An Indian-American associate professor at Lamar University in Texas, Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah has been named to the 2016 class of the ‘Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology’ by the American Academy of Audiology. He is among the one of only a dozen individuals selected from across the US for this prestigious honour. In this regard, he was inducted into the 2016 class of the ‘Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology’ by the American Academy of Audiology.
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organisation of audiologists. Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance and related disorders. The related members look to provide hearing care services through research, education, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
Originally from South India, Manchaiah holds a PhD in disability research from Linkoping University, Sweden. He also holds a number of degrees including an MBA from Swansea University, United Kingdom, Doctor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University, MS in Audiology from the University of Southampton and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing from the University of Mysore, India.
He is the co-founder and director of the strategic planning of a non-profit NGO Audiology India, for which he served as president from 2011 to 2015. The organisation seeks to foster hearing and ear health care in India.