Promoting Hearing Health in First Nations Communities
Introducing a Sound Sense Champion: Dr. Jane Lea!
“Several months ago, when we discovered an unusually high prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in Hartley Bay, we knew that something had to be done.
Having heard about the Sound Sense program, and its effectiveness in reducing the risk of NIHL, I reached out to The Hearing Foundation of Canada, volunteering to deliver the program to Hartley Bay and other Northern B.C. communities.”
“It is crucial that northern First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) communities have the opportunity to participate in initiatives like the Sound Sense program. I am hopeful that Sound Sense will help to provide the knowledge and resources necessary to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss in these Northern communities.”
– Dr. Jane Lea, BSc MD FRCSC
Thanks to Dr. Lea, The TELUS Community Board of Northern B.C., and donors like you, we are now able to offer Sound Sense to those who need it most. Approximately ~30% of FNMI children currently experience some degree of hearing loss – that is nearly double the percentage of the general population.
Your support allows us to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss for children in the First Nations communities of Bella Bella, Tofino, Kitkatla, and Hartley Bay, and we only hope to keep growing.
When asked during a Sound Sense presentation what sounds they most enjoy, children in every classroom across Canada always give one common answer – music! So several years ago, THFC partnered with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to deliver a musical version of Sound Sense. The results have been outstanding. Working with the symphony, we have been able to reach more children in the Kitchener Waterloo region than ever before.
Given the great success of our Kitchener Waterloo partnership, we set out to build upon this musical model and reach more children with our important hearing health message. Thanks to The Ottawa Community Foundation the University of Ottawa’s School of Music, and donors like you, THFC is now able to expand this musical delivery of Sound Sense to the Ottawa region.
“The Sound Sense program aligns with the University of Ottawa’s commitment to service, learning, civic responsibility, and dedication to bilingualism. This program provides an excellent opportunity for our students to share their knowledge with younger students and grow as community leaders.”
– Lori Burns, Director, School of Music, The University of Ottawa
For more information about the Sound Sense program your gifts made possible, please contact our Manager – Education and Government Relations, Mary Smirle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-HEAR-YOU (432-7968)