Information about National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH)

The National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH) is a society set up with the support of the Government of Kerala in 1997. It is a comprehensive, multipurpose institution dedicated to the total rehabilitation of persons with speech and hearing impairment.

Ears are the ultimate bonds to the world of sound. A defective auditory system results not only in secondary deprivation but also places immense physical and psychological stress on the individual.

It is for such people that NISH works, with a dedication to make life simple and enjoyable for them. NISH is committed to enriching the lives of these individuals by providing professional and technological services, by ensuring access to remedial measures and promoting community awareness, and by conducting research aimed at enhancing their lives – so as to serve them, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Campus

The Institute has moved into its own new campus at Aakkulam by the lake, where the Government of Kerala had transferred ten acres to NISH. The work of the campus is not yet finished. The third stage of construction is still under way. However all its activities has started functioning here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre School

When does admission to the Preschool centre start?
What is the medium used in Preschool?
Whis the minimum age for admission to the Preschool?
Is there any maximum age limit for admission to Preschool?
How long should a child undergo preschool training?
After Preschool training where should the child go?

Hearing Evaluation & Speech Therapy

How does one get appointment for hearing evaluation?
Are there any precautions to be taken before coming for testing?
How early can hearing test be done for suspected hearing loss?
How can one get admitted for Speech therapy sessions?

Hearing Aids

Does NISH give free hearing aids?
Does NISH do servicing and repair of hearing aids?

Academic Courses

What are the preliminaries for admission to the Diploma in Software Systems course?
Is Diploma in Software Systems a recognised course?
What are the job oppurtunities available after completing Bachelor in Audiology & Speech – Language Pathology(B.Sc) ?
What are the job oppurtunities available after completing the 1 yr Diploma in Teaching Young Hearing Impaired(DTYHI) ?
Does NISH provide accomodation (hostel facility) to the students attending the courses?

Pre School

Q) WHEN DOES ADMISSION TO THE PRESCHOOL CENTRE START?

Admission to the Preschool is open throughout the year.

Q) WHAT IS THE MEDIUM USED IN PRESCHOOL?
Both Malayalam and English.

Q) WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR ADMISSION TO PRESCHOOL?
There is no minimum age limit.
The child may be admitted to preschool as early as possible(as soon as the child is identified with hearing loss)

Q) IS THERE ANY MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR ADMISSION TO PRESCHOOL?
YES. Only children below 3 years are admitted here.
Q) HOW LONG SHOULD A CHILD UNDERGO PRESCHOOL EDUCATION?
In normal course Preschool training is for a period of 3-4 yrs.

Q) AFTER PRESCHOOL TRAINING WHERE SHOULD THE CHILD GO?
Preschool prepares the HI child for integrated education where the child goes to a regular school and he learns along with
his hearing peers.

Hearing Evaluation

Q) HOW DOES ONE GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR HEARING EVALUATION?
Appointments can be made over phone: ++91-471-2596919/2596920 or by person from NISH.

Q) ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE COMING FOR TESTING?
YES. The ears must be cleaned by an ENT doctor. A prescription for sedation dosage from an ENT doctor is required
for hearing evaluation of young children.Hearing evaluation is not normally done if the child is having acute cold.

Q) HOW EARLY CAN THE HEARING TEST BE DONE FOR SUSPECTED HEARING LOSS?
As early as possible without any delay.
NISH has facilities for doing hearing evaluation of even newborns.
Speech Therapy

Q) HOW CAN ONE GET ADMITTED FOR THE SPEECH THERAPY SESSIONS?
Speech therapy is given by prior appointment.

Hearing Aids

Q) DOES NISH GIVE FREE HEARING AIDS?
NISH distributes hearing aids to deserving cases under the Deenadayal Scheme of Assistance to Disabled persons for the
purchase of hearing aids implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India whenever the grant is available. Hearing aids are given free of cost to those who are below poverty line.

Q) DOES NISH UNDERTAKE SERVICING AND REPAIR OF HEARING AIDS?
NO. NISH sends damaged hearings aids to the original company service centre for maintenance.

Academic Courses

Q) WHAT ARE THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AFTER COMPLETING THE BACHELOR IN AUDIOLOGY &
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY COURSE?
They can register with Rehabilitation Council of India(RCI) and can work as Audiologist & Speech Language Pathologist in hospitals,
special schools, speech and hearing institutes, hearing instrument manufacturing industry, government and non government agencies
working for the disabled as well as to do independent practice. Excellent opportunities await abroad for higher studies and practice.

Q) WHAT ARE THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AFTER COMPLETING THE DIPLOMA IN TEACHING YOUNGHEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN (DTYHI) ?
They can register with RCI and can work as Pre School teachers for HI.

Q) DOES NISH PROVIDE ACCOMODATION (HOSTEL FACILITY) TO STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSES?
NISH does not have hostel facilities at present.

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