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Accessibility is about creating communities that ensure participation is free from barriers.  With the recent passage of Federal and Provincial accessibility legislation, it is important for audiologists to consider their professional role in supporting those who experience hearing barriers in the public context.  How can audiologists support improved hearing for different populations, with and without hearing loss or hearing aids, in the community?  Hearing environments of interest might include:  public/post-secondary education, transportation, information/communication, the workplace, and goods/service centres.


Learning Outcomes: 

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The Federal and Provincial Accessibility Legislation
  • Models of disability
  • Universal Design for Hearing
  • The National Building Code/the built environment
  • Assistive listening systems and devices used in community settings

Duncan Floyd

Assistive Listening: Hearing Accessibility in a Community Setting

After graduating from Dalhousie’s School of Human Communication Disorders in 1996, Duncan Floyd has practiced audiology in three countries. He has worked in his home province of Nova Scotia, at Sichuan University in Cheng-du, China, and with Northern Maine ENT Associates in the great American state of Maine.

Duncan has worked in medical settings with both adults and pediatrics and in education. He was the Clinical Education Coordinator for Audiology at the School of Human Communication Disorders from 2006-2017. Duncan has extensive experience in training as the clinical coordinator, as a supervising audiologist, as a lecturer (acoustic immittance measures and counseling) and with resident training of the Dalhousie University ENT program.

Duncan has worked with hearing aids and assistive listening devices. He has co-authored several research publications on middle ear analysis and has served on many national and provincial committees.

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