September 10, 2019. At present, Islanders with cochlear implants (CIs) travel to Halifax for appointments with a Clinical Audiologist with the Nova Scotia Cochlear Implant Program.
With so many Islanders having cochlear implants, Joan Gallant wonders why an audiologist can’t come to the Island, instead of everyone having to travel to Halifax, a journey of several hours, for what is usually a 30 minute appointment. “I was hoping that sometime in the future, someone could come to PEI even once a year to see clients even though I know it means bringing a computer and records, etc. but there are sound proof booths here. It is very difficult now to go to Halifax for many of us. The transportation part is much more complicated and for a half hour appointment, an extremely long day travelling.”
Joan has put out a call for feedback from Islanders with a cochlear implant. Here’s her request: “I would like to try to see what we can do for those with CIs to have someone come to PEI at least once a year to service, check, make adjustments, etc. so we don’t have to go to Halifax. I wouldn’t mind if we had to all pay something and maybe the government would help. I had asked my audiologist how many people she thought had CIs on PEI. She guessed about 115. What are your thoughts?”
It’s a bit puzzling why an audiologist here on the Island isn’t assigned to the program, saving hours of travelling time and expense. Does anyone have an answer?
Thank you to Joan Gallant for bringing up this issue. If you have a cochlear implant, please share your thoughts on Joan’s request for input. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI
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September Chapter meeting: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church. Guest speakers: Patsy Beattie-Huggan, Community Engagement Consultant, will give an overview of the new 211 Information Service provided by the United Way. Brenda Porter will lead a discussion on taking responsibility for dealing with your hearing loss. Annie Lee MacDonald and Daria Valkenburg will introduce you to some of the Tinnitus Relaxation Therapy techniques they learned this summer.
Fall Speech Reading Classes: Level I will run Tuesday afternoons, from 2 to 4 pm in Charlottetown, beginning September 24, with popular speech reading instructor Nancy MacPhee, and will run for 10 weeks. Email email@example.com for more information or to register. What will you learn? Level 1 introduces the most visible spoken consonants, as well as thematic groups, such as colours and numbers. Students practice with phrases in class groups as well as with the instructor. General info on hearing loss, as well as coping and communication strategies, are covered. Speech reading takes lots of patience and practice, but it’s also fun!