Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

A Survey of Canadian Audiological Practices: Pure Tone and Speech Audiometry

 
Author(s) Allison DeBow
Waler B. Green
Volume 24
Number 4
Year 2000
Page(s) 153-161
Language English
Category
Keywords pure
tone
speech
audiometry
audiological
practice
audiologic
Abstract The purpose of this investigation was to survey audiologists in Canada concerning professional practice issues in the area of pure tone and speech audiometry. A survey was designed and sent to a randomly chosen group of 181 audiologists who were members of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA). Each audiologist received a letter of explanation and a four-page survey. Results are based on 115 surveys that were returned and considered usable for determining current audiometric practices. The data were analyzed descriptively using a spreadsheet computer program. The reported pure tone and speech audiometric practices of Canadian audiologists were discussed with respect to similar surveys conducted in the United States and with respect to scholarly literature. Canadian audiologists seemed to be following supported practices in most pure tone areas. In speech recognition measures several inconsistencies were noted which could influence the value of these measures in the audiometric test battery.



Cette recherche avait comme objectif de sonder les audiologistes du Canada pour commaître divers aspects de la practique professionnelle dans le domaine de l'audiométrie tonale liminaire et vocale. Une lettre explicative et un questionnaire de quatre pages ont été préparés et envoyés à un échantillon aléatoire de 181 audiologistes membres de l'Association canadienne des orthophonistes et audiologistes (ACOA). Les conclusions se fondent sur les 115 sondages retournés qui ont été jugés etilisables. Les données ont étéanalysées de façon descriptive à l'aide d'un tableur électronique. Les practiques ainsi rapportées en matière d'audiométrie tonale liminaire et vocale ont été étudiées comparativement à celles révélées par des sondages semblables aux États-Unis et à la lumière de la documentation savante. Il ressort que les audiologistes canadiens semblent suivre des pratiques entérinées dans la plupart des domaines liés à l'audiométrie tonale liminaire. Par contre, plusieurs incohérences ont été remarquées au niveau des mesures de reconnaissance de la parole, ce qui pourrait avoir comme conséquence de modifier la valeur de ces mesures dans la batterie de tests audiométriques.
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Link http://cjslpa.ca/files/2000_JSLPA_Vol_24/No_04_145-196/DeBow_Green_JSLPA_2000.pdf
 
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