Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (NOC 3141)

Job titles

  • amplification audiologist
  • audiologist
  • audiologist or hearing therapist (health and social services network)
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Nature of work

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.

Fields of interest

  • Providing others with care and assistance

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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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.

Skill type

  • Health occupations

Skill level

  • Professional

More information

  • * Progression into management positions, such as chief audiologist or director of speech-language pathology, is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec
  • 630, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bureau 800
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3A1E4
  • Toll free: 1-888-232-9123
  • Phone: 514-282-9123
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