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Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

National Occupation Code (NOC): 3141

Audiologists diagnose, evaluate and treat individuals with peripheral and central hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. Speech-language pathologists diagnose, assess and treat human communication disorders including speech, fluency, language, voice and swallowing 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 and speech-language pathologists who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Job Duties for Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

Audiologists
  • Develop and administer audiometric tests and examinations using specialized instruments and electronic equipment 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 amplification devices, such as hearing aids, balance retraining exercises and teaching speech (lip) reading
  • Educate and counsel patients and families regarding the nature, extent, impact and implications of hearing loss and treatment
  • Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Conduct research related to hearing and hearing disorders
  • May instruct and supervise audiometric technicians, students and other health care personnel.
Speech-language pathologists
  • Administer tests and examinations and observe patients to diagnose and evaluate speech, voice, resonance, language, fluency, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders
  • Develop, plan and implement remedial programs to correct speech, voice, language, fluency, resonance, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders
  • Establish group and personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Educate and counsel patients and families regarding communication and swallowing disorders
  • Conduct research on speech and other communication disorders and on the development and design of diagnostic procedures and devices
  • May instruct and supervise communicative disorders assistants, students and other health care personnel.

Working Conditions for Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

Work is often performed in a variety of indoors settings: examples include government agencies, health departments, community centres, hospitals, schools, and private practices.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Amplification Audiologist
  • Audiologist
  • Audiology Clinician
  • Audiology Specialist
  • Certified Audiologist
  • Certified Hearing Aid Audiologist
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Community Audiologist
  • Community Speech-language Pathologist
  • Diagnostic Audiologist
  • Dispensing Audiologist
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Educational Speech-language Pathologist
  • Human Communication Disorders Specialist
  • Industrial Audiologist
  • Logopedist
  • Pediatric Audiologist
  • Research Audiologist
  • Speech And Hearing Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech-language Clinician
  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Speech-language Pathologist Clinician
  • Speech-language Pathologist Researcher
  • Audiologist
  • Certified Audiologist
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Educational Speech-language Pathologist
  • Research Audiologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech-language Clinician
  • Speech Language Pathologist

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