Audiologists hold Masters or Doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists are required to complete a full-time internship and pass a demanding national competency examination. By virtue of their graduate education and professional certification, audiologists are the most qualified professionals to perform hearing tests, refer patients for medical treatment and provide hearing rehabilitation services. They specialize in a wide range of assessment, habilitative, and rehabilitative services to individuals of all ages who are at risk for hearing impairment.
Audiology is also a regulated profession under the College of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists of Ontario. The mandate of the College is “to regulate the profession of Audiology and to protect the public interest. The College is committed to ensuring that the people of Ontario receive respectful, effective, high quality audiology.”
Lynne P. McCurdy, M.Cl.Sc., Au.D., Reg. CASLPO
Doctor of Audiology
Lynne obtained her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 after completing both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders B.Sc. (CD). Lynne recently completed her Doctor of Audiology Degree (Au.D) in March 2010. Lynne has also completed several courses in American Sign Language (ASL).
In 2012, she was the recipient of the Jean Kienapple Award for Clinical Excellence – this national award recognizes one Audiologist from across Canada who delivers outstanding clinical services on an ongoing basis.
Lynne is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), the Educational Audiology Association (EAA), VOICE for hearing impaired kids and The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA).
Lynne brings to the Wellington community a long list of experience in the hearing healthcare field. She has worked at Sunnybrook and Mount Sinai hospitals in Toronto as a clinical audiologist and held such titles as Clinical Leader and Professional Practice Leader. She has also worked at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario where she managed infants and children with hearing loss. Her more recent experiences include working in the hearing aid manufacturing sector as the Manager of Audiology and Customer Service as well as Product and Project Management titles. “The transition to business owner was an easy one for me, I’ve thought about doing this for years and when I heard there was a need for me in Guelph, I jumped at the opportunity”, says Lynne.
The decision to open in Guelph stemmed from the need in the community to serve infants who were not able to obtain complete diagnostic services under the Ontario Infant Hearing Program (IHP) in Guelph. For the past several years, families whose babies have required complete hearing diagnostic services in the Wellington region have had to drive to neighboring communities like Brampton or Kitchener to obtain services for their children. Company owner Lynne decided “its time for a state-of-the-art facility right in Guelph so that all members of the community young and old could be seen for complete audiological care without having to drive to neighbouring communities. It feels good to be able to finally provide these services right here in Guelph” said Lynne.
“My passion over the past two decades of my life has been hearing aids – I find the technology fascinating and I love being able to find the right solution for my patients regardless of their age” Both young and old will receive top notch service right here at home.
Richard and Lynne started Wellington Hearing Care in 2008 and he joined full time in 2012 as the Business Manager. Previously, Richard worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years including periods at Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Nortel Networks. He was also involved with the development of an 18-hole golf course outside of his hometown in Belleville – Trillium Wood Golf Club.
Erica Wong, M.Cl.Sc.
Wellington Hearing Care welcomes Erica Wong in July 2017 to our expanding family of audiologists. Erica has a Master of Science in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. She has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto for the past 15 years, providing diagnostic and rehabilitative services to patients aged 6 weeks to 95+ years old. She has held appointments with the University of Toronto, mentoring speech-language pathology students and teaching Otolaryngology residents. She has also been active with the Canadian Academy of Audiology, sitting on their board of directors and organizing annual conferences. In 2012, Erica was awarded the President’s Award for her contributions to the association.
A “small town” girl at heart, Erica looks forward to returning closer to her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo. When she is not working, Erica enjoys travelling, going on long walks/hikes, riding her bike, and dining out (she is a self-proclaimed foodie with somewhat eclectic taste!). Erica is excited to join the Wellington Hearing Care team, working on a part-time basis as she completes her Doctor of Audiology degree.
Leslie Warren, M.Cl.Sc.
Lesley Graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Audiology. Over the past 16 years she has worked in a variety of clinical audiology practices including 16 years in a hospital audiology department providing services to both adults and children. She has worked part time in private practice audiology clinics providing counseling and services to new hearing aid users and helping families with children with hearing loss. Lesley has been with Wellington Hearing Care on a part time basis since January 2012. Lesley commented that “I love my job at Wellington Hearing Care, working in a clinic that serves new born infants, children and adults allows me to put all my audiology skills to work to provide the best possible experience to residents of the Guelph community.
Doctor of Audiology
Sheila is a resident of Guelph with an impressive list of accomplishments as a Doctor of Audiology. You may recognize Sheila from her days at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she provided audiological care to the residents of the Guelph community for 12 years (1989 – 2001). For the past 13 years she has furthered her knowledge by working in the hearing aid manufacturing sector where she held such positions as Technical Support and Audiology Manager.
Sheila was responsible for training audiologists and clinicians across the country on how to fit and verify new hearing aid technology.
She is the mother of two grown children, and an active participant in our community.
She is a member of the University of Guelph Symphonic Choir and Royal City Musical Productions and volunteers with the Southern Ontario Amazing Race.
Office Manager Kathy Krueger joins the company with over 10 years experience in customer service. Kathy was thrilled to join the team at Wellington Hearing Care: “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to work and serve the local community for years. Now it’s finally happening”. She is an avid volunteer. She volunteers with the Guelph Wellington Special Olympics, Guelph Minor Track and Field and Guelph Soccer. Kathy and her energetic personality are sure to make you smile so drop in and say hi to Kathy.
Ashley is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has provided speech and language services to children within the areas of Guelph, Dufferin, Waterloo and Hamilton since 2000. Ashley offers assessment, consultation and intervention services for children who have speech and language needs and those with hearing loss. She has extensive experience working with children with various communication and developmental needs and those with varying degrees of hearing loss, including both unilateral and bilateral types of hearing loss and those implanted with cochlear implants.
Ashley obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2000 from the University of Toronto. Since then, she has furthered her clinical skills working with infants and preschoolers within various children’s treatment centres through the Preschool Speech and Language Service and the Infant Hearing Program. She currently works with school-aged children though our local school board to support their communication development and academic learning. In addition, she has many years of specialized training in auditory-verbal therapy and experience to support children with hearing loss and their families.
Ashley has a strong interest in the areas of autism, motor speech disorders, language and literacy development, augmentative and alternative communication, and hearing loss.
Ashley lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband and two sons.
Specialized Training in the Fundamentals of Auditory Verbal Practice for children with hearing loss (Levels I, II and III)
Certified as an instructor in Hanen’s “It Takes Two To Talk” (for parents of children demonstrating early communication skills) , “More than Words” (for parents of children with ASD) and “TalkAbility” (for parents of children with ASD) programs (http://www.hanen.org)
Trained in the Lidcombe Program for early stuttering intervention
Certification in the Fluency Plus Stuttering program
Certification in Introduction to PROMPT Technique Level I for motor speech disorders
Proficient with Proloquo2go and Touch Chat Voice Output Applications- for nonverbal and minimally verbal communicators