Adults who have a permanent hearing loss may have communication challenges which may or may not require the services of a speech-language pathologist. Hearing loss is diagnosed by an audiologist.
If a hearing loss is diagnosed, the audiologist will provide services that include counselling related to coping with the hearing loss. In certain cases, a referral to the speech-language pathology department may be beneficial.
What are the typical assessment procedures?
Assessments are done by a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) at one of the NSHSC sites located across Nova Scotia. Speech, language and communication skills are assessed using a variety of formal and informal procedures. The S-LP will ask about the history, nature and severity of the hearing loss, the impact it has on communication and the use of amplification.
Who can be referred?
Any adult who has a hearing problem or is at risk for a hearing problem may be referred.
Who can refer?
We have an open referral policy meaning you can refer yourself to see a speech-language pathologist. A medical referal is not necessary. If you have a diagnosed hearing loss, the audiologist may make a referral. If you suspect you have a hearing loss and have not had a recent hearing test, a referral to an audiologist will be recommended.
Who should be contacted with the referral?
You should contact your local NSHSC to make a speech-lanaguage pathology referral. They will send you a case history form to fill out. It is important to fill out and return the case history form as soon as possible. An appointment cannot be booked until the case history form is returned. Please inform the centre if you need help filling the form out. We will be pleased to assist you.
Cochlear Implant Program
Adults with permanent hearing loss may wear hearing aids or other devices to help them hear sounds. One device that may be considered for adults with profound hearing loss is called a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The S-LP is an integral part of the cochlear implant team and works closely with the audiologist and other members of the team to support the adult.
Referrals should be sent to the cochlear implant audiologists at the Halifax Community Clinic.
Heather Maessen, M.Sc., Aud(c)
Adrienne Comeau-Grandy, M.Sc., Aud(c)
Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres
5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 201, Box 112
Halifax NS B3J 3R4