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Name: Tonyshia Janssen

Location: Hearing Instrument Specialist at ListenUP! Canada, Toronto, Ontario

“Nothing is more amazing than putting a pair of hearing aids on someone for the first time and seeing the spark in their eyes. It’s almost as if they came back to life, like they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be able to hear. I get to remind them!”

Tonyshia Janssen is incredibly curious about the world around her. She’s eager to dive into a new book and research on the latest news in health, politics, economics, culture, science and history! She spends all of her free time reading, or watching videos, that help her learn more about the world around her.

“I also love to drink tea,” adds Tonyshia. “Every time I have a chance, I try a new tea from a different area of the world. One of my favourites is Citron (yujacha) tea, a common Korean tea.”

It is this interest in the unknown, this love of new knowledge that makes Tonyshia an asset at ListenUP! Canada where, for almost a year, she’s been working hard to improve the hearing experiences of all her clients.

“It has always been my dream to help people,” says Tonyshia. “As I grew up, this took many different forms, but eventually, I found the hearing healthcare industry. As soon as I discovered the HIS program at Conestoga, I knew that this was the career for me. It is incredibly rewarding, and it encompasses so many things that I find interesting, like technology, healthcare, and working with people.”

Tonyshia graduated with a Hearing Instrument Specialist Diploma from Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. She started her student placement at the ListenUP! Canada in Windsor in January 2016. After her placement, Tonyshia was hired full time in May 2016. Now, her goal is to help people leave her office a different person than they came in: a person who can hear clearly again and absorb all the wonderful sounds around them that they couldn’t hear before. The National Campaign for Better Hearing helps Tonyshia achieve this goal.

“The campaign gives me an opportunity to help those who wouldn’t have otherwise gotten that help,” Tonyshia explains. “The campaign does this in two ways: The first way is by encouraging people to make hearing assessments a part of their regular medical routine. This gives me an opportunity to educate people about hearing loss, and allows me to treat those who may have gone many, many years without knowing they have a hearing loss. The second way the campaign helps is by giving me the chance to give a hearing aid to someone in need. Hearing aids are very expensive, and many people are unable to afford them. The Campaign for Better Hearing allows me to potentially give someone a free hearing aid; that can be life changing!”

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