Monika is a part of the Audiology Support team at Phonak Canada. As soon as she heard about this project she was interested in it.
“Not only had I developed a particular interest in all things related to Roger technology and pediatric amplification since I joined the Audiology Support team at Phonak Canada, but I have also been very curious about the northernmost territory in our beautiful country,” says Monika.
She worked with the BHENY project, which was started to help children and youth with hearing loss in 13 underserved communities in the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut.
The goal of the project was to visit two schools to provide sound field systems. This consisted of overseeing the installation and training on the new sound field systems. In addition, Monika and her team worked on professional development for anyone who would be using the new technology. This included classroom teachers, student support teachers, student support assistants, principals, and administrators. They had training sessions with them to communicate the information to understand the importance of the equipment and how to use it in classrooms.
The team also facilitated community partnerships. These partnerships were to coordinate better access to hearing health care services for children. Also, to provide information and support for parents and community members.
On the last two days of the trip, the team held a Hearing Fair at a school. “The goal of the Hearing Fair was to create fun and interactive ways for children to learn more about ears and hearing,” says Monika.
Students split into groups and took turns visiting the various stations. In total there were five stations. Each station related to a hearing topic. One station focused on the basic anatomy of the ear and how we hear. The second related to noise and encouraged reflections on the loudness of everyday sounds. The theme of the third station was how animals hear. The fourth stations asked students to differentiate between things that are either good or bad for our ears. The fifth station was on hearing equipment such as hearing aids and Roger technology.
One more update from our #Sonova volunteer #MonikaNazair supporting our project partner Bheny in northern Canada. They held a Hearing Fair at two schools in #Iqaluit and #Apex on Thursday and Friday. During the fair, the students were split into small groups and circulated from one station to another. There was a total of 5 different stations, and each one was related to hearing: station 1: How the ear works, 2: Noise, 3: How animals hear, 4: Things that are good/bad for our ears, 5: Hearing equipment. The Hearing Fair was a wonderful and interactive way for children to learn more about hearing. #canada #heartheworld #fmsystems #csr #sonova #employeeengagement #HearNunavut #HearCanada More about our project work in northern Canada bit.ly/2qFJdUD
Monika said some of her favorite moments were from the hearing fair. “When we showed the children at the Hearing Fair the demo hearing aids in all the fun colors some of the children started shouting ‘I want a hearing aid!’ They then began comparing all the different colors and saying which one they would choose if they needed them. It was thrilling to see such an enthusiastic attitude towards hearing aids! All too often children with hearing loss may be self-conscious, embarrassed or shy about hearing aids,” says Monika.
Hear the World is an organization that supports disadvantaged people with hearing loss around the world and gets involved in prevention. It focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, to enable them to develop at the appropriate rate for their age.