Outreach Program

Shedding light on the invisibility of hearing loss.

“Hearing loss affects at least 30% of persons over the age of 65, and the percentage of hearing loss increases with each decade of life” (Hosford-Dunn, 2015). It has been documented that individuals significantly delay before consulting and taking steps to remedy their hearing loss, with an average delay of 10 years. (Oyler, 2003). In those 10 years there can be significant psychological impact on the individual. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and has even been linked to dementia.

Hearing loss is invisible and often misunderstood. Many people are unaware of the problems and difficulties encountered in everyday situations by individuals who are hard of hearing.  Hear Québec’s Outreach Program strives to educate, sensitize, and inform the public about hearing loss, in hopes to decrease this 10 year gap. At each Outreach presentation, an individual with hearing loss shares their personal hearing journey. Request an Outreach presentation.

The Outreach Program is designed to:

  • Help people identify the signs of hearing loss;
  • Educate the general public about the pathways to services;
  • Share strategies about our own hearing loss and how we cope;
  • Increase understanding of hearing loss;
  • Publicize various Hear Québec programs;
  • Explain Government services available for people who are hard of hearing.

Who delivers this program

  • The program is supported by a team of hearing health professionals and those who are affected by hearing loss. 

Who would benefit from an outreach presentation 

  • Community Groups 
  • Libraries 
  • Senior groups
  • Groups living in senior residences.
  • Students and young adults.
  • Educational institutions, including CEGEPs and universities

For more information or to request the services of this program, please contact the office and communications manager at 514-488-5552 ext: 4500 or info@hearhear.org. Our Cell number for texting is 514-797-2447

Audiometric results from the 2012/2013 Canadian Health Measures Survey reported that high-frequency hearing loss was prevalent in 35.4% of Canadians aged 20 to 70 (http://www.chs.ca/facts-and-figure)

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