GRAIN (www.globalaudiology.org) is focused on helping to describe current audiological practices world-wide and to foster networking among stakeholders in hearing healthcare.We believe this initiative will help promote standardized audiological practices, to help educate consumers of audiological services, and to facilitate standardization of practice guidelines.
Audiology education and practice vary considerably across countries. In North America and some parts of Europe it is well developed and considered as an autonomous profession. However, in most part of the world Audiology is still in its infancy and seen as a technical area that is part of otolaryngology, acoustics and so on.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are over 360 million people with disabling hearing loss. It is suggested that over 80% of this population live in low and middle-income countries where there is very little access to any audiological services. Hence, there is much work to be done in audiology to bridge this inequality in education and access to services. Moreover, much can be learned even within the developed world comparing audiology practice across countries and taking inspirations from good working practices. We believe the first step in bridging this gap is to better understand the audiology education and practice and to connect audiologists across the world. Hence, this forum may play an important role in developing audiology globally.
GRAIN will utilize two methods to accomplish its goal: (1) develop an internet website that provides information about audiology across the globe;
and (2) recruit key individuals who will volunteer to serve as resource editors and key contact people for the region/country.
The website will provide up to date information about audiology education and practice in the regions across the world. To make the work manageable the world will be further divided into five regions
(i.e., Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) and twenty-two sub-regions based on the United Nations classification.
The project will work with the following structure:
Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah and Prof. Ross Roeser are the co-founders of this initiative and will also act as the Senior Editors.
Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah currently holds the positions: Director of Audiology, Jo Mayo Endowed Professor, and Associate Professor of Audiology at Lamar University, Texas, USA. Dr. Manchaiah has worked in various clinical, teaching, research and administrative positions. He is the co-founder of Audiology India (NGO) and served as its president during 2011-15. He also served as the Board of Director of British Academy of Audiology. He has keen interest in travelling and so far visited 59 countries.