Speech and hearing

12/10/2014 Career

Speech Therapy is an allied branch of health
sciences which cure the disorder of speech, voice, and language of a person.
The branch speech therapy and audiology has become a promising career option
in recent times. A person who has a degree or diploma in speech therapy is
called a speech therapist. The growing awareness among people to treat
speech and auditory disorders has increased the demand for these experts. In
daily practice, a speech therapist works with people who have difficulty
speaking, forming words or sounds, or who are recovering from injury or
illness that has affected their ability to communicate verbally.

Speech disorder may manifest itself in various forms - delayed speech during
childhood, stammering, speech disorders due to injuries or congenital
defects like cerebral palsy, cleft palate and so on. Many a time, speech
disorders are accompanied by hearing disorders and vice versa. These may be
either physiological or even psychological. A person trained in this field
would be able to assess hearing defects and give the required therapy. A
speech therapist would be able to use his skills to help people communicate.
Some of the tools of his trade would be to teach sign language to a person
who is totally incapable of speech, to improve diction and articulation of
those who stammer and to teach those hard of hearing how to lip-read.
Learning these skills would enable better communication and thus improve the
quality of life for the challenged individuals.

Courses & Eligibility

Anyone interested in taking up this field as a career option can go in for
training at the graduate level itself. All that is required is a science
background at the intermediate level. Three year B.Sc. courses in Speech
Therapy and Audiology of three years may be pursued. For specialization in a
certain area, they may opt for the master's course after graduation.

Career Prospects

The demand for speech therapists is growing day by day. There are ample
scopes for these professionals in government/private hospitals, clinics and
heath centres. A large numbers of speech therapists/speech-language
pathologists are found to be employed as clinicians by Community care
centres. Some find jobs in universities and government agencies as teacher,
or as administrators of speech and hearing programmes.

Some speech pathologists and audiologists have private practices. Their fees
are usually higher than those charged at hospitals, etc. They contract to
provide services in schools, physician's offices, hospitals, or nursing
homes, or work as consultants to industry.Audiologists are more likely to be
employed in independent healthcare offices, while speech pathologists are
more likely to work in school setting.

Pay Package

In India, a speech therapist or audiologist in a government hospital gets a
starting salary of around Rs.5000 per month and this can go up to Rs.20,000
after achieving 2-3 years of working experience. Private hospitals offer
better salaries and benefits. These specialists can also do private

The annual pay package of a speech therapist in UK and USA is much higher
than in India. A speech therapist gets annual average salary of about
$52,000 and the highest salary being paid is $80,000 per year.


Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research

Sector 12Chandigarh 160012

Course: B.Sc Audiology and Speech & Language

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Ansari Nagar,

New Delhi 110029

Course: BSc Speech Therapy and Hearing, MSc Speech Pathology and Audiology

Gujarat University

Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 880009, Gujarat

Course: Diploma in Audiology and Speech Therapy

University of Bombay

Ali Yavar Jung National Institutefor the Hearing Handicapped

Kishen Chansd Marg,

Bandra (West) Mumbai 400050

Course: B.Sc. Hearing & Language M.Sc Hearing Speech and Language

TN Medical College

BYL Nair Charitable Hospital

Mumbai 400008

Course: BSc Speech & Hearing M.Sc

Osmania University

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Course: BSc Hearing Lang. & speech

University of Chennai

Centenary Building Chepauk

Chennai 600005

Course: BSc Speech & Hearing M.Sc Audiology & Speech Therapy

University of Mysore

Karya Saudha, Crawford Hall,

PB No. 17, Mysore 570005, Karnataka

Course: BSc (Speech Pathology or audiology), MSc speech & Hearing

Kasturba Gandhi Medical College

Manipal, Karnataka

Course: BSc Speech & Hearing

Institute of Speech & Hearing

Hannur Road, Bangalore

Course: BSc Hearing Lang. & speech

Institute of Nursing

A.B Shetty Marg, Mangalore

Course: BSc Hearing Lang. & speech

All India Institute & Special Hearing

Mansazangolhri, Mysore 576006

Course: B.Sc Hearing Lang. & speech M.Sc

JM Institute of Speech &Hearing

Inderpuri, Keshrinagar

Patna 800023

Course: Dip. in Hearing Language & Speech

Indian Institute of Health Education

Near Control Jail Berur

Patna 800002

Course: B.Sc Hearing Language & Speech

Medical Trust Hospital

MG Road Cochin 582016

Course: Dip. in Hearing Language Speech

Sri Ram Chandra Medical Institute

Porur, Chennai 600010

Course: B.Sc Hearing Lang. & Speech

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