SAC Webcast: The Role of Audiologists in Concussion Management: Position Statement (2019)

Greg Noel, AuD, Aud(C)
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This webcast is eligible for 1 SAC CEE (Category A).

Presented by Greg Noel, AuD, Aud(C)

Intended audience: Audiologists, audiology assistants, speech and hearing assistants, students

This session pertains to: School Aged (5-17), Adults (18-64) and Seniors (64+)

Level: Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)

Awareness and understanding of the impact of concussion – a form of traumatic brain injury – is increasing in Canada. A concussion can effect hearing and balance mechanisms – both peripherally and centrally – and can also cause a number of physical, cognitive, communicative and emotional symptoms.. Although these difficulties usually resolve within four weeks of the injury, approximately 20% of individuals experience persistent problems that interfere with their return to regular activity (Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), 2018). When auditory and/or vestibular symptoms are present from a concussion, timely referral to an audiologist is necessary within an integrated collaborative team. Audiologists provide evidence-based practice in the education, rehabilitation, management and counselling for concussion clients and apply client-centered care in managing symptoms to facilitate optimal hearing, communication, comfort and balance in daily activities. 

This session will provide an overview of the impact of concussion on the auditory and vestibular systems, outline diagnostic and treatment approaches as well as demonstrating the value of the audiologist as a health care team member for children and adults with concussion. This session will also provide direction for advocacy both within and outside the profession.


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