CAA assists in developing professional guidelines and responds to proposed regulations and policies, providing a unified perspective on issues related to hearing health care.
The CAA Board of Directors and committees strive to advocate for audiologists all over Canada by providing a unified perspective on issues related to the professional of Audiology. For example, CAA:
- Contributes significantly to the advocacy work of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF). CIHTF has a multidisciplinary research and advocacy program aimed at making early hearing detection and intervention programs available across Canada.
- Participates in joint initiatives with federal health funding agencies to optimize funding of hearing health services and efficient processing of claims for consumers.
- Meets with Senators and both Federal and Provincial Members of Parliament to increase awareness of the impact of hearing loss.
- Supports regional projects to lobby for improvements in hearing health delivery.
- Participated in activities leading to Bill C-81, the Federal Accessibility Act.
- Works with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association to connect with consumers.
- Participated in the work to build national standards leading towards entry to practise exams for Canadian and International Audiologists to practise across Canada.
This is an update on the advocacy activities of the Canadian Academy of Audiology as a member of Hearing Health Alliance of Canada as of April 8, 2019. Two years ago, a small group of organizations began discussions on forming a National Alliance to raise awareness of the impact of unmanaged hearing loss, the need for prevention of hearing loss and the urgency to act towards building a national strategy for hearing health. A second group of organizations began similar work in June of last year. Both groups joined together to continue the work of a Hearing Health Alliance of Canada.
The governance of the Alliance is founded on the principle that many professions, consumers, fund raisers, researchers and companies have roles in ensuring a healthy and vibrant hearing health system in Canada. All these organizations have one major objective in common: to raise awareness and to address solutions to our failing hearing health care system in Canada.
The Hearing Health Alliance of Canada (HHAC) is a collaborative partnership between the Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario, the Canadian Academy of Audiology, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society, Cochlear Canada Inc., The Hearing Foundation of Canada and the Hearing Industry Association of Canada.
More Awareness Building Activities
- Places articles and advertising about Audiology and hearing health in national publications distributed to millions of Canadians through digital and print media.
- Interviews on national and local TV plus daily social media posts. We field many queries through our Website and Journal and connect people to service providers.
- The FindAnAudiolgist.ca is a member-only benefit to connect the public with Audiologists.
- Audiology 101 is a member-only PPT presentation for Audiologists in teach Family Practitioners and others about Hearing Health and Audiology services.
Standardized Professional Guidelines
Working alongside like-minded organizations, CAA plays an integral role in producing and maintaining practice and protocol guidelines that advance and protect the profession. In 2009, CAA, as part of the Canadian Interorganizational Steering Group for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, helped to develop and distribute Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines. In 2010, the team undertook the development of guidelines for the assessment and management of auditory processing disorders in children and adults.
Advocating Change to Legislators, Industry and Education
CAA collaborates with many organizations and associations to initiate reforms in the profession.
Ongoing relations with Federal Healthcare Partners (FHP), Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), Third Party Payers such as Blue Cross, and the NIHB Secretariat, enables CAA to affect positive change (e.g., fees) for patients/clients of audiologists. Ongoing issues discussed, but not limited to, include:
- Client eligibility for hearing aids
- Response time related to requests for prior authorization
- Ability of audiologists to prescribe hearing aids for our third party payers, in particular our Non-insured Health Benefits clients
- Appropriate fees for services
CAA’s Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Committee has also been established to advocate change to the wording contained in the eligibility criteria under the DTC as it applies to individuals who are hard of hearing. CAA has been working closely with CHHA, providing audiological expertise and support around matters related to the DTC.
As part of the Concerned About Classrooms Coalition, CAA is helping to enhance the learning environment of millions of children and the vocal health of Canadian teachers.
CAA members are asked to express their issues or concerns so that CAA may continue the dialogue with its partners in hearing healthcare services.