Health unit still offering audiology, hearing services

Despite a current audiologist position vacancy at the Northwestern Health Unit’s Kenora office, the following audiology and hearing services continue to be provided through its Fort Frances and Dryden locations:
•hearing tests and screening for people of all ages;
•hearing care counselling and hearing health care information;
•customized hearing aid prescriptions; and
•hearing aid dispensing and repairs.
“Historically, the Northwestern Health Unit has employed the audiologists who work in the Kenora-Rainy River district,” said Karen Essery, director of family services for the health unit.
“We continue to be aggressive in searching for an audiologist for our Kenora office location.”
Since November, 2007, the position has been advertised provincially, nationally, and internationally. Not unlike other regulated health professionals, Canada lacks the number of qualified individuals required to fill current vacancies.
However, two other audiologists, Jackie McCormick and Tanya Bowyer, located in Fort Frances and Dryden, respectively, are available by appointment.
They travel throughout the district providing service to Sioux Lookout,
Red Lake/Ear Falls, Atikokan, and Rainy River.
In addition, McCormick will be visiting the Kenora office three times per month until another audiologist is hired.
Although the focus of the health unit’s program is on identifying hearing loss in infants and children, hearing tests and hearing aid dispensing services, including repairs, are offered to all age groups without needing a physician’s referral.
People wanting to know more about our services, and details on obtaining a hearing appointment, should contact their local health unit office or call the Kenora office toll-free at 1-800-465-4377.
May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month.