A wide range of speech therapy and audiology services for MUHC patients

By on May 26, 2022 0

Patients at the McGill University Health Center with hearing and speech difficulties can count on a team of four audiologists, ten speech therapists and two administrative assistants who work in its four adult hospitals.

Collaborating to treat hearing loss

At the Glen site, audiologists work with patients with hearing loss, assist in diagnosing the extent of hearing loss, assess patient needs and treatment options, and educate patients about the most popular hearing amplification devices. effective. When it comes to treating hearing difficulties, audiologists often collaborate with ENT surgeons, such as when patients are fitted with bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs).

“This device involves surgery to place an implant under the skin on the bone above and behind the ear,” explains MUHC audiologist Janet Mackay. “This allows sound to be converted from the hearing aid microphone into a bone vibration signal which will be transmitted to the inner ear through the bones of the skull.” Audiologists are involved in evaluating patients for BAHA candidacy and programming these devices after surgery is complete.

Audiologists demonstrating the use of an audiometer in a sound booth. From left to right: Gigi Cho and Charles Riendeau

A new “team member” at the Glen site

Since 2019, Glen speech therapists have welcomed a new member to their team. The portable videoscope system named after Susan Langmore, the speech pathologist who pioneered the use of this instrument to assess swallowing, has become a staple in intensive care units. Susan, as she is affectionately known, provides speech-language pathologists with direct visualization of swallowing anatomy right at the bedside and facilitates collaboration with ENTs.

Carla Di Gironimo, Glenna Waters, Sonia Afanasieva
Carla Di Gironimo, Glenna Waters, Sonia Afanasieva

Follow patients over time to find new solutions

The Neuro has a team of three speech-language pathologists who focus on the assessment and management of communication difficulties related to neurological disorders. Kalyna Franko is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Outpatient Clinic.

Following an assessment of a patient’s ability to communicate, Kalyna will recommend strategies for the patient and family to help maintain communication.

“Some patients may benefit from practicing communication strategies or learning augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods at a specialized rehabilitation center,” Kalyna says. “”AAC can range from a low-tech method, such as using pen and paper to communicate, to using a high-tech device, such as using gaze to select words on a computer screen that will then be read aloud.”

Since ALS is a degenerative disease, Kalyna monitors her patients over time and recommends new strategies and approaches as their communication needs change.

Interdisciplinary MGH collaboration

The dynamic duo of speech-language pathologists at the Montreal General Hospital assesses, treats and counsels patients and families to help them identify their speech, language and communication needs. They work closely with the TBI, tracheostomy and intensive care teams and are an indispensable resource for patients in geriatrics, oral and maxillofacial, medicine and neurology.

“Every day, these skilled and compassionate professionals assess and treat patients with complex hearing, communication and swallowing disorders. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism and dedication to our patients,” says Jesse Burns, Director of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Adult Sites.

Yasmine Kheloufi and Alena Seresova
Yasmine Kheloufi and Alena Seresova