Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) play a vital role in concussion management, both in terms of treatment and awareness. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) has developed two position statements to promote the important roles of both professions in assisting those with prolonged symptoms following a concussion. Accompanying these position statements are webinars outlining the communication and hearing difficulties that can arise as a result of a concussion, breaking down the role of both professions in treating them.
It is the position of SAC that S-LPs are essential to quality, person-centred, interprofessional concussion care. S-LPs have a primary role in providing individualized, evidence-informed intervention to address the diverse communication and cognitive difficulties that affect day-to-day functioning following concussion, including the identification, assessment and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders.
SAC also hosted a webinar on the role of S-LPs in concussion management. The webinar provides an overview of the framework for understanding communication and cognitive difficulties that can arise because of a concussion. Focusing on the role of S-LPs in concussion management, the webinar also covers recommendations for clinical practice, interdisciplinary practice and advocacy.
It is the position of SAC that audiologists are essential to quality, person-centered, interprofessional concussion care across the lifespan. Audiologists have a primary role in assessing and managing hearing and vestibular issues that affect day-to-day functioning and communication following concussion. As such, audiologists must be involved in the development of a pan-Canadian approach to concussion.
SAC also hosted a webinar on the role of audiologists in concussion management. The webinar provides an overview of the impact of concussions on the auditory and vestibular systems, outlining diagnostic and treatment approaches as well as demonstrating the value of the audiologist as a health care team member those with concussions. The webinar also provides direction for advocacy both within and outside the profession.