Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.



Your baby’s hearing is very important to her development of speech and learning. Early identification of hearing and speech difficulties is important. See your doctor if you suspect your baby may have hearing problems.

You can protect your baby’s hearing.

  • Make regular visits to your doctor or public health nurse.
  • Observe your child’s ability to react and respond to sound.
  • Seek prompt medical care for any ear infections or problems, or childhood illnesses.
  • Keep your baby away from excessive noise.

You can encourage speech development.

  • Talk and read to your baby often – you can tell him what you are doing or where you are going and what you see.
  • Look at your baby when she calls to you.
  • Imitate the noises your baby makes.

Does your child hear well?

Newborn to 3 months

  • Startles to sudden, loud sounds.
  • Appears to listen to speech.

3 to 6 months

  • Looks toward interesting sounds.
  • Responds to changes in your tone of voice.

6 to 12 months

  • Turns head toward soft sounds.
  • Begins to understand a few words.
(Source: BC HealthGuide HealthFile)