Name: Natasha Manji
Location: Audiologist at ListenUP! Canada, Toronto, Ontario
“Witnessing daily the profound impact hearing aids were having on both kids and adults in re-connecting them to the world inspired me to switch my career goals from teaching to audiology, and it’s the best decision I have ever made.”
Have you ever played with tigers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, experienced a full moon on Koh Phagnan Island or taken a day to see the Angkor Wat in Cambodia? You may have never heard of these places nor done any of these activities, but Natasha has. Her interest in travel has also taken her to a volcano in Hawaii and hiking on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver. Her next trip HAS to be a visit to Harry Potter World in Orlando!
Natasha completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in Health Sciences with Biology plus a minor in French. She later received her Bachelor of Education from the same university with the intention to teach high school students French and Biology.
While completing her undergrad and teacher’s degree at the University of Western Ontario, Natasha Manji worked as a secretary at a hearing clinic in London, Ontario. It was here where she learned of the field of audiology, and after enrolling in and completing her Masters of Clinical Science in Audiology in 2013, she joined ListenUP! Canada and has been an Audiologist there ever since.
“Over the past 3.5 years, I’ve seen young adults who’ve struggled to obtain employment due to their hearing loss successfully enter the job market,” says Natasha. “I’ve seen infants hear their first sounds; I’ve seen seniors reconnect with grandchildren and friends because they made the active choice to treat their hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect someone at any age, and it’s been heartwarming to see the significant impact we as audiologists can have on someone else’s life.”
By being a part of the Campaign for Better Hearing which encourages everyone to test their ears if they are 60 years of age or older, Natasha is able to improve the lives of others in a much more impactful way. For every free hearing test taken with one of the campaign’s sponsors, $4.00 is donated through the campaign’s Give-Back program to purchase hearing aids for those who really need them.
“The campaign allows me to promote hearing health awareness and hearing conservation daily,” says Natasha. “It allows me to educate patients on the importance of baseline hearing assessments, preventing hearing loss, and treating hearing loss.
Hearing healthcare is an area people usually don’t think is essential to monitor; the campaign has been an excellent way to promote healthy hearing for all Canadians, while also helping many in need receive the gift of hearing through our generous give back program.”
For Natasha, there are few things as rewarding as helping individuals who are socially isolated, who are withdrawing from their daily activities and who have general communication barriers due to their hearing impairment reconnect with their friends, families and the sounds of the world.