WA-1: Hearing Care and Underserved Populations: Working with Indigenous Communities


Providing hearing care to remote and indigenous populations has always been a challenge.  However. A number of advancements in communication and technology have helped improve some services.  This presentation will explore some of these changes and identify a number of barriers that still exist.  A study carried out 10 years ago by Children’s North Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) identified a number or areas of concern for families requiring services in Saskatoon or Prince Albert.  The current study in Saskatchewan with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Children’s North (ECIP) and the Saskatchewan Institute of Technology will attempt to identify existing issues from both a Northern and a Southern perspective.  Technological and administrative possible solutions will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to list two possible barriers that exists for patients in remote communities accessing audiological services.
  • They should also be able to identify a technological tool that  could be valuable for service delivery in these communities.