How a CHEO surgeon’s idea is changing hearing testing in the North

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The idea first came to Dr. Matthew Bromwich while on his annual visit to treat children in Iqaluit.

Many of the patients the CHEO ear, nose and throat specialist and surgeon saw in the North — where children suffer hearing loss at three times the national average — needed hearing tests. That often meant flying them and their families down to Ottawa because no audiologist was available in Iqaluit.

To 44-year-old Bromwich, who has been described as an “ideas factory,” it was a problem begging for a solution.

“I said: ‘Why can’t we fit something in a shoebox and send it up and do testing there?’”

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