Houston: 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 honour.
Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders.
Originally from South 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's of Science in Speech and Hearing from the University of Mysore, India.
Manchaiah is also the co-founder and director for strategic planning for the non-profit non-governmental organisation Audiology India, for which he served as president from 2011 to 2015. The organisation seeks to foster ear and hearing health care in India.
The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organisation of audiologists. The members look to provide hearing care services through education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.