Vinaya Manchaiah, an Indian-American associate professor at Lamar University in Texas has been named to the 2016 class of the ‘Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology’ by the American Academy of Audiology. Vinaya Manchaiah is one of only a dozen individuals selected nationwide for the honor. Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders.
Originally from India, Manchaiah holds a PhD in disability research from Linkoping University, Sweden. He also holds a number of degrees including an MBA from Swansea University, United Kingdom, Doctor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University, MS in Audiology from the University of Southampton and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing from the University of Mysore, India.
Manchaiah is personally and professionally committed to contributing to the expansion of hearing healthcare profession and services throughout the world, especially in developing countries. Towards this he co-founded the non-profit non-governmental organization Audiology India, for which he served as president from 2011 to 2015. The organization seeks to foster ear and hearing health care in India.