Two best papers awards were won by the faculty of Department of ENT (Speech & Hearing),Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,during the 44th ISHACON 2012 held at Hyderabad.
Dr Sanjay Munjal,Anuradha,Dr Naresh Panda and Dr T Shyam K Singh were awarded Dayalan Samuel SSV Award for best paper in audiology Effects of cardiopulmonary bypass surgery on auditory functions.
In this paper,a study was conducted on 30 subjects with myocardial infarction scheduled to undergo cardiopulmonary bypass surgery.
Pre and post audiological assessment revealed post operative changes in hearing levels at some frequencies. These changes can be associated or may be due to reduced cochlear activity. Hence,it was recommended that every patient undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery should be evaluated pre and postoperatively with the help of audiological battery so that hearing loss if developed,can be identified and managed at the earliest.
Dr N Banumathy,lecturer in the Department of ENT (Speech & Hearing) was awarded Dr B M Abrol Award for best paper in speech pathology
Language free assessment tool for childhood apraxia of speech in difficult to test populations.
Young children with autism and other developmental disorders have symptoms of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or other motor speech disorders.
A language-free assessment battery has been developed to identify motor speech disorders,in very young children,especially those with co-occurring disorders that make testing difficult,such as autism and other developmental disorders.
Results show that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are affected by motor speech deficits.
This is one of the first tests that is language-free and would serve as an effective tool in early identification of CAS in children who are difficult to test which in turn will help in differential diagnosis and setting goals for therapeutic management.
As this test is language free,it can be used universally.