What is the Sound of Change Initiative?

Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) has established the Sound of Change Initiative, designed to provide refurbished hearing aids to vulnerable and at-risk populations including low-income seniors and adults.

This initiative will provide free hearing assessment and treatment services and, working with local Lions of BC Hearing Conservation Society and other community partners, provide free refurbished hearing aids to low income individuals.

IDHHC employs two clinical Registered Audiologists to perform hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings and recommendations for other assistive devices. Additionally, and not done anywhere else, clients then also have a personalized communication plan developed for them consisting of hearing rehabilitation services. Working together the IDHHC team along with other service providers will work with individuals and families to support healthy communication options to those that need it most.

We are grateful for the support and partnership for this initiative from:

    1. – Lions of BC Hearing Conservation Society
    1. – The Vancouver Foundation
    1. – Greater Victoria Savings Credit Union Legacy Fund
    1. – Greater Victoria United Way
    1. – Local Audiologists and individuals donating hearing aids

     
    To find out more about this service or how you can support this unique initiative
    please call us at 250-592-8144.

    These images have been provided to explain the process, from first interview, assessment, fitting to follow-up.
    Initial Intake: When your hearing assessment begins, the audiologist will review your hearing health with you. They will ask questions to discover the specific types of environments in which you are experiencing hearing difficulties.

    Hearing Assessment: A diagnostic hearing assessment will be conducted by an audiologist. This will include a variety of tests to determine the degree of your hearing loss, as well as the level at which you can detect and understand speech in quiet and in noise.

    Further Testing: The comprehensive hearing assessment will provide the audiologist with information on which hearing aids would best be suited for your hearing needs. The hearing test results will be discussed with you.

    Fitting Appointment: After discussion of appropriate hearing aids, a hearing aid fitting appointment will scheduled. The refurbished hearing aids will be programmed to meet your specific hearing loss and hearing needs.

    How to: The audiologist will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in and remove them from your ear, how to change the batteries and how to care for and clean the hearing aids.

    Improved Ability to Hear: The hearing aids will improve your ability to hear by making important sounds louder and speech clear. The hearing aids often sound loud for first time hearing aid users; with consistent use of the hearing aids you will adapt to find everyday sounds are audible and comfortable.

    Follow-up Appointment: Follow-up appointments are recommended to ensure you are getting the most out of your hearing aids. Adjustments can be made to ensure maximum comfort and benefit.
    Further discussion of other helpful assistive listening devices and aural rehabilitation programs are also discussed at your first follow-up appointment. Regular hearing aid cleanings and repairs are also available in the clinic.
 
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