The foundation of the School of Audiology and Speech Therapy is of considerable interest from both a scientific and social point of view. The aim of the school is to train people who are culturally and technically able to carry out research to ascertain possible hearing deficits of varying severity (especially in children) and subsequently subject these disabled patients to appropriate phonetic re-education. An increasing number of research programmes are being implemented by various organizations in both the public and private sectors, offering more job opportunities for audiologists.
The programmes aim to identify the onset and course of hearing damage caused by intense noise in industry (acoustic trauma deafness) for social and insurance reasons. These programmes help to provide appropriate care for people with hearing impairments and ensure that they receive an appropriate hearing aid. Elements that may play a role in the pathogenesis of deafness are also being discovered. The responsibility of speech therapists is to re-educate people who suffer from speech disorders – difficulties in articulating or pronouncing words. These defects can often profoundly affect a person’s mental state.