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Helping Children Hear in Nunavut

Kids Playing in a field

The Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY) began as a Rotary project in Guelph. Over the past two years they have assisted school staff in 10 communities in Nunavut in implementing soundfield systems.  A soundfield system in the classroom is a system where the teacher is given a microphone to wear and her or his voice is transmitted to speakers placed around the classroom. This system increases the level of the teacher’s voice improving the signal to noise ratio (level of the teacher’s voice compared to the classroom noise). The focus of the project has been on training specialists throughout the region so that they can lead the charge in supporting teachers on how to use the systems to help children hear better.

Not being able to hear effects language development, reading, academic success and social interactions. It impacts all aspects of life. This project will help many students in Nunavut.

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Nunavut to help kids hear better. I will be in Cambridge Bay the week of May 21st and in Kugluktuk the week of May 28th. I am looking forward to this opportunity. To follow me on this adventure like us on facebook. I promise to post lots of pictures of my travels.

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