May is Speech and Hearing Month

April 2022

Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists work all across Prairie Mountain Health in both adult and pediatric services making a difference in the lives of Manitobans.

In an interview with Carla Good and her nine month old son, Edson Good, Carla attested to having timely and accessible care. Edson is currently receiving Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology services in Dauphin.

Edson didn’t pass the hearing screening that was completed while he was in the neonatal intensive care unit in Winnipeg. He then had a test booked with Audiology in Brandon that confirmed moderate hearing loss in his left ear. Services were available in Dauphin where Edson soon had an ear mold taken and he was fit with a hearing aid.

“The Audiologist made sure I was comfortable with placing and removing the hearing aid when we first received it and informed me how to care for it. I know that if I have any questions, I can always ask” says Carla.

Carla reported that as soon as the hearing aid was inserted, she saw a change in Edson. “He had greater reactions to noises, made more eye contact, began to turn his head to the sound and smiled even more then before”.

Edson has also been receiving Speech-Language Pathology services in Dauphin.

“We have been doing the Hanen Program virtually” says Carla. “Its been a guide to show me how to interact with Edson, make play fun, describe what I’m doing without using baby-talk”.

Carla said that having that developmental assessment to know Edson was developing on track has been reassuring as a parent.

Although there was some delay in receiving a second ear mold that was ordered, Carla reported that services were generally tailored to Edson’s and her needs. Appointments out of town were offered at a time that was convenient. Services offered in-person or virtually have been positive and accessible.

"We are thankful that Edson’s hearing loss was identified early through the testing that was provided and are so pleased with the results we are seeing with his hearing aid ” reported Carla.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology services across Prairie Mountain Health are available to those aged as newborns to seniors. For pediatric inquiries, caregivers can phone 204-622-2991 and leave a message. For adult inquiries, a request for service through your primary health-care provider is accepted.

PMH thanks the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists working in the health region for the good work you do every day!

Speech and Hearing visit2April 2022

Pictured: From left, Petra Smith, Audiologist. Middle: Edson and Carla Good. Right, Barb Froman, Speech-Language Pathologist.