3141 - Audiologists And Speech-Language Pathologists

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • audiologist
    • certified audiologist
    • clinical audiologist
    • educational speech-language pathologist
    • research audiologist
    • speech therapist
    • speech-language clinician
  • All Examples
  • amplification audiologist
  • audiologist
  • audiologist, research
  • 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
  • pathologist, speech
  • pathologist, speech-language
  • pediatric audiologist
  • research audiologist
  • specialist, audiology
  • speech and hearing therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • speech therapist
  • speech-language clinician
  • speech-language pathologist
  • speech-language pathologist clinician
  • speech-language pathologist researcher
  • therapist, speech
  • therapist, speech and hearing
  • Exclusion(s)
    • Audiology and speech-language technical and assisting occupations (See 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)
    • Braille, lip-reading and sign language instructors (See 4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities)
    • Managers in health care (0311)
    • Phoniatricians (See 3111 Specialist physicians)
  • Main duties

Audiologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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, and teaching speech (lip) reading
  • Provide information to 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 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
  • Develop, plan and implement remedial programs to correct speech, voice, language, resonance, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders
  • Establish group and personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Provide advice and educational services to 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.
  • 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, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
    • Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, is usually required.
    • In some jurisdictions, audiologists may be required to obtain a separate licence to dispense hearing aids.
  • Additional information
    • Progression into management positions, such as chief audiologist or director of speech-language pathology, is possible with experience.

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