Here at SLENT Hearing & Balance Center, we want to do everything we possibly can to help our patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this blog, we have collated some useful links and contact information to help you access the essential services and support you might need during the COVID-19 crisis in St. Tammy Parish, LA.

And, don’t forget, for all your hearing care needs, we’re offering virtual appointments and will be in office during regular business hours for hearing aid repairs and essential diagnostic testing. Please click here for more details about this service.

NOTE: This page will be updated as new information becomes available.


COVID-19 Resources in St. Tammany Parish

Below we have compiled a list of useful resources to help you during the COVID-10 outbreak in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

Work and Financial Assistance

Help With Unemployment

Louisiana Workforce Commission

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please click here to file your unemployment insurance claim.

The call center will be open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily, providing unemployment insurance assistance to individuals. Call 1-866-783-5567.

Email: [email protected] Provide name, phone and last 4 of your SSN.

For the very latest updates from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, please click here. 

Help for Businesses

Click here for a list of useful resources for businesses in St. Tammy Parish during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Help for Restaurants & Restaurante Employees

Louisiana Restaurant Association

COVID-19 Resources for Restaurant Owners and Restaurant Employees. The Louisiana Restaurant Association provides the latest information so you can make the best decisions for your business.

Click here to visit their website.

United Way of SELA: Hospitality Cares Pandemic Relief Fund

If you earn at or below the minimum ALICE household survival budget of $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a household with children and are experiencing a financial emergency due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for up to $500 of funding.

Click here to find out if you’re eligible and to apply.

Email: direct all question to [email protected]

Free Online Courses

FreeSafe Food Safety and Career Development

Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, FreeSafe has developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping workers and the dining public safe.

Click here to view the free food safety courses.

Food & Nutritional Support

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health.

Click here to find out if you qualify and to apply for the benefit.

Northshore Food Bank

Northshore Food Bank is helping those experiencing food insecurity as well as sudden job loss. If you are in need of food as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, they might be able to help you.

Click here to view their food pick up procedure.


Help With Mental Health

CDC’s Resources for Stress and Coping during COVID-19

If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, anxiety, or depression, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:

Volunteering & Opportunities to Help

Northshore Food Bank

Northshore Food Bank is in immediate need of funds and food to serve our population affected by COVID-19.

Click here to donate funds, food, or to view their list of most needed items.

The Samaritan Center

Donations will be used to maintain the center and provide food for the community.

Click here If you would like to help.


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Dr. JJ Martinez, AuD, FAAA

J.J. was born in Wichita, KS, and was brought up in a Marine Corps family. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. After going to college at Southeastern Louisiana University, he went to graduate school and got his doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, LA. Soon after, he started his career in audiology and became board certified in Audiology.