Nanaimo Workshops & Events

Register in person or by phone or email.

Nanaimo Office
102 – 6588 Applecross Road
nanaimo@idhhc.ca
250.753.0999

The below classes are all offered in person at our Nanaimo office unless otherwise indicated. 

Check out our Online Workshops here.

ASL Classes 

Level One is for beginning students and the content includes ABCs, numbers, meet and greet, family, colours, fruits and veggies, time, and calendar, transportation, questions, giving directions, as well as group practice and play! This course offers 12 hours of in-person instruction. Level Two is for individuals who have completed Level One.  

Level 1  

Tuesdays Jan 23rd – Feb 27th 2024  

6:00  – 8:00 pm  

Instructor:  Monika Lane  

** 6 classes @ 2 hours each 

 Level 2

Mondays Feb 5th – March 18th 2024 

6:00  – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Christine Ehrlich-Brady  

** 6 classes @ 2 hours each ** NO Class on February 19th  


 

Let’s Talk Speechreading Programs 

 Are you struggling to understand people – even while wearing hearing aids? We have many useful strategies, so let us help you. Let’s Talk is a small group speech reading and communication strategies course that helps people with hearing loss and their families to communicate better. Our courses run for 10 weekly sessions, taught by Leslee, Amanda and Wendy.  Limited seating. Captioning will be provided. 

Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30 am March 6- May 8

$125 for IDHHC members; $160 for non-members. Sign up for an IDHHC membership.


Maximus Job Fair – VI Conference Centre

Wednesday, April 10th 1-4pm.

A large-scale job fair offering opportunities to meet with employers and learn about various job openings. 

 

Online Classes

 

Sonic Perspectives: An Audiologist Speaker Series 

Join us for one or all of the six presentations as we explore the world of all things related to hearing health. IDHHC audiology team as well as experts from around the province will share education and provide updated information on subjects like cochlear implants, tinnitus and Bluetooth. All Sonic Perspectives are delivered Online with in-person viewing space @ IDHHC Victoria or Nanaimo. Captioning and interpreting will be available.

Each session is $10 or free for IDHHC members ($25 annually).  Sign up for an IDHHC membership.

Unlocking the World of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids 

Wednesday March 6 Time: 10:30 – 11:30 

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. 

Remote Technology and Bluetooth  

Thursday March 7th 12:00-1pm  

IDHHC is excited to host a webinar with audiologist Daniel Paccioretti who will be answering your questions on remote technology and bluetooth. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a Masters in Communication Disorders, Dan has more than 40 years’ experience as an audiologist. Dan has provided hearing-related services, and developed programs, for individuals with hearing loss of all ages. He has taught at the graduate level and conducted clinical research. Dan currently works as a consultant and trainer for the Pacific Audiology Group, a continuing education service for hearing care professionals.

Nurturing Your Hearing Aids – Care and Maintenance 

Wednesday April 3rd 10:30 – 11:30 

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. 

Tinnitus – a Q&A with Glynnis Tidball 

Thursday April 18th 12-1pm

 IDHHC will be hosting Glynnis Tidball, tinnitus specialist and audiologist for this webinar.   Glynnis Tidball is a registered clinical audiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and clinical instructor at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Her primary professional focus for the last two decades has been management of tinnitus and hyperacusis. She provides tinnitus counselling sessions at the St. Paul’s Hospital Tinnitus Clinic and is a sponsored speaker on tinnitus and hyperacusis to audiology and otolaryngology groups across Canada. Glynnis has also written articles on tinnitus, hyperacusis , and misophonia, published in the professional e-journal Canadian Audiologist, and participated in the development of tinnitus first aid kit for the Ida Institute.  

Seamlessly Connecting with Bluetooth and Wireless Technology 

Wednesday May 1st 10:30 – 11:30 

Our captivating workshop focuses on the wonders of Bluetooth and wireless advancements, allowing you to connect your hearing aids to the world around you. Uncover the magic of pairing your smartphone with your hearing aids and learn to download and use specialized apps for your hearing aids. 

Discover the joy of streaming audio directly from your phone, as well as from TV transmitters and remote microphones. Our audiologists will guide you through the process of troubleshooting Bluetooth issues and will help you fine-tune your hearing aids using your Bluetooth app. Join us for an enlightening journey into the future of hearing enhancement through wireless innovation. There is no cost to attend. Captioning and interpreting are available upon request. 

 

 Cochlear Implants (CI): what they are, how they work, & the CI referral process  

Thursday May 16th 12-1pm  

Join Jowan Lee and Myron Huen form the St. Pauls 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. 


Interview Skills  

Thursday January 25th 1:30-3pm 

A session designed to equip participants with effective interviewing techniques and strategies to make a lasting impression on potential employers. 

Delivered Online with in person viewing space @ IDHHC Victoria  


Practical Tips for Mature Job Seekers  

Wednesday January 31st 1:30-3 

 A seminar offering guidance and practical tips for job seekers over a certain age to increase their employability. 

Delivered Online  

 


Employer Forum: Skills and Attributes Needed for the Future   

Thursday March 21st 10:30-11:30 

A panel discussion with employers on the skills and attributes they seek in candidates for future job markets. 

Delivered Online  


Webinar for Employers/HR and Helping Professions  

Thursday May 9th 2:00-3:00pm 

A webinar addressing the needs of employers, HR professionals, and those in helping professions with respect to inclusive hiring and support. 

Delivered Online  


Disclosing a Diverse-Ability 

Wednesday May 22nd 1:30-2:30pm 

 A discussion on the nuances and considerations of disclosing disabilities in professional and personal settings. 


Interview Mock Day with Employers  

Tuesday May 29th 12:00-1:30pm 

An interactive event providing a simulated interview experience with feedback from actual employers. 

Delivered Online with in person viewing space @ IDHHC Victoria  

 


Follow Up Webinar for Employers/HR and Helping Professions   

Wednesday June 5th 12:20-12:45pm 

A continuation webinar focusing on advanced topics for employers, HR, and helping professionals. 


Communication Skills with a Hearing or Language Difference 

Tuesday January 30th 1:30-3:00pm 

A workshop focused on improving communication methods and understanding for individuals with hearing or language differences. 

Delivered Online with in person viewing space @ IDHHC Victoria  

 


Transferrable Skills for Career Change   

Wednesday Feb 7th 1:30-2:30 

A workshop to identify and leverage your transferable skills for a successful career transition. 

 


Foundations Computer Skills for Job Search  

Feb 27 , 29, Mar 5th only 10:00-11:30am  

This comprehensive workshop is designed to equip you with essential computer skills crucial for an effective job search. Tailored for the deaf and hard of hearing, our session covers fundamental digital skills, from creating professional resumes and cover letters to navigating job search websites and utilizing email communication effectively. Whether you’re new to the workforce or looking to enhance your digital proficiency, this workshop will provide the tools necessary for a successful job search in the digital age. 

Delivered Online with in person viewing space @ IDHHC Victoria  

 


Hidden Job Market   

Wednesday March 27th 1:30-3:30 

A seminar revealing strategies to uncover and tap into job opportunities that are not publicly advertised. 

 

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