Audiology is the science of hearing and the study of hearing loss. The Audiologist is a trained professional whose focus is on the prevention, identification, evaluation and rehabilitation of children and adults with auditory dysfunction and related disorders. An Audiologist has a master’s degree (or equivalent) in their profession. They attended accredited university programs for 4 to 6 years to complete their formal education
Using a wide variety of technical instruments, the Audiologist evaluates hearing functions. If hearing loss is present, the Audiologist initiates appropriate rehabilitative measures such as selection of hearing aids, training in speech-reading and listening skills, referral for further medical investigation or referral for testing by professionals in related fields. The Audiologist plays an essential role in the educational process and social adjustment of the hearing impaired person and his family.
Audiology has grown substantially in the last 40 years. With advancements in diagnostic testing, hearing aid technology and rehabilitation techniques, the scope of practice for Audiologists has dramatically increased. Today, with their present level of training, Audiologists have the expertise to provide hearing health services in the areas of:
Paediatrics - early identification of hearing loss in infants and children
Education - management of the hearing impaired child in the classroom
Diagnostics - evaluation and monitoring of hearing status; identification and differential diagnosis of type and degree of hearing loss
Amplification - intervention and treatment of hearing; fitting of amplification systems; technical repair and maintenance of hearing aids and accessories
Industrial - hearing conservation programs; prevention of hearing loss due to noise exposure
Rehabilitation - counseling, in-servicing, and therapeutic management to facilitate the educational and social adjustment of the hearing impaired person; communication strategies for the individual/family/community support networks
Prevention - hearing health education to increase awareness of hearing, hearing protection, and prevention of loss; risk factors for hearing loss, hearing conservation and assistive devices.
Professionals employed in the field of audiology keep up-to-date through continuing education opportunities such as workshops and conferences sponsored by provincial and national associations, ASHA, and allied health and education organizations.
The field of audiology is developing rapidly. To keep up to date professionals must be willing to learn continually. Every day at work is different; every client has different needs and different challenges.
Private hearing services are available across the province. Licensed professionals who have met the standards for practice in Saskatchewan are available to provide services if:
- You are unable to access public services*
- You want to get started right away
- You want more than public services* can offer
- You want a second opinion
*Note: Public services are available through schools, community health facilities, and hospitals
Private services are offered on a fee for service basis determined by the individual professional.
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