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Terminology and Issues in Accessibility

Editor’s Note



Issues in Accessibility – Current Accessibility Strategies in Audiology Practice: A Review of the 2019 CAA Accessibility Survey Results

Accessibility is about creating communities, workplaces, and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers – this includes audiology clinics. With the adoption of Provincial accessibility legislation (Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario) and the federal Accessible Canada Act, there is now greater support to create accessible environments in Canada. This takes the onus...

The Way I Hear It – What’s In A Name?

The sticky bog of hearing loss nomenclature often confuses ‘hearing’ people. It can also make grumpy-bears out of some people who ‘hear differently.’

Identity – A Personal Account

The CAA’s National Executive Director Chris Sutton shares his moving personal journey with hearing loss, terminology, and identity.

A Rose by Any Other Name…

With all due respect to Shakespeare and his roses,5 what we call someone is important, language is powerful, and labels can hurt.

Terminology in the 21st Century

Various terminology is used to describe people with disabilities. The use of certain terms is understandably negative and should be avoided.

From the Labs to the Clinics

Bob Harrison gives us a review of the many aspects of audiology where terminology is an issue. Sometimes important terms are misused, ambiguous or even lost!

Noisy Notes – Sound Intensity and Sound Pressure

Other than audiologists and engineers working in industrial noise control, audiologists will almost always use sound level or sound pressure, rather than intensity. When in doubt, use the terms “pressure,” “sound pressure level,” and “SPL” and you will be right 99% of the cases!

Guitar Speakers: Resistance vs. Impedance – What’s the Difference

From time to time, questions arise about the correct usage of the term “impedance” versus “resistance.” This article from looks at the usage of these two words for guitar loudspeakers, but it can also be used more generally in acoustics (and electronics).

A Proven Process to Increase Intakes, ASP, and Positive Patient Reviews

Do you think a “strong recommendation” is the way to go when presenting technology to your patients?  We invite you to think again. We’ve been told for years by practice development experts that we are the professionals and that we should offer a strong recommendation for a product after doing our diagnostic and lifestyle evaluation.

Maintaining Narrow Directionality While Improving Soundscape Processing

Our friends at Signia present this study on the enhanced signal classification system recently developed for their Signia Xperience hearing aids, investigating whether it is possible to obtain excellent soundscape processing for speech, while still maintaining a high level of narrow directionality.

2019 CAA Conference Recap

Read all about what went on in Halifax at CAA's most well-attended conference to date, and don't forget to save the date for next year's conference in Ottawa!


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