Hear-Say Spotlight

June 2024 Edition

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By:  Susan Antonellis,
Editor in Chief

June gives us that feeling of summer in the air. Warmer, longer days and busy, cool nights. Spend a June evening enjoying this Spotlight featuring Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande and the Global Audiology Network. The global initiative had its inception in 2014, spearheaded by Dr. Donna Geffner, Dr. Ianthe Murad and other faculty to partner with Starkey Hearing Instruments. The inaugural trip was to Vietnam with five faculty members, four from the LI Consortium. Since its inception, annual global experiences have been available to all Au.D., students. These global offerings, including the student trips continue under the leadership and supervision of Dr. Ianthe Murad. Enjoy the spotlight— read on how Dr. Deshpande is contributing to this Global Initiative.

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Susan Antonellis

Article Contributor – Sandy White
Design and Layout – Pat Luft

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        Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande Creates the Global Audiology Network
Written by Sandy White, Ph.D., CCC

Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande is an Audiology Professor and Chair of the Hofstra University Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department. He is also a faculty in the Long Island Au.D. Consortium (Hofstra University, St. John’s University and Adelphi University). Dr. Deshpande is working on establishing the Global Audiology Network to help fill the gap for needed audiological services in developing countries which do not have ready access to audiological services. Dr. Deshpande has been working on this proposal for over two years. Although still in its nascent form, Dr. Deshpande has firmly established its direction and purpose. He has created a global network of audiologists that will work together to provide educational programs and research opportunities in countries where the need for audiological services is great. Rather than just providing a stop gap for services that may only provide momentary relief, Dr. Deshpande is establishing supportive infrastructures that will continue to provide education and ongoing access to audiological services. He has recently traveled to Guyana for a needs-assessment trip. One of his first priorities is to start work on creating a bachelor’s program in Audiology at the University of Guyana. Volunteers who are experts in curriculum and program development will be starting to develop the audiology program and course work this summer.

The Global Audiology Network is based on five pillars, which are:
1. Academic Collaborations,
2. Research Collaborations,
3. Clinical Collaborations,
4. Community Outreach, and
5. Student Recruitment.

The Global Audiology Network will be a worldwide network comprised of universities, clinical facilities, research institutes, and teaching hospitals, which will provide ongoing clinical, research, and educational partnerships that will help amplify each of the five pillars. Current partnerships include the Northwell Center for Global Health, the University of Guyana, and the Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India. Volunteers have also been recruited from ASHA’s Special Interest Group 17, which focuses on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. LISHA is proud to highlight the vision and achievements of Dr. Deshpande and to applaud the global interconnections he is building in bringing audiological services, education, and research where it is most needed. If you are interested in volunteering or have additional questions, please contact Dr. Deshpande at Aniruddha.deshpande@hofstra.edu.

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