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Audiologist

Audiology services are provided to residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) by Stanton Terrritorial Health Authority located in Yellowknife. Services are delivered in Yellowknife, as well as through regional travel clinics to Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik, and Ulukhaktok. The provision of regional services is achieved using various methods of delivery including community travel clinics, Telehealth (tele-video conferencing), telephone, e-mail, etc. The Stanton Territorial Health Authority team also delivers advanced services such as Videonystagmography (VNG) and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). Through the Infant Hearing Program in the NWT, audiologists see newborns screened in Yellowknife, Inuvik and occasionally Fort Smith. Some audiology services, such as intensive rehabilitation for vestibulopathology are delivered outside the NWT.

Audiologists work Monday through Friday, and are responsible for providing services to a diversity of clients from infants to seniors. In addition to assessment and intervention, audiologists are involved in service coordination, program support and clinical supervision of audiology students and hearing aid practitioners. Audiology in the NWT also involves the dispensing and servicing of hearing aids and assistive devices for all age groups.

Audiologists work interprofessionally and collaboratively with other members of the rehabilitation team (Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Physiotherapy), support workers, other health and social services professionals (nurses, social workers, physicians) and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) physicians to deliver services in a range of settings. Audiologists also work with various employers and employees in the prevention of noise induced hearing loss.

The NWT does not have legislation in place to regulate rehabilitation professionals; therefore, all audiologists are required to be certified members of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).