Audiologists are hearing health care professionals who have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in audiology from a university. In Ontario, they are regulated by the College of Audiologists and Speech -Language Pathologists (CASLPO). As a member of CASLPO, they are accountable for the quality of care they provide and are obliged to uphold the ethical and professional standards of the College.
Audiologists are trained to evaluate and identify disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems. They provide non-medical treatment for hearing loss in infants, children and adults of all ages. Their education also provides the necessary skills to assess the hearing abilities of patients with disabilities and to identify those patients who intentionally do not want to reveal their true hearing levels.
When a hearing assessment has been performed and a hearing disorder identified, audiologists present the treatment options to the patient. If medical or surgical evaluation or treatment is indicated, the patient would be advised to discuss the results with a physician. The audiologist is often a member of a multidisciplinary group of health care providers involved in the care of a patient.
Audiologists also select, fit and dispense hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, prescribing a hearing aid is a restricted controlled act and as such audiologists can prescribe hearing aids.
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario