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Overview:

  • 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.

Tasks:

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 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.

Job Titles:

  • Audiologist
  • Certified Audiologist
  • Clinical Audiologist
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Research Audiologist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech-Language Clinician
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Expertise:

  • 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.

Vacancies:

Most of the opportunities are in British Columbia.

Pay Scale:

The wages range from $20.00/hr. to $46.93/hr. as per the location.