May is Speech and Hearing Month. Approximately 3 out of 1,000 babies are born with a hearing loss each year, and 1 in 10 Canadians currently has a speech language or hearing problem.
Early detection helps children with congenital hearing loss get the treatment they need quickly.
One of the treatment options available in Manitoba is Central Speech and Hearing Clinic in Winnipeg. The non-profit organization which is affiliated with Victoria hospital, uses the auditory-verbal method along with high powered hearing aids or cochlear implants to help children learn to listen, hear and speak.
Executive Director Pam Campbell, one of the original founders of the Clinic in 1989, shared more about it on Tuesday's Morning Show.
We also met 27 year old Jessie Goodwill, one of the many success stories to come out of the clinic. Originally from Souris, now living in Altona, she received cochlear implants in Grade 3 after being born essentially deaf.
Jessie also talked about some of the work the Clinic did with her.
And a special hello to Elks Canada and the branches across Southern Manitoba who have donated thousands of dollars to speech and hearing programs across the country. The Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children has committed to donating more than $200,000 this year to assist children and young people with speech and hearing disorders.