Nanaimo Workshops & Events

Register in person or by phone at 250.753.0999 or email for more info.

Nanaimo Office
102 – 6588 Applecross Road

Public ASL Classes
Level 1: Wednesday, September 20 to November 8, 2023, 6-7:30pm
Level 2A: Monday, September 18 to November 27, 2023, 6-7:30pm
Level 2B: Tuesday, September 19 to November 7, 2023, 6-7:30pm
Are you interested in learning or developing conversational American Sign Language (ASL)? Level One is for beginning students, and Level Two is for individuals who have completed Level One. Level One content includes the alphabet, numbers, meet and greet, family, colours, fruits and veggies, time and calendar, transportation, wh/h questions, giving directions, as well as group practice and play. Each course offers 12 hours of in-person instruction. The purpose of these courses is to provide students with basic functional signing skills. Cost is $145 per person per level (non-refundable after the course starts). Spots are limited so register soon! Payment must be provided to secure your spot.
In-person delivery at IDHHC Nanaimo (102 – 6588 Applecross Road)
Registration is now closed

Tapping into the Hidden Job Market with a Hearing or Language Difference
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 2-3:30pm
Up to 85% of open jobs are never posted; learn how to network in ways that showcase your best self to potential employers, in ways that are accessible. Please advise if captioning or interpreting is needed.
Online Delivery
Registration is now closed

Unlocking the World of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids
Thursday, September 21, 2023, 10:30–11:30am
Are you curious about the intricate world of hearing health and hearing technology? Join us for an enlightening workshop that delves into the basics of hearing loss and the impact of hearing amplification. Discover how audiologists diagnose and categorize hearing loss and when medical referrals become essential. Explore the variety of hearing aids available and gain insights into what they can achieve.
Our audiologists will guide you through the art of an accurate hearing aid fitting, sharing their skill on real ear measurements – a critical step in ensuring optimal hearing aid performance. From understanding what hearing aids can and cannot do, to understanding the essential role they play in enhancing your auditory experience, this workshop will empower you with valuable knowledge for better hearing health. There is no cost to attend Captioning and interpreting are available upon request.
In-person delivery at IDHHC Nanaimo (102 – 6588 Applecross Road)
Registration is now closed

Cochlear Implant Support Group
Last Wednesday of each month: September 27, October 25, November 29 and December 20, 2023, 7-8pm
This is a virtual support group for those who have cochlear implants and are seeking support and expertise from others regarding their cochlear implant journey and the strategies they use in their daily lives. Captioning will be provided. Online Delivery
Ongoing registration

“Let’s Talk” Speechreading Instructor Training
Thursday, September 28 to Monday, October 2, 2023, 9:30am – 4pm
IDHHC is proud to offer the “Let’s Talk” Speechreading Instructor Training Program. It is a program designed to prepare you to teach others about hearing loss, its effects on people, strategies to improve communication and of course, the challenging skills of reading lips. An instructor with a hearing loss also becomes a role model for students so having a hearing loss is an asset when teaching! IDHHC will be looking to contract new instructors to teach with us. Take the course and get a job too! Cost is $600 per person + textbooks (Let’s Talk Manual & Hearing Help). Captioning will be provided.
In-person delivery at IDHHC Nanaimo (102 – 6588 Applecross Road)
Registration is now closed

ASL Coffee & Practice Drop-In
First 3 Wednesdays of the month, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and December 6, 2023, 5:30-6:30pm
Do you love learning ASL but wish you had more opportunities to practice outside of class? This drop-in group is for you. Come to, 1 or all 8 sessions, and chat with others that are eager to put their new ASL skills to use. We will provide an ASL instructor to answer your questions as well as coffee & tea. We look forward to signing with you. Cost is $5 at the door.
In-person delivery at IDHHC Nanaimo (102 – 6588 Applecross Road)
Registration not required

Nurturing Your Hearing Aids – Care and Maintenance
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 10:30-11:30am
Your hearing aids are more than devices; they are your connection to the world of sound. Discover the essential practices of caring for and maintaining your hearing aids to ensure they perform at their best. Our interactive workshop will cover the entire spectrum of care, from cleaning and changing wax guards to troubleshooting common problems and effectively using tools for cleaning.
Learn the art of changing your wax guards and explore the intricacies of feedback issues, retention locks, and dehumidifying methods to extend the life of your devices. Our audiologists will guide you through the steps to troubleshoot charging problems and will offer insights on when it’s time to connect with your audiologist for professional assistance. There is no cost to attend Captioning and interpreting are available upon request..
In-person drop-in at IDHHC Nanaimo (102 – 6588 Applecross Road)
Register by Oct 4 2023

Self-Advocacy & Bluffing with Gael Hannan
Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 6:30–7:30pm
Gael Hannan is a renowned humorist, writer, and speaker on hearing loss issues. Over the past 20 years, Gael has gained an international audience for her award-winning presentations and writings that help people better understand life with hearing loss. She is the author of “The Way I Hear It” and “Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully With Hearing Loss”. Join Gael as she delivers a presentation and discussion on how to get what we need from other people – and that starts with bluffing less! There is no cost to attend. Captioning and interpreting are available upon request.
Online Delivery
Register by Oct 9 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 9:30am – 12pm
Learn how to create and fill in your LinkedIn profile, and how to build your online presence using this business-focused social media platform. Location: In person in Victoria, or online. If joining online, please have two screens or devices available so that you can watch the presentation while working on your own LinkedIn profile! This workshop is offered at no cost Please specify if captioning or interpreting is needed.
Online Delivery
Register by Oct 10 2023

Interview Skills
Thursday, October. 26, 2023, 2-3:30pm
Practice interview skills needed for both online and in-person interviews. Bring your phone if you would like to video yourself for future reference. This workshop is offered at no cost. Please specify if captioning or interpreting is needed
Online Delivery
Register by Oct 19 2023

Cochlear Implants (CI): what they are, how they work, & the CI referral process
Thursday, November 7, 2023, 12-1pm
Join Jowan Lee and Myron Huen from the St. Paul’s Hospital Adult Cochlear Implant Program for a presentation and Q&A about Cochlear Implants. Jowan Lee began his audiology career as a dispensing audiologist, helping clients improve their ability to hear using hearing aid technology. After 4 years working in amplification, Jowan jumped at the chance to work as a cochlear implant audiologist at St. Paul’s CI program. 15 years later, he continues to enjoy seeing the direct benefits patients receive from their cochlear implants. Myron Huen had the honour of being a student at St. Paul’s Hospital early on in her audiology education, which helped her realize that she was passionate about working in the field of cochlear implants and diagnostic audiology. After completing her research and thesis at UBC and starting off with some relief Audiology work, Myron began her full-time audiology career as a diagnostic audiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, with the goal of joining the adult cochlear implant team. After working 7 years at St. Paul’s Hospital, Myron continues to be fascinated by the field of audiology as well as all the audiology and non-audiology related things she has learned from her patients. She also enjoys working with a wonderful interdisciplinary team to help patients reach their optimal communication potential. Captioning and interpreting will be provided.
Online Delivery
Register by Oct 30, 2023

TED Talk: Assistive Communication Devices
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 10:30am – 12pm
Join us for a presentation with Ted Clegg from Assistive Listening Device Systems (ALDS) where Ted will share the latest and greatest in assistive technology and how you can benefit from the many available devices. He will also be available to answer any of your questions. Captioning and interpreting are available upon request.
Online Delivery
Register by Nov 20, 2023

De-Stress Before the Holidays
Friday, December 1, 2023, 6:30-8pm
Come in to learn about or share stress-relieving techniques and tips. Take part in breathing exercises to help keep calm. This workshop is offered at no cost. Please specify if captioning or interpreting is needed.
Online Delivery
Register by Nov 22, 2023