Jessica Niemela is a pediatric audiologist in Vernon, British Columbia. Jessica’s previous career was as a registered nurse, most of which she spent in the emergency department. At the age of four, she was diagnosed with bilateral, moderate-severe sensorineural hearing loss, however she did not start wearing hearing aids until she was 20 years of age. She quotes “My experiences accepting my own deafness, coping with communication challenges, and ultimately wearing bilateral hearing aids shapes a big part of who I am today”.
As a person living with hearing loss, Jessica is a proud member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA). She volunteers as one of the CHHA-BC board directors and she is the Okanagan event coordinator for CHHA-BC’s Youth Peer Support Program. Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her young child and partner.