“Walking Together”: The Importance of Communication, Collaboration, & Community to Foster Belonging

Our health system is one that is concurrently characterized by being progressively transactional in nature, depersonalized in experience both for patients and those working and learning in these environments, and increasingly focused on integrating technology and quantitative data that supports management strategies for care. This has been compounded by health inequities brought on by disparities […]

Hearing Loss & Dementia: Understanding & Advancing Hearing Health Equity among Persons Living with Dementia

Sensory health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, stand at the intersection of two major public health challenges. Sensory impairments are among the most common and disabling comorbidities among individuals aging with cognitive impairment yet frequently go unrecognized and unaddressed. Among sensory impairments, hearing loss is one of the most common comorbidities among persons with dementia. […]

Expanding Services through Community-Engaged Research: Collaborating Across Disciplines and Stakeholders to Optimize Outcomes and Drive Change

Effective interventions and associated trials reflect the complexity and context of the communities with which they are tailored and the health behaviors they seek to address. Community-engaged methodology can capture these complexities and is an established approach within public health, particularly when focused on understanding and addressing health inequities. For example, within hearing care, significant […]

Re-imagining Hearing Health Care in Long-Term Care

The high prevalence of hearing loss among residents living in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings is fully acknowledged by Audiologists, Long-Term Care service providers, residents, and their families. Hearing loss frequently ​coexists​​ ​with other sensory impairments, cognitive changes, and health status challenges. The resultant communication barriers often lead to disengagement from previously enjoyed activities, social isolation, […]

Practicing Effectively in Relation to Interpersonal Violence

With over 40% of women experiencing intimate partner violence and most of their children exposed to such violence, speech-language and audiology professionals need to understand interpersonal violence and be confident in their approaches. Our research has studied the dynamics and health impacts of violence and developed effective interventions, including a freely available app for women […]

Advanced Hearing Aid Verification: New Technologies for Best Practices

Modern hearing aid verification includes more than just fitting to targets. Starting from best practices for the basics, I’ll discuss new development for achieving and measuring speech audibility in quiet, along with the background evidence for continued use of this as a best practice. However, we’ll also explore other uses of hearing aid analyzers and […]

Accessibility for Canadians with Hearing Loss

People with hearing loss face significant challenges communicating and accessing information. This presentation will discuss existing Canadian federal and provincial legislation (e.g., Human Rights Codes, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) designed to improve access for people with disabilities including hearing loss. Areas in which improvements have been made will be highlighted; however, there remain […]

Charting Your Course: Essential Steps for Launching a Successful Audiology Practice

So you think you want to open your own independent audiology private practice? There are many things to consider before embarking on this exciting venture, including finding a location, equipment, staffing, business plan, marketing, range of services, while positioning yourself against the competition. There are endless tasks to check off your list, and it can […]