Communication devices centre unveiled here

FORT FRANCES—District clients of the Canadian Hearing Society will be able to see and try out all the amenities available to make their lives easier now that its new communication devices and accessibility centre has opened here in Fort Frances office.
Funded by the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Multiple District A, the centre is one of 18 being opened in Ontario, CHS regional director Nancy Frost noted during an opening ceremony Tuesday morning at 507 Portage Ave.
“It’s real exciting,” said Frost, who is travelling around the region to open other centres in Thunder Bay, Dryden, and Kenora.
Voyageur Lions’ Club member Jim Martindale, who also is immediate past district governor for Lions 5M10, said he was proud of Multiple District A for its commitment to all 18 of the new centres, especially considering four of them are in Northwestern Ontario.
He added such charitable work is indicative of the “humanitarian duties” the Lions fulfill world-wide.
The centre here features a myriad of communication devices for the hearing-impaired that people are encouraged to take a closer look at, ranging from telephones, alarm clocks, and motion sensors to smoke alarms and baby monitors.
Frost said the benefit of having such a communication devices and accessibility centre here is twofold.
While the devices always have been available for order through the local CHS office, having them “out of the box” and on display makes them more “user friendly,” she noted.
Clients can more easily see what’s available to them and use them first-hand before purchasing them—as opposed to just picking them out of a catalogue.
Secondly, Frost said having such a centre here will mean more sales of these devices, which is important because proceeds go back to the CHS, which is a non-profit organization.
The proceeds are used by the CHS to continue providing the services it offers, which include hearing aid fitting and dispensing, free hearing screening, education and information services, hearing care counselling, hearing help classes, and hearing aid loaners.
The local CHS office serves clients of all ages from Fort Frances, Atikokan, Emo, Rainy River, and the surrounding rural areas.
To check out the new communication devices and accessibility centre, drop by the local CHS office at 507 Portage Ave., which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Fort Frances Times)