savitha received her PhD from Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai for her work titled ‘Early language development in Tamil speaking children with cleft lip and palate – A longitudinal study’. A passionate teacher, she is currently a Professor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai. She is also a member of the Indian Medical Advisory Council of Smile Train India, and the Research and Innovation Advisory Council of SmileTrain, USA, a non-profit charity organization that works exclusively for the cause of cleft lip and palate. She is the recipient of the prestigious Braithwaite oration, conferred by tye Indian Society of Cleft Lip Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies.

 

A Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in the field of cleft lip and palate, Savitha’s special interest includes training and capacity building for cleft speech. She is one of the master trainers for cleft speech in India. As a consultant SLP, she has been involved in reviewing and expanding speech services provided across Smile Train cleft centers in India. Savitha designed and executed the project ‘SmileTrain Speech Training Initiative in Myanmar for Cleft’ (2017-18). She has served as the coordinator of the project ‘Sri Ramachandra University- Smile Train Speech Training Initiative’ (2008 – 2012) under the directorship of Prof. Roopa Nagarajan. She has been involved in training speech pathologists and providing services in cleft lip and palate in countries including India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Srilanka. Savitha has presented numerous presentations in scientific forums at the regional, national and international level and has twelve publications and two chapters to her credit.

Dr. Sugata Bhatacharjee

Director

Director of Cl inical Services at Hearing Center of Southern Connecticut

Sugata Bhattacharjee, Doctor of Audiology, is a Hearing Healthcare Consultant based out of New Hampshire, USA. He is the Director of Clinical Services at Hearing Center of Southern Connecticut. He is an Editorial Advisory Board member “The Hearing Review Journal” and affiliated with Starkey Laboratories. Dr. Bhattacharjee is known for his passion for Hearing aids, Hearables, In-Ear-Monitors, and other broadcasting gadgets. He has completed over 7,500 successful patient fittings with hearing aids and thousands of hours of diagnostic Audiology. He started working in the field of Audiology since May 3rd, 1993 making this year his 28th year in this profession. Dr. Bhattacharjee is a Fellow at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and he also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) from American Speech Language and Hearing Association, he holds various state licenses of United States. He is a Life member of Indian Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Dr. M. Jayaram

Former Dean

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore

Dr. SP Goswami

Professor of Speech Pathology & Head Tele-center for Persons with Communication Disorders (TCPD)

All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Manasagangothri, Mysore

Dr. S. P. Goswami holds Ph. D in Speech and Hearing and also PGDHRM and MBA in Health Care Management. He is first Speech and Hearing professional to receive the prestigious CV Raman fellowship from UGC, Government of India as Visiting Scholar at College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Speech & Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. USA Presently he is working as Professor and Head Telecentre for Persons with Communication Disorder and formerly worked as Head Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Head-Telecentre for Persons with Communication Disorder, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Academic coordinator, Clinical services, AIISH, Mysore. He has more than 22 years of academic, clinical, research and administrative experience. He works in the area of Aphasia, ageing, neuro-cognitive communication disorders, organization and planning, policies and practices in disability. He has completed more than 25 research projects and is presently working on two projects funded by national and international bodies. He has published more than 65 research articles in national and international journals, 20 in-house publication and 35 Books/ chapters/tools/tests with ISBN numbers. Eleven candidates have been awarded Ph.D. and eight are presently pursuing for their doctorate program under his guidance. He was instrumental in framing the document for the scope of practice in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in India in the year 2010. He has severed at national forum for capacity building, matters for framing policy, NAAC and other national bodies in the area of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. He has ben also nominated as a General Council Member of AYJNISHD, Mumbai and Chairperson, Academic Council, NIPMED, Chennai. He has served ISHA for more than 14 years in the capacity of Honorary Editor, Secretary, Treasurer and joint secretary and presently serving as President and also as a secretary general of Alzheimer’s related disorder society of India (ARDSI).

Prof C.S. Vanaja

Principal, School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology,
Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune

✔ Obtained UG, PG & PhD from AIISH, Mysuru; (completed Masters in 1986)
✔ WHO fellowship at Central Institute for the Deaf, Saint Louis, USA on Electrophysiological testing.
✔ Recipient of Padmashri Prof Dr. S Kameswaran Oration Endowment award by Indian Speech & Hearing Association
✔ Has received Best paper awards for 13 scientific papers at various National conferences.
✔ Served as a member of Expert Committee of Rehabilitation Council of India, member of NAAC Peer Team, member of research advisory committee/academic committees/BOS of National Institutes/Universities.
✔ Served as President of MISHA, Editor of JISHA; Served as reviewer for National/international peer reviewed journals
✔ Carried out research projects with intramural and extramural funds; publications in international/National journals
✔ Guided 8 PhD candidates; 5 PhDs under progress
✔ Developed tests for assessing Central Auditory Processing in Indian languages
✔ Areas of interest: Diagnostic audiology, electrophysiological tests, Central auditory processing disorders, cochlear implants, Vestibular disorders

Dr. Nandhu Radhakrishnan

Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University, located in Nacogdoches, Texas.

He earned his doctorate from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and completed his clinical fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Radhakrishnan specializes in clinical, professional, and performance voice issues. He conducts national and international workshops on voice assessment and intervention and has authored chapters and articles on voice science. He offers continuing education related to vocal arts and science through his limited liability company, VASEE.

Dr. Radhakrishnan has designed two innovative voice therapy approaches known as the Nasal Resistance (NR) technique and the Voiced Whistle approach. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Voice, the Voice Science Advisory Committee of National Association of Teachers of Singing, USA, and one of the Board of Directors for the Pan American Vocology Association. He was instrumental in establishing a certificate program in vocology at Lamar University, USA.

In addition to his profession, he is a playwright, stage artist, YouTuber, and hobby chef. Dr. Radhakrishnan is a member of various organizations, including the Voice Foundation, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and Life Member of the Indian Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

Ms. Rakhee Chandra

Ms. Rakhee Chandra is a dedicated audiologist with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the profession. She has a strong passion for audiological best practice, with a particular focus on adult aural rehabilitation.

Ms. Rakhee began her career in India, where she obtained a Masters in Speech and Hearing. She played a vital role in the establishment of audiology departments in various hospitals and served as the Director of the Kolar Speech and Hearing Institute, where she was responsible for overseeing the institute’s management and clinical governance.

In 1999, Ms. Rakhee was offered an opportunity to work as an audiologist in Australia with Australian Hearing (Hearing Australia). In this role, she managed both children and adults. She became an active member of the audiological community, joining Audiology Australia.

Throughout her career, Ms. Rakhee has held various roles both inside and outside the clinic. She has worked as a clinician, a manager of clinicians, a supervisor, a clinic manager, and a manager of a cluster of clinics. She has also served as a clinical educator for university students, both as a local trainer and National Training Manager. Later, she became the Audiology Excellence Manager.

Currently, Rakhee is the Head of Clinical and Medical Compliance, overseeing three businesses under the Amplifon brand. Amplifon is the largest private provider of audiology services in Australia, representing approximately 30 percent of the sector.

Ms. Rakhee is committed to upholding exceptional professional and ethical standards in audiological protocols for retail audiology. She also takes charge of developing practitioner coaching programs and staying updated on relevant legislative changes. This ensures that staff receive appropriate training and that company policies remain up to date.

By collaborating with other teams, Rakhee has successfully improved audiology protocols and customer satisfaction. Her efforts also align with the requirements of the unique Hearing Services Program for all Australian pensioners.

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan, PhD., EdD., CCC-A is currently an Associate Professor and serves as the Dean for the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. Dr. Aravamudhan
joined Salus University in 2005 after her position as a research associate at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Along with teaching other courses, she continues to be the co-instructor of the interprofessional course, “Evidence-Based Practice: An Interprofessional Approach” at Salus
University, and spearheaded several interprofessional initiatives in collaboration with faculty at the university. Her areas of research interests include understanding and evaluating the electrophysiologic correlates of speech encoding in the auditory system and studying the role of
signal processing (in auditory prostheses such as cochlear implants) on speech perception and perceptual learning.
In the professional world outside Salus, Dr. Aravamudhan has served on the planning committee for Audiology Education Summit that ASHA planned and implemented, served on
the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Board, and was elected as the Vice-Chair of Audiology on the CAA Board. She currently serves on the ASHA Board of Directors as the Vice
President for Academic Affairs in Audiology and on ASHA’s Academic Affairs Board.
Dr. Aravamudhan graduated from the All-India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, India, with a master’s degree in audiology and speech-language pathology. She also
received the prestigious Aarthi Venkataraman Gold Medal for academic achievement. She received a PhD from Kent State University and recently graduated from the executive doctorate program in higher education and management at the University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Srimathy Narasimhan

Ms. Srimathy Narasimhan is the Head of the Department at Center for Hearing, Communication & Swallow Sciences at Rela Institute & Medical Center, Chennai.
Ms. Srimathy Narasimhan is a renowned Speech, Swallow & Hearing Specialist in Chennai with outstanding academic records from pioneering institutions. As a zealous & adept professional working in the highly specialized field of disorders related to speech, swallow voice, cognition, & hearing, she has immense knowledge and vast experience in diagnosing & treating disorders across age groups (new born to geriatric) & of various origin She was the first Speech Language Pathologist to initiate & successfully run programs to assess swallowing using state of the art technology in Chennai city. She has established Neuromodulation as a speciality & is a key member in candidacy evaluation, delivery of Neuromodulation as a treatment for Hearing loss, Spinal Cord Injury, Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction, Spasticity & Movement disorders. Ms. Srimathy Narasimhan has over 10 years of experience in the field of Speech Language Pathology & Deglutology. She is specialized in treating disorders of swallowing post stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Traumatic head injuries, Brain tumor, Head & Neck Cancers, Neonatal & paediatric feeding disorders with the use of sophisticated methods. Being a Trained Carnatic Vocalist and with a special interest in Vocology, she has trained several professional singers & singing students on voice projection, voice culture and voice modulation.
As a Cognitive Communication specialist Ms. Narasimhan is involved in evaluation & treatment of disorders related to memory and communication such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia. She is an avid researcher in the area of Neuro imaging in identifying the cognitive, language & swallowing networks in neurodegenerative diseases. She has vast experience with hearing implants including Cochlear Implants & Auditory Brainstem Implants. Neuromodulation, being one of the emerging fields in India, she is a key member in Neuromodulation team & has framed mapping & rehabilitation protocols people undergoing Cochlear Implants, Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinsons Disease, sacral neuromodulation for bladder and bowel incontinence and Epidural Electrical Stimulation for Paraplegia. She is a primary member of the Epilepsy and brain tumour intraoperative team & has immense experience in Language mapping & monitoring during awake surgeries for epilepsy & brain tumour removal. She is a key multidisciplinary member of Neurosciences, Oncology boards.

Dr. B. Rajashekhar

Professor ( Sp.& Hg.)

Founding / Former Dean

Advisor for AHS Programs

Manipal College of Health Professions ( MCHP )

Manipal Academy of Higher Education ( MAHE )

Manipal, India-576104

Dr. B. Rajashekhar, is the Founding Dean of the first full-fledged college of Allied Health Sciences in India, Manipal College of Health Professions. He is the longest-serving Dean of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, an Institution of Eminence. He is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Speech & Hearing and advisor for the Allied Health Sciences Programs of the University. He is the recipient of Five International Fellowships & 3 “Best Paper Awards “. He is the first Speech Pathologist in the country to be trained in voice restoration of throat cancer patients at Head & Neck Cancer Institute, Indianapolis, USA, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital, New York, and Charing Cross Hospital, London. Besides the Dr. Ratna Oration Award”, the most prestigious award in the field of Speech & Hearing in India, he is the recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution Award” in his field in the Asia Pacific Region. He has a Professorial Chair, in his name at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He has served as the President of the Indian Speech & Hearing Association for two consecutive terms. He is on the board of the Academic Councils of Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, & SRM University, Chennai; member of the Search Committee of National Council for AHS, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India, member of RCI Academic committee, Ministry of Social Justice & Welfare, GOI, member of the Planning Committee of Sri Devaraj Urs University, Kolar; member of the Research Advisory Committee of AYJNIHH, Mumbai; member of the BOS of & Kerala University of Health Sciences, Thrissur. He has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed indexed journals & two book chapters. He has guided and co-guided over 20 Ph.D. candidates in his & related allied health specialties.

Aniket Saoji

PhD, CCC-A is the division chair of Audiology in the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Aniket Saoji, PhD, CCC-A is the division chair of Audiology in the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He is a clinical audiologist with a Ph.D. in Psychophysics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to his position at Mayo Clinic Dr. Saoji was a principal research scientists at Advanced Bionics where he was involved in the development of new signal processing and speech coding strategies such as Fidelity 120, Optima, ClearVoice, Span, etc. He has co-authored several patents and publications on the technologies developed at Advanced Bionics that has led to significant improvement for cochlear implant patients.

Pradyumn Srivastava

Associate Professor in the Department of Speech pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. The main focus of my scientific mission is to investigate the linguistic and cognitive factors of reading and writing disorders in children with and without language learning disability (LLD). I also teach introductory and advanced versions of the classes on language and literacy disorders. My clinical supervision entails school going children with language, reading, and writing disorders. 

Dr Sujeet Kumar Sinha

Associate Professor in Audiology, AIISH, Mysuru

Dr Sujeet Kumar Sinha; Associate Professor in Audiology, AIISH, Mysuru. Dr Sujeet Kumar Sinha completed his graduation, Post Graduation and PhD from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysuru, Karnataka, India. He started his career as Faculty at KMC, Mangalore in 2006, later selected as permanent faculty in the capacity of Lecturer in Audiology in 2010 at AIISH, promoted to Reader in Audiology in 2015, further promoted to Associate Professor in the year 2019. He has 15 years of teaching, clinical, research and administrative experience. He primarily works in the area of assessment and management of vestibular disorders. He teaches undergraduates and postgraduate students of audiology. He has presented more than 50 scientific papers in national and international conferences, published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in international Journals. He is the recipient of many scientific paper presentation awards in the national conferences in Audiology. He has successfully guided 35 postgraduate students in their Masters’ dissertations and currently guiding 5 PhD candidates for their doctoral research. He is also the first audiologist in India to publish a book in vestibular science.

Dr. Wasim Ahmed

Professor and HOD, Dept. of Speech and Hearing | SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital | SDM University 

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Professor and Head, Dept. of Speech and Hearing, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, SDM University, Dharwad, India. Former Founder Principal, JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Dharwad, India.

Neha Tiwari

Audiologist & Speech Language Pathologist M.Sc. (Speech and Hearing), PGDCFT Certified OPT Practitioner (Level II), Certificate in Hanen Program, Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner for The Differently Abled Certified AAC Trainer (Avaz) Founder Director, Sachetataa Foundation 

Phone no– 8696700555, 9637005686

Email Id –  [email protected]

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Neha Tiwari is an Audiologist & Speech Language Pathologist by passion and an awareness evangelist by choice. For more than 21 years, she has been active in the Rehabilitation field through her work involving early identification, intervention, empowerment and raising awareness about communication disorders especially among children. Her focus on education for children with special needs, inclusion and sensitizing & training stake holders for the same has driven her to reach out to more than 700 schools and colleges across the country through offline and online mode. Childhood speech & language disorders, their identification , training of teachers and parent partnership programs is her forte. She has developed and standardized tests for the assessment of teachers’ knowledge of Slow learners (TAK-SL, under publication process) and Phonological Awareness Test for Hindi speaking kindergarten children (PATH-KG, under publication process). Being the pioneer of school-based practice, she has worked as a consultant & a resource person for multiple reputed public schools, early intervention setups and training centres such as Faculty Development Research Centre, Delhi where her domain expertise has evolved and restructured into a dynamic developmental model for all the stakeholders.She has trained hundreds of facilitators and professionals through invited workshops and training programs. She has been a trainer for the “train the trainers” program of Army Welfare Education Society for more than 5 years. She has been invited to various speech and hearing institutions like AIISH, JSSISH, SRCISH and NISH to name a few, for interaction and lectures for staff and students. Also, she has been invited to be a resource person/ speaker/ faculty at various national & international level conferences, workshops and various offline & online Rehabilitation Council of India-Continuous Rehabilitation Education (RCI-CRE) programs. Additionally, she has contributed to Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA), a national body for Hearing and speech professionals through invited talks and also as a member, PR&L Committee for the year 2020-21. Currently, she is the member of the advisory committee to ISHA. Formerly, she has been associated with Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, a state Govt University as a Subject Expert for three years and a guest faculty at Institute of Health Sciences, Bhubaneshwar for 5 years. Currently, she is a practicing in Lucknow. Aso, she is associated with G.D. Goenka Public School, Lucknow; Shubharmbh School, Greater Noida and Army Public School, Jaipur as the Senior consultant and Trainer at special needs cell.

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