About Audiology

What is an Audiologist?
Audiologists are health care professionals who assess, treat and educate to prevent hearing and balance problems. They are trained to perform a variety of tests to determine the nature and degree of an individual’s hearing and/or balance problems. They see people of all ages – babies, children and adults.
Once the hearing and/or balance problem is known, an audiologist can help determine the best action to help individuals deal with their problems.
How to Become an Audiologist

Audiologists Requirements

Audiologists are required to have a master’s degree in Audiology to practice in Canada. After completing an undergraduate degree, Audiologists can complete their Masters in Audiology (M.Sc., M.Cl.Sc., M.Sc.S. or MPA) in two – three years.

Audiology Schools in Canada

Dalhousie University, School of Human Communication Disorders
MSc in Audiology Program

Why Study at Dalhousie
Our Master’s programs in speech-language pathology and audiology are three years in duration and include foundation as well as profession-specific courses. We deliberately have no prerequisite courses in order to attract the highest quality of applicants possible. Our students have a wide-range of academic backgrounds and life experiences.

We offer extensive clinical education opportunities including two 12-week placements, one in the middle and one at the end of the program, as well as other observation and practical experiences during the academic terms. Many of these experiences occur at the multiple sites of the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres and within School Clinics. More

Western University, School of Communication Disorders
M.Cl.Sc/M.Sc./Ph.D. in Audiology Programs

Why Study at Western University

Master of Clinical Sciences (M.Cl.Sc.)
Students focus on the development of clinical excellence, critical thinking and problem solving necessary for practice as an audiologist.

Research-Based M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Hearing Science
These programs in hearing science are offered through the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

Combined M.Cl.Sc./Ph.D.
This five-year program provides the opportunity to obtain the requirements for licensure to practice as an audiologist and research a topic related to hearing science. This program is offered through the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

As part of their degree requirements, students in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders participate in a wide range of clinical placements. Clinical settings include the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western, hospitals, schools, treatment centres, private practice locations and specialized clinics. Many of these settings offer students the opportunity to interact and collaborate with students and professionals from other disciplines. More

University of British Columbia, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
M.Sc. in Audiology Program

Why Study at University of British Columbia
Many SASS graduates receive job offers before they graduate. The majority are currently working in health authorities, school districts, and private clinics throughout B.C. and across Canada. The School’s graduates have been very successful in finding work within their chosen profession.

PhD graduates in audiology and speech-language pathology are in high demand. There is a shortage of academic personnel throughout North America. The School’s Ph.D. graduates have been successful at obtaining positions at academic institutions, as well as leadership positions in the professional community. More

University of Montreal, Faculté de médecine, École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie (School of Speech Therapy and Audiology)
B.Sc. spécialisé en audiologie/ B.Sc. in Audiology / M.P.A. Maîtrise professionnelle en audiologie, Ph.D. in biomedical sciences (Audiology option)

Why Study at University of Montreal
L’audiologiste évalue les capacités auditives des personnes malentendantes et recherche les causes et les facteurs aggravants de leurs déficiences. Il conçoit et applique des plans d’intervention afin de rétablir l’aptitude des individus ayant des difficultés d’audition, il travaille à réduire ou à éliminer les effets du handicap vécu par la personne et il fournit à l’entourage l’information et le soutien nécessaires.

Le baccalauréat spécialisé en audiologie est un programme préprofessionnel. Un diplôme de deuxième cycle universitaire est exigé pour la pratique de l’audiologie au Québec. Il s’agit de la maîtrise professionnelle en audiologie (M.P.A.), accessible aux étudiants titulaires du baccalauréat spécialisé en audiologie de l’École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie de l’Université de Montréal ou d’un diplôme en audiologie jugé équivalent. Deux options sont offertes, soit la maîtrise avec travail dirigé ou la maîtrise avec rapport de stage. More

University of Ottawa, Graduate Studies
M.Sc.S. Faculté des sciences de la santé, Bureau des études supérieures, programme d’audiologie et d’orthophonie / Master of Health Sciences in Audiology – Audiologie / Orthophonie, Ph.D. en science de la réadaptation

Why Study at University of Ottawa
La Faculté des sciences de la santé offre des programmes menant au diplôme d’études supérieures en études auditives-verbales et au grade de maîtrise ès sciences de la santé (M.Sc.S.) en audiologie et en orthophonie. Le programme de maîtrise a pour objectif de former des professionnels de la santé capables de travailler en français en Ontario. Les candidats devront posséder une connaissance des principes fondamentaux de la psychologie et de la linguistique et recevront une formation hautement spécialisée dans le domaine des troubles de la communication.

Le volet audiologie vise à former des cliniciens capables de faire des évaluations poussées des troubles du système auditif périphérique et central. La formation en audiologie couvrira les domaines du diagnostic audiologique, de la réadaptation auditive, de la pédoaudiologie, de l’audiologie en milieu de travail, et de l’audiologie pour personnes âgées.

Le volet orthophonie vise à former des cliniciens capables de faire des analyses et d’intervenir dans les cas de troubles du langage et de la parole, tels que des troubles de voix et de résonance, du bégaiement, de la dysphagie, des troubles de communication d’origine neurologique, et des troubles du développement du langage chez l’enfant.
Le programme d’audiologie et d’orthophonie offre deux volets d’études de deuxième cycle, soit l’audiologie et l’orthophonie, comprenant certains cours en commun. More

What Do Audiologists Do?

Audiologists can work in a variety of fields. Clinical audiologists work in a hospital setting or in doctor’s offices where they test hearing, perform advanced audiological tests (such as Auditory Brainstem Response, Electrocochleography, and Electronystagmography), assess middle ear problems, and prescribe and assess hearing aids. Paediatric audiologists work with children either in hospitals or in the schools. Some audiologists work with cochlear implants or other implantable hearing devices, from assessment of candidacy to post-surgical programming. Audiologists can also work in aural rehabilitation (training to help people hear better and get better use from hearing aids and other assistive listening devices).

Audiologists who work in industry or the military are heavily involved in hearing conservation, noise reduction, and hearing protection. Dispensing audiologists work in private practice and also fit and dispense hearing aids. Other audiologists may focus on neuro-otology or perform intraoperative monitoring of the hearing nerve (the 8th cranial nerve). Audiologists who work at universities do research and teach.

Where Can I Find an Audiologist?

Audiologists work in:

  • Hospitals (balance and/or hearing divisions)
  • Medical clinics (often in conjunction with ENT doctors)
  • Private practice offices (diagnostic assessments and hearing aid provisions)
  • Speech and hearing centres

Audiologists can also be found in some public and private schools, nursing homes and government agencies (e.g. provincial Workers Compensation Boards and Veterans Affairs Canada).

You do not need a referral from a physician to see an audiologist about your hearing and/or balance problems.