Canadian Flag and Mountains Far North Pond Inlet Office Ulaajuk School Installing Sound Field

Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

We are audiologists, educators and supporters in Qikiqtani (Baffin Island) and Southern Ontario
ᓯᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᒍᑦ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔩᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᔪᓪᓗ ᕿᑭᖅᑕᓂ ᓂᒋᖓᓂᓗ ᐋᑎᐅᕆᔪ

Collaborating and donating our time to help northern children hear in classrooms
ᐱᓕᕆᖃᒌᖕᓂᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᖁᑎᕗᑦ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖏᓐᓂ

1/4 of northern children have hearing loss from extreme weather and remote conditions
ᑎᓴᒪᐅᒃᐸᑕ ᓱᕈᓰᑦ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᖏᑦᑐᖅ, ᓯᓚ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ, ᐅᐸᒐᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᖓᓄᓪᓗ

We provide equipment, training and ongoing support to install Soundfield systems in classrooms
ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᕗᒍᑦ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᕈᑎᓂᒃ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓂᕐᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓕᒫᑦ ᓂᐱᖃᐅᓯᖅᑕᐅᖁᔾᓗᒋᑦ

With teachers wearing transmitters, and speakers mounted on walls
ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔩᑦ ᓂᐱᖃᕈᓐᓇᐅᑎᓕᔭᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᓂᐱᖃᐅᑎᖏᑦ ᐊᕙᓗᒦᓪᓗᑎᒃ

Children can finally hear
ᓱᕈᓰᑦ ᑐᓵᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᑕᐃᓐᓇᕐᓗᑎᒃ

It’s hard to learn when you cannot hear
ᐃᓕᑲᐅᖅᑐᕐᓇᖏᒻᒪᑦ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᖏᓪᓗᓂ

Every child deserves to hear about the past when respected elders visit schools to tell stories
ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓕᒫᑦ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᓪᓗᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᓯᒪᑎᔾᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᑦᑕᕐᓂᓴᕐᓂᒃ

And to learn about the present from discussions with teachers
ᐃᓕᓪᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᑕᑯᖅᑯᔾᔭᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᖏᓐᓂᑦ

Better hearing helps education build a stronger foundation
ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑐᓐᖓᕕᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᖅ

Leading to a successful future where dreams come true
ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᔪᒪᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓐᓚᖅᑐᑦ

We are a small group working in a vast land
ᐱᓕᕆᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᖃᔅᓰᓪᓇᑯᓘᔪᒍᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᓄᓇ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᓘᑎᔾᓗᒍ

Help us help northern children to hear
ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᓱᕈᓯᖏᑦ ᑐᓵᑦᑎᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ


Children in the Arctic region have a 40 per cent higher prevalence of hearing loss than do children in other parts of Canada. Hearing is fundamental to the learning of language, and language is the basis of culture and its preservation.   Hearing loss is a direct cause of poor literacy, academic, attendance and graduation rates – if children cannot hear, they cannot learn.


The Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY) project aims to improve the lives of youth with hearing loss living in the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut. Our goals are to implement amplification technology in classrooms with support for sustainability, provide professional development, training and support for educators through a Virtual Resource Centre, improve audiology services to support the sole full time audiologist for the entire Qikiqtani (Baffin) region, and engage parents and the community by providing information to support the needs of children with hearing loss.