BACHELOR IN AUDIOLOGY & SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (BASLP):
The BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology) is a four-year degree course under Utkal University. It has a multidisciplinary curriculum with core subjects of Speech Pathology, Language Pathology and Audiology. The allied subjects are linguistics, Electronics, Acoustics, Psychology, Statistics and allied medical subjects like Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Otolaryngology, Neurology, and Pediatrics. It is a graduate level course supported by classroom lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, journal clubs, case study or clinical conferences. Since hearing and speech is related the speech and hearing curriculum is combined at bachelor’s level in India.AUDIOLOGY
Audiology is the study and management of hearing impairment & balance disorders. Audiologists are experts in management of hearing and balance systems. They specialize in the study of normal & impaired hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification & assessment of hearing & balance problems, rehabilitation of persons with hearing & balance disorders. In addition, Audiologists can also teach in medical colleges, manage NGOs, clinics or do private practices, engage in research to enhance knowledge about normal hearing and the evaluation & treatment of hearing disorders or design hearing instruments & testing equipments.SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The Speech Language Pathologist works with the full range of human communication & its disorders, and also treat speech, language and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infant to the elderly. They evaluate & diagnose speech, language & swallowing disorders and investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders. In addition, Speech-Language Pathologists can also teach in medical colleges, manage NGOs, rehabilitation centers, clinics or do private practices, engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes, develop new methods and equipments to evaluate & treat communication disorders, establish more effective treatments.Scope of BASLP:
The speech and hearing profession is a relatively younger science with the initiation of program after the Second World War. However, it has taken great strides with advancement in signal processing into a high-profile rehabilitation discipline. The Audiologist and Speech, Language Pathologist (ASLP), provides services to person with hearing disorders and speech defects like stuttering, voice disorder, delayed speech and language development disorders due to mental retardation, deafness, cerebral dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders, aphasia etc. The speech and hearing professionals are absorbed into various types of roles depending on the organizational setup. While in a hospital, it is the role of a Clinical ASLP which deals with identification, assessment & diagnosis of hearing impairment and therapy for speech defects, in the industries they deal with occupational health hazards. In the institutes for the Handicapped, they work as the rehabilitator, while in special schools for the handicapped the role revolves around Educational Audiology. The versatile activities of the speech and hearing specialist opens up avenues for their career advancement and research. Many Indian professional have migrated to different parts of the world like, U.S.A, U.K, Germany, Canada & Australia and have carved out a nice career for themselves.