Elementary school students learn about hearing loss

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By Communications Staff
Thursday, May 20, 2010
More than 40 elementary school students who have hearing loss will visit Elborn College at The University of Western Ontario on Friday, May 21 to learn more about hearing aids, technology connectivity options, and interact with other students from across the district.

Elborn College houses the National Centre for Audiology (NCA), which has partnered with the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) for the event. The day will begin with visits to various labs for workshops led by audiology faculty and graduate students. The workshops will take place from 9-12 a.m.

After lunch, the Grade 6 to 8 students will also get to meet Canadian race car driver and NASCAR hopeful Kris Martin, who has a cochlear implant. Martin was born deaf but thanks to his implant has gained hearing and an ability to speak. 

Following Martin’s presentation, the local youth will participate in more activities led by graduate students from Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences, studying the disciplines of speech-language pathology, audiology and hearing science.

Eight teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing from TVDSB, will also be on hand, to assist in the day’s activities.
 

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