We Are IH: Vernon audiologist supports hearing-loss journeys

May 19, 2022

Name: Jessica Niemela (she/her/hers)
Job Title: Audiologist
Years of Service: 3
Worksite: Vernon Health Unit
Community: Vernon
Ancestral Territory: Syilx
Advice to live by: “It’s not just about hearing, it’s about being heard.” – Gael Hannan

Going through her own journey with hearing loss and wearing hearing aids provided inspiration for Jessica’s career choice. 

“The journey is not always easy and requires a holistic approach that goes beyond wearing hearing devices,” shares Jessica. 

The onset of permanent hearing loss can happen after birth, making it important for children to have their hearing screened prior to entering school in order to give them the best chance for academic success and social/emotional development.

Jessica finds it most rewarding to work with children and families through their own journeys with hearing loss and to see them become their own self-advocates for accessibility.


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