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Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NOC# 3141)

Friday, July 3, 2009


Audiologists and speech-language pathologists diagnose, evaluate and treat human communication disorders including hearing, speech, language and voice disorders. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are employed in hospitals, community and public health centres, extended care facilities, day clinics, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions, or may work in private practice.

Audiologists perform some or all of the following duties:

* Administer audiometric tests and examinations to diagnose and evaluate the degree and type of patients' hearing impairment

* Plan and implement habilitation/rehabilitation programs for patients, including selection, fitting and adjustment of hearing aid devices, teaching speech (lip) reading and providing counselling

* Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team

* Conduct research related to hearing

* May instruct students and other health care personnel.

Speech-language pathologists perform some or all of the following duties:

* Administer tests and examinations and observe patients to diagnose and evaluate speech, voice, resonance, language, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders

* Plan and implement remedial programs to correct speech, language and voice disorders

* Establish group and personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team

* Conduct research on speech and other communication disorders and on the development and design of diagnostic procedures and devices

* May instruct students and other health care personnel.

Employment requirements

* Audiologists require a master's degree in audiology.

* Speech-language pathologists require a master's degree in speech-language pathology.

* Registration with a regulatory body is required for audiologists and speech-language pathologists in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

* Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, may be required.

* In some jurisdictions, audiologists may be required to obtain a separate licence to dispense hearing aids.

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