Canada: creation of the Canadian Coalition for Adult Hearing Health


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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) have announced the creation of a new coalition to promote use of the hearing healthcare system.

It is well known that significant numbers of adults who could benefit from hearing rehabilitation do not make the most of the available options. Canada is no exception and this is why the SAC and CAA have launched a joint effort with the creation of the Canadian Coalition for Adult Hearing Health. The group will aim to address the issue of finding ways to increase service levels in the country. It is made up of specialists in the clinical and research areas from across Canada.

According to a press release from the organizations, there are many ways to encourage use of hearing healthcare services in Canada, but the new group plans to focus initially on the most urgent issues. They hope to develop solutions that will have the broadest possible impact. Part of the work will involve interviewing experts including clinicians, experts in the research area, and consumers to determine the best possible approaches.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada will be organizing its annual meeting from April 27-30 in Halifax, Nova Scotia this year. The conference will focus on a wide range of issues relevant to adult and child speech and language and hearing healthcare, including for example reading skills, spoken language ability, bilingualism, the role of new technologies in improving care, and integration in the workplace. The conference will include an awards ceremony to recognize the work of people who have made significant contributions to the association or to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Source: Speech-Language and Audiology Canada