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Audiologists can work with people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. They may be involved in promotion, prevention, assessment, or rehabilitation related to hearing or vestibular disorders. They can also act as consultants, managers, instructors, counsellors, researchers, teachers or entrepreneurs.
Audiologists work in a variety of settings within the health and social service systems, mainly in hospitals and rehabilitation centres. They can also practice in the private sector, universities, and research centres, as well as in public and parapublic organizations.
Within all of these work settings, audiologists collaborate with a variety of specialists and professionals such as community organizers, doctors (mainly general practitioners and ENT specialists), educators, hearing aid technicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, teachers, speech-language pathologists, pharmacists, patient attendants, psychoeducators, social workers, etc., and, most importantly, clients and their families.
Audiology-related needs are increasing, for example:
Audiology is a profession with a reserved title and reserved activities. This means that no one may call themselves an audiologist or lead anyone to believe they are an audiologist if they do not hold a valid permit and are not registered on the membership roll of the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. Therefore, only registration on the Order membership roll grants a person the right to practice the profession, not the diploma.
To obtain a permit to practice and become an audiologist, graduate-level (Master’s degree) university training is required.
In Québec, a master’s degree in Audiology is offered at two universities: