Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

Jacob Sulkers, MClSc '11

Jacob Sulkers

The School of CSD prepared Jacob with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently enter the workforce as an Audiologist.

Degrees Held: MClSc in Audiology (Western),
BA Honours in Psychology (Winnipeg)

Current Role: I am an Audiologist and Clinical Specialist with Advanced Bionics, a cochlear implant manufacturer. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted hearing device that restores hearing for children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss. My role is to support audiologists working with cochlear implants through programming support, troubleshooting assistance, and training. I work from my home and travel to audiology clinics across Canada on a semi-regular basis.

Why did you choose Western Health Sciences: I wanted to work with and learn from the best clinicians and researchers in my field. Western offered academic and real-world experiences that could not be found elsewhere.

How did your Western experience prepare you for the next steps in your career and what doors did it open for you:
I learned the skills necessary to enter the workforce prepared and confident in my abilities. I learned how important formal education and training is to my profession as well as the importance of ongoing, self-motivated learning. My experiences at Western connected me with professionals around Canada and internationally. I graduated as part of a community of professionals striving to provide the best possible care. I made invaluable connections with clinicians, researchers and industry representatives.

What do you find most satisfying about your career choice: The opportunity to help people in a way that truly impacts every aspect of their lives. Being part of a team that restores a person’s sense of hearing can be profoundly moving. I get to be involved in not only providing the sense of hearing but also helping children, adults and their families fully engage with the world.

Favourite Western memory: There is no one memory of Western that sticks out as a favourite. Rather, it is thinking of all the friends I made and how much fun we had in spite of (or because of) being a great big group of audiology-nerds. We pushed and constantly challenged each other and had a lot of fun doing it.

Best thing about being a student at Western: Being part of a community of like-minded individuals and learning from people who are the best in their field.

Advice to future students considering Western Health Sciences: Be prepared to be challenged and pushed beyond your limits. Take responsibility for challenging and pushing your professors and mentors beyond their limits. Ask questions and appreciate the discovery of new information and skills. Enjoy every aspect of the experience and be prepared to be welcomed in to the working world when you’re done.