University of Mysore (UoM) Registrar (Evaluation) Dr R Rajanna noted that courses in speech and hearing were unique and special as it involved not only a study on people affected by speech and hearing impairment but also the immense love and affection towards patients that the students learn during the course.
Speaking at the JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing’s Annual Day and valedictory of its Students’ Association 201516 on Friday, Rajanna said that dealing with people who cannot communicate and understanding their needs as a commendable job.
“Unlike other professions, speech and hearing is a different field and service-oriented. Here you get to deal with both children and adults who are marginalised by the society. You put all your efforts to make him or her speak or listen, just like how parents do to their wards. People affected by speech and hearing impairment need more attention, love and care than others.”
The registrar further cautioned about people falling for superstitious beliefs to cure their children with speech and hearing difficulty.
“There are many cases in which parents of the children seek help from fake medicine men to treat their children. It’s nothing but deceiving people and making them part with their money. Problems of these kind ought to be discussed with expert doctors and not with medicine men and faith healers whose very motive will be to make money making use of the vulnerable situation of their clients,” Rajanna said.
On the occasion prizes were distributed to students who had excelled in various cultural activities held during the year 2015-15 by the registrar.