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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-17

Research interests in speech, language, and hearing sciences: A scientometric study of master's dissertations

Chief Administrative Officer, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
S Ramkumar
All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysore - 570 006, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisha.jisha_2_22

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Introduction: The disciplines of audiology and speech-language pathology are fascinating academic domains, with pronounced 'clinical practice' component. The direction of research and coverage of clinical disorders in master's dissertations can serve as a baseline for future research. Method: The dataset covered 1111 master's dissertations from eight institutes in India spanning 2012-2017 and followed a bibliometric and analytical approach. Results: Domain-wise, the pattern was hearing and its disorders (45.82%)>speech and its disorders (29.79%) > language and its disorders (21.42%). In terms of sub- domains of speech, language and hearing, it was observed that voice and its disorders >phonology, articulation and their disorders >fluency and its disorders; child language disorders >adult language disorders. and diagnostic Audiology >rehabilitative Audiology. The clinical topics covered most in audiology were: rehabilitative audiology-hearing aids, cochlear implants; vestibular balance disorders; sensorineural hearing loss; tinnitus and hyperacusis. The five topmost clinical topics in speech-language pathology were: stuttering; cleft lip/palate; aphasia, feeding and swallowing; autism spectrum disorders and intellectual(Learning) disability. Conclusion: More studies on topics with emphasis on rehabilitative aspects could be attempted. The choice of topics covering advocacy and public health in the form of KAP studies is commendable and can bring about behavioral change and awareness about communication disorders. The speech and hearing institutes can initiate plans for synergy and active collaborations between and among the different players. A directed research agenda by the institutes to align with the national/global needs is suggested.

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