Survey reports indicate that nearly 18% of the population of all age groups in the country, which is suffering from speech and hearing problems (from mild to severe), is in need of professional help.
At present, they are being attended by ENT specialists, Pediatricians, Neurologists, Psycholo- gists and a small number of speech and hearing specialists.
The worrisome fact is their services are largely restricted to major cities. The Government of India, keeping in mind the need for rehabilitation of people with speech and hearing impairments, has passed a disability act, which has made provision for the setting up of rehabilitation centers in all districts.
Every Speech and Hearing center needs the support of ENT Specialists, Pediatricians, Neurologists, Dental Surgeons, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiologists, Pathologists and Anatomists for both teaching and clinical purposes. This apart, the center requires the support of professionals in allied fields such as Electronics, Computer Science, Linguistics and Physiotherapy for clinical, academic and research purposes.
The speech and hearing professionals have ample career opportunities in India and abroad. They are in great demand in various institutions/schools involved in the rehabilitation of the disabled, spastics, mentally challenged and others. They also have career opportunities in hospitals, schools and research institutions in India and abroad.