Vinaya Manchaiah

Director of Audiology
Jo Mayo Endowed Professor
Associate Professor of Audiology
Office: Speech and Hearing Building, Room 120-C
Phone: 409-880-8927
Fax: 409-880-2265


  • Ph.D. in Disability Research, Linköping University, Sweden, 2013
  • Executive MBA, Swansea University, UK, 2013
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Swansea University, UK, 2011
  • Doctor of Audiology, Nova Southeastern University, USA, 2006
  • M.S. in Audiology, University of Southampton, UK, 2006
  • B.S. in Speech and Hearing, University of Mysore, India, 2005


  • SPHS 4350   Problems and Projects
  • SPHS 6382   Analysis of Professional Literature
  • SPHS 6326   Research Methods
  • SPHS 6350   Research in Health and Disability: Interdisciplinary perspective
  • SPHS 6372   Candidacy Proposal
  • SPHA 6383  Candidacy Paper Presentation

Research Interests

  • Audiological enablement/rehabilitation
  • eHealth
  • Hearing aid demographics
  • WHO’s - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Occupational hearing loss and hearing conservation
  • Professional and regulatory aspects.
  • Psychosocial aspects of hearing loss
  • Tinnitus assessment and management

Selected Publications

  • Manchaiah, V., Danermark, B., Ahmadi, T., Tomé, D., Rajalakshmi, K., Zhao, F., Li, Q. & Germundsson, P. (2015). Social representation of ‘hearing loss’: Cross-cultural exploratory study in India, Iran, Portugal and United Kingdom. Clinical Interventions in Aging, In Press.
  • Beukes, E., Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D.M., Andersson, G. & Allen, P.M. (2015). Internet-based cognitive Behavioural therapy for adults with tinnitus in the United Kingdom: Study protocol for a randomized controlled Trial. BMJ Open, In Press.
  • Niemensivu, R., Manchaiah, V., Roine, R., Sintonen, H., Kentala, E. (2015). Health related quality of life in adults with hearing impairment before and after hearing aid rehabilitation in Finland. International Journal of Audiology, In press.
  • Rasku, J., Pyykkö, I., Levo, H., Kentala, E., Manchaiah, V. (2015). Disease profiling for computerized peer-support of Ménière's disease. JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, 2(2),e9. doi:10.2196/rehab.4109
  • Manchaiah, V., Danermark, B., Vinay., Ahmadi, T., Tomé, D., Rajalakshmi, K., & Germundsson, P. (2015). Social representation of ‘hearing aids’: Cross-cultural study in India, Iran, Portugal and United Kingdom. Clinical Interventions in Aging, In press.
  • Manchaiah, V.Rönnberg, J., Andersson, G. & Lunner, T. (2015). Stages of change profiles among adults experiencing hearing difficulties who have not taken any action: A cross-sectional study. PLUS One, 10(6): e0129107. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129107.
  • Zhao, F., Manchaiah, V., St. Claire, L., Danermark, B., Jones, L., Brandreth, M., Rajalakshmi, K. & Goodwin, R. (2015). Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake. International Journal of Audiology, 54(7), 435-443.
  • Pyykkö, I., Manchaiah, V., Levo, H., Kentala, E., & Rasku, J. (2015). Attitudes of significant others of patients with Ménière’s disease vary from coping to victimization. International Journal of Audiology, 54(5), 316-322.
  • Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D., Pyykkö, I., Kentala, E. & Levo, H. (2015). Positive experiences associated with acquired hearing loss, Ménière’s Disease and tinnitus: A review. International Journal of Audiology, 54(1), 1-10.
  • Manchaiah, V., Gomersall, P.A., Tomé, D., Ahmadi, T. & Rajalakshmi, K. (2014). Audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness: A cross-sectional questionnaire study of cross-cultural differences and similarities among professionals in in Portugal, India and Iran. BMJ Open, 4: e005915.  doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005915
  • Manchaiah, V., Rönnberg, J., Andersson, G. & Lunner, T. (2014). Use of the "patient journey" model in the internet-based pre-fitting counseling of a person with hearing disability: Lessons from a failed clinical trial.  BMJ Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, 14, 3. doi:10.1186/1472-6815-14-3
  • Manchaiah, V.K.C., Molander, P., Rönnberg, J., Andersson, G. & Lunner, T., (2014). The acceptance of hearing disability among adults experiencing hearing difficulties: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 3, 1-8. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004066
  • Manchaiah, V.K.C. & Stephens, D. (2013). Perspectives in defining ‘hearing loss’ and its consequences. Hearing, Balance and Communication, 11(1), 6-16.
  • Manchaiah, V.K.C., Stephens D, Zhao, F. & Kramer, S.E. (2012). The role of communication partners in the audiological enablement/rehabilitation of a person with hearing impairment: An overview. Audiological Medicine, 10(1), 21-30.
  • Manchaiah, V.K.C. & Stephens, D. (2012). The patient journey of adults with sudden-onset acquired hearing impairment: A pilot study. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 126(5), 475-481.
  • Manchaiah, VKC, Zhao, F., Danesh, A.A. & Duprey, R. (2011). The genetic basis of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD). International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 75, 151-158.
  • Manchaiah, VKC, Stephens, D. & Meredith, R. (2011). The patient journey of adults with hearing impairment: the patients' view. Clinical Otolaryngology, 36, 227-234.
  • Manchaiah, V.K.C. & Freeman, B. (2011). Audiogram: Is there a need for change in the approach to categorise degree/severity of hearing loss? International Journal of Audiology, 50, 638-640. – Letter to the Editor
  • Zhao F, Manchaiah VKC, French D, Price S. (2010). Music exposure and hearing disorders: An overview. International Journal of Audiology, 49(1), 54-64.


  • Co-founder and Board of Director for Strategic Planning of the non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Audiology India, (Sept 2015 - till date). Served as the president January 2011 to August 2015. 
  • British Academy of Audiology Board of Director for Membership and Secretary (2011-2014).
  • External Examiner for M.S Advanced Audiology at University College London, UK (2013-2014).
  • External Examiner for Foundation degree in Hearing Aid Audiology and Masters of Science in Auditory Science at De Montfort University, UK (2010-2014).
  • Editorial Board Member for the journals: International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Audiology Research and Journal of Otology and Rhinology
  • Reviewer for more than 20 academic and peer reviewed journals.
  • Participated in various specialist working groups including: James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership (JLA PSP) to identify the uncertainties that surround the treatment of mild to moderate hearing loss (2014-2015); WHO-ICF core sets for hearing loss (2012); and Ida Institute workshops (2009, 2012).
  • Welsh Assembly Government Scientific Advisory Group - Audiology sub-committee (2007-2013).
  • Welsh regional representative for the British Academy of Audiology (2007-2013)
  • Individual Record of Clinical Practice - National Audiology Clinical Learning Group (2007-2013).

Awards and Honors

  • Fast and efficient PhD award from Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Completed Executive MBA with distinction.
  • Winner of ideas of the month (April 2012) in IDEAS global hearing loss awareness competition for the proposed project "Sharing stories in different cultural context: Hearing loss awareness."
  • Completed the Doctor of Audiology program with highest honors.
  • Best poster presentation award for the paper "Tuning Curve Audiograms" at annual convention of Indian Speech Language and Hearing Association held at Mysore, India, in January 2004.

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