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ADDENDUM

Dear Members and Associates:

This afternoon we published the fall issue of SAC in Action, which featured an article about SAC's two submissions to the federal government's Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. In the article we explained that our audiology submission focused on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and our speech-language pathology submission focused on S-LP services for seniors.

Since publication, we have received a few emails from SAC members who are concerned that our S-LP submission (Health-Care Services for Seniors) may have failed to address the important role that audiologists also play in providing hearing health care for seniors.

This email is to clarify that our Health-Care Services for Seniors submission did in fact include information about audiological considerations. 

Our decision to focus our audiology submission on EHDI was a strategic one. Since the launch of the EHDI report card in March, we have built a great deal of traction on this particular issue and we believe that it is extremely important to keep this momentum going in order to effect change. 

However, we also realize that in addition to addressing the role that S-LPs play in health care for seniors, the role of audiologists is equally important. As such, the S-LP submission clearly outlined the importance of audiological assessments, the evidence of cognitive decline with hearing loss, and the link between hearing loss and dementia.

Sincerely,

Chantal Kealey, AuD, Aud(C)
Director of Audiology and Communication Health Assistants
chantal@sac-oac.ca
 

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