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About Us

The Southwest Region Infant Hearing program is one of twelve program regions in Ontario that coordinate the Infant Hearing program through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The Southwest Region Infant Hearing Program is responsible for coordinating services in the communities of Elgin - St. Thomas, Middlesex - London, Oxford, Lambton, Huron, Perth, Owen Sound and Grey-Bruce.

All IHP Audiologists have received specialized training from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The IHP Audiologist will identify or rule out a hearing loss. The audiological assessment will provide more information than the newborn screening and may take up to two hours to administer. Additional visits may be required to complete all necessary assessments.

The IHP Audiologist will do several kinds of tests. One test measures the movement of the eardrum. Another uses a tiny microphone to detect a response from inside the ear. A further test measures your baby's brainwaves in response to sounds using small sticker electrodes placed on the forehead and behind the ears.

When the assessment is finished, the audiologist will talk to you about the results. Most babies are found to have normal hearing. If your baby has a hearing loss, the IHP Audiologist will offer you follow-up support services from the IHP Family Support Worker. You will be offered support and unbiased information throughout the decision making process to choose a communication method for your baby.

Locations

Southwest initial and community screening services are offered in the following communities:

Auburn
Aylmer
Clinton
Corunna
Forest
Goderich
Hanover
Listowel
London  
Millbank
Milverton
Owen Sound
Palmerston
Petrolia
Point Edward
Sarnia
Stratford
Strathroy
St. Thomas
Tillsonburg
Walkerton
Wiarton
Wingham
Woodstock

 

Audiologist services are offered in the following communities:

London
Owen Sound
Sarnia
St. Thomas
Walkerton

Community Partners

Southwest IHP Service Providers

We would like to thank the following organizations and offices for providing IHP services in their communities:

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital
Bluewater Health Services, Sarnia General
Clinton Public Hospital
Countryside Midwifery Services
Dr.A.Marsh, Owen Sound
Elgin Audiology Consultants, St. Thomas and Aylmer locations
Grey Bruce Preschool Speech and Language
Hanover & District Hospital
Huron Community Midwifery Services
Lambton - Healthy Babies, Healthy Children
Listowel Memorial Hospital
London Audiology Consultants
London Health Sciences Centre
Middlesex-London Health Unit, Strathroy office
Owen Sound Hospital/Grey Bruce Health Services
Pathways Health Centre for Children
smallTalk
SoundStart
St. Joseph's Health Care London
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
Stratford General Hospital
Stratford Midwives
Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
Talbot Creek Midwives
Thames Valley Midwives
The University of Western Ontario
tykeTALK
Walkerton Hospital/South Grey Bruce Health Service
Wingham District Hospital
Womancare Midwives
Woodstock General Hospital