Research published by Stats Canada (October 2016) indicates that 40% of adult Canadians aged 20 - 79 have some form of hearing loss. Many people are also affected by a vestibular or balance disorder at some time in their life. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to social isolation, depression, dementia, reduced income and employment opportunities. Untreated balance disorders can impact mobility and safety. The services of an audiologist in assessing and treating these disorders can improve the quality of daily life. Whether it be engaging in a conversation with a friend, managing communication requirements in a classroom or the workplace or moving about in a safe manner, audiologists can help.
The ability to communicate is an integral component of being human yet is often taken for granted. For individuals with communication and feeding/swallowing challenges, the services of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) may improve the quality of daily life. Whether it be having a conversation with a friend, sharing a meal, or managing the communication requirements in a classroom or the workplace, SLPs can help.