Hearing Aid Practitioner
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.
Located within Stanton and reporting directly to the Manager, Rehabilitation Services the incumbent along with one other HAP and 2 Audiologists independently provide diagnostic, intervention, preventative, educational, counseling and referral services to in and out-patients, ranging from pediatric to geriatric, who have hearing difficulties. The Audiology Unit consists of the Manager and 2 Audiologists, the Hearing Aid Practitioner and a shared Program Assistant.
The Audiology Unit has approximately, 2700 encounters a year. Patients of the Audiology Unit may access services directly or may be referred by physicians, public health nurses, teachers, parents, social workers, etc. The Hearing Aid Practitioner provides direct care (i.e. assessment, diagnosis, intervention, etc.), monitors the delivery of treatment delegated to the client and/or family and acts as an educational resource to clients, family, other health care professionals, etc. in various locations that include but are not limited to; the hospital, community health centers, the workplace, etc.
The incumbent will design and implement (deliver directly or monitor the delivery of) programs, educational material and deliver workshops on topics related to hearing difficulties.
The Hearing Aid Practitioner works with patients aged eighteen years and up (some exceptions made for travel clinics) who have hearing disorders. Services are provided to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and persons at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure, genetic causes, and exposure to certain drugs or middle ear infections. Diagnostic assessment includes but is not limited to; pre and post-operative assessments, infant hearing screening, etc. The Hearing Aid Practitioner will assess the extent of hearing loss and related disorders and recommend and/or prescribe intervention (i.e. hearing aids).
Types of care delivered to the patient may include but not be limited to; hearing aid prescription and fitting, troubleshooting and maintaining hearing aids, designing and implementing rehabilitation strategies, consultation regarding noise exposure, etc. The focus of the intervention is to maximize and maintain the patient’s ability to communicate effectively in home, social or professional settings as well as to improve quality of life. Some of the incumbent’s patients have communication disorders and therefore may not be able to request assistance, or communicate needs when required.
The Hearing Aid Practitioner evaluates the patient’s need based on presenting impairment, disability and handicap. The Hearing Aid Practitioner prescribes an intervention that meets the specific needs of the patient, keeping in mind evidence-based information, relevant best practice and clinical expertise. The intervention will contain but not be limited to; identifying other necessary resources (both human and material) and educational needs (i.e. alternative communication) and cost effective intervention strategies. The incumbent may recommend further diagnostic investigation or cross referral to other health care providers (i.e., ENT, social workers, Audiologists, etc.).
The incumbent educates the patient, family/caregivers, and the health care team involved in the health care plan on the nature of the diagnosis, purpose of the interventions and self-management strategies. The Hearing Aid Practitioner also links the patient and family with appropriate community partners/services.
As a Hearing Aid Practitioner within Stanton the incumbent also provides functional expertise and direction to other health care providers on the delivery of audiological intervention to clients.
As an independent practitioner, the Hearing Aid Practitioner applies specialized knowledge to perform basic audiometric testing and recommend assistive hearing devices; conduct minor hearing aid repairs; in accordance with current Hearing Aid Practitioners practices and the philosophy and objective of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) to ensure that the patient realizes and maintains maximum audiological functioning.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by the successful completion of a Diploma course for Hearing Aid Practitioner.
Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445
This job opening is for a 9 Month Term. Shorter Terms may be considered.
Transfer Assignments may be considered.
The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
The salary range for this position is from $40.51 per hour to $48.38 per hour (approximately $79,995 - $94,341.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.
Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.
Criminal Records Check
Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.
Job Opening Information
Job Opening ID # 17794
Closing Date: November 21, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time