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Welcome to I Listen! I Listen is delivered to your inbox, Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays. The stories are of interest to Canadians with hearing loss. The information is drawn from news media across Canada and around the world, and chosen to raise awareness of communication strategies that assist hard of hearing people in their daily lives. CHHA is the national voice for Canadians with hearing loss, and is a non-profit consumer organization.

Bienvenue à À l'écoute, un bi-hebdomadaire électronique qui vous informe sur les produits, services et événements d'intérêt pour les Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. L'information est tirée de diverses sources de partout au Canada et dans le monde entier. Notre objectif est de sensibiliser les malentendants et de leur permettre de choisir des stratégies de communication qui les aident dans leur vie quotidienne. L'AMEC est la voix nationale des Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. Nous sommes un organisme sans but lucratif.
                                                                                         January 25 | Issue 10
CHHA NEWS
Message from Executive Director

CHHA National reaches out to individuals, groups, chapters and branches to recognize World Hearing Day, March 3, 2017 http://www.who.int/pbd/deafness/world-hearing-day/en/ . Who better to recognize this important day than Canadian Hard of Hearing Association members?
 
World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event. Designated at the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing, China in 2007, the day aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world.
The theme for the World Hearing Day 2017 is ‘Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment’. This aims to draw attention to the economic impact of hearing loss and cost effectiveness of interventions to address it.

If you would like to receive updates and information about the World Hearing Day, you can register by sending an email to whopbd@who.int
 
CHHA National plans to partner with a few other organizations to draft a press release to demonstrate support for this event and raise awareness of hearing issues.
 
CHHA National challenges our members to be creative in celebrating World Hearing Day.  Here are a few suggestions:
  • Host an event to raise awareness of hearing issues;
  • Send a notice to your children’s school about Hearing Health Day;
  • Send a notice to your local hospital and your local member of provincial parliament
  • Include the tag line ‘Hearing Health Day, March 3’ in your email signature from now until mid March;
  • Draft an editorial for your local newspaper; promote World Hearing Day and discuss hearing issues;
  • Send an article to your local newspaper about the Day
The list goes on! We know you will think of more ways to be creative. Let us know what you plan to do. We’ll showcase your activities in the newsletter.  

- Glenn Martin, National Executive Director
FREE WEBINAR: Spotlight on Veterans with Invisible Disabilities! What is an accessible Canada to you?
CHHA National 
Are you a veteran living with hearing loss, mental health challenges or learning disabilities?

Let’s talk about the challenges veterans face during times of transition from service to civilian life.

 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12 P.M. EST

In this live webinar, we’ll discuss and engage you in the conversation: Contribute concrete recommendations to the Federal Governments’ proposed accessibility legislation

** The webinar will be fully accessible with CART captioning  

If you are unable to attend our webinars for the scheduled time, you can register and watch at your convenience at any time. 
REGISTER NOW
CHHA's Online Scholarship Application deadline is March 3, 2017!
CHHA National 
If you will be entering into full time studies September 2017 and experience a hearing loss, take advantage of CHHA's online Scholarship application!

Scholarships are open to anyone with a hearing loss who will be enrolled in a full time program in a post-secondary institution next September. To access the online scholarship application form, click on the following link: www.chha.ca/forms/en/

For more information about the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association or its scholarship program, please contact scholarship@chha.ca or visit the CHHA National Website at http://www.chha.ca/chha/scholarships-index.php 
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WEBINAIRE GRATUIT: Pleins feux sur les déficiences invisibles! Qu’est-ce qu’un
Canada accessible selon vous?

AMEC National 

Êtes-vous un ancien combattant qui a une déficience auditive, un trouble d’apprentissage ou un trouble de santé mentale?
 
Avez-vous accès à tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour vivre pleinement? Si la discussion sur la nécessité de reconnaître et de comprendre les déficiences invisibles vous intéresse, joignez-vous à nous à l’occasion d’un webinaire d’une heure!
 
Joignez-vous à la discussion sur les difficultés que doivent surmonter les anciens combattants durant des périodes de transition, en particulier les anciens combattants qui font la transition entre la vie militaire et la vie civile.
 
Vendredi, le 3 février, 2017 – 12 h (midi) HNE
 
Le programme du webinaire en direct vous incitera à prendre part aux discussions :
•               Présentation du projet Pleins feux
•               Points de vue de vos pairs et des personnes qui vous appuient
•               Réponses et réactions en temps réel aux sujets discutés
•               Contribution aux recommandations concrètes au sujet de la réglementation sur
l’accessibilité proposée par le gouvernement fédéral
   
Le webinaire sera parfaitement accessible grâce à la transcription CART


Si vous ne pouvez pas assister aux webinaires aux heures prévues, vous avez simplement à enregistrer et vous aurez accès par la suite à volonté.   
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT
WEBINAIRE GRATUIT: Pleins feux sur les déficiences invisibles! Qu’est-ce qu’un
Canada accessible selon vous?

AMEC National

Êtes-vous un aîné qui a une déficience auditive, un trouble d’apprentissage ou un trouble de santé mentale?
 
Avez-vous accès à tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour vivre pleinement? Si la discussion sur la nécessité de reconnaître et de comprendre les déficiences invisibles vous intéresse, joignez-vous à nous à l’occasion d’un webinaire d’une heure!
 
Joignez-vous à la discussion sur les difficultés que doivent surmonter les anciens combattants durant des périodes de transition, en particulier les aînés qui font la transition entre le travail, la retraite et un mode de vie sain.
 
Jeudi, le 9 février, 2017 – 12 h (midi) HNE
 

Le programme du webinaire en direct vous incitera à prendre part aux discussions
•          Présentation du projet Pleins feux
•          Points de vue de vos pairs et des personnes qui vous appuient
•          Réponses et réactions en temps réel aux sujets discutés
•          Contribution aux recommandations concrètes au sujet de la réglementation sur l’accessibilité proposée par le gouvernement fédéral

Le webinaire sera parfaitement accessible grâce à la transcription CART


Si vous ne pouvez pas assister aux webinaires aux heures prévues, vous avez simplement à enregistrer et vous aurez accès par la suite à volonté.   
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT
SONDAGE "PLEIN FEUX": le projet Pleins feux sur les déficiences invisibles
AMEC National

L’Association des malentendants canadiens (AMEC) et ses 20 partenaires pour le projet Pleins feux veulent consulter et susciter la participation des parties prenantes dans le dossier des déficiences invisibles au Canada en vue de fournir de l’information qui contribuera à l'élaboration de la législation fédérale sur l'accessibilité. Les consultations visent à examiner les défis actuels et les façons dont la nouvelle législation peut créer un environnement qui fournira à tous les ressources qui leur permettront de participer pleinement à la société canadienne.


La date limite est le 20 février 2017
SONDAGE
Date limite de demande de bourse d'études en ligne de l'AMEC: 3 mars, 2017!
AMEC National 

Si vous planifier être aux études à plein temps en Septembre 2017 et que vous avez une perte auditive, vous pouvez appliquer pour obtenir une bourse d'études en ligne de l'AMEC!

Les bourses sont ouvertes à toute personne ayant une déficience auditive qui est inscrite dans des études dans une institution postsecondaire partir de Septembre prochain. Pour accéder au formulaire de demande en ligne de bourse d'études, cliquez sur le lien suivant: www.chha.ca/forms/fr/ 

Pour plus d'information, veuillez contacter scholarship@chha.ca 
LIRE PLUS
NEWSLETTERS
CHHA Newsletter Submissions
Want to be featured in I Listen?
Submit your Chapter/Branch Newsletter to chhanational@chha.ca
We want to hear from you!
 
Register for 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea"! - Early Bird ends Feb.28
CHHA National
The scenic town of Sidney by the Sea (just outside of Victoria, British Columbia) will host CHHA members during the 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea". It will be held from May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre.

You can look forward to Keynote Speaker-Dr. Marshall Chasin (Hearing Loss: Getting the music back), Plenary Speakers-Dr. Douglas Beck (Issues in Tinnitus for Consumers) and Kathy Pichora-Fuller and Paul Mick (News for CHHA members about the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging), Exciting Workshops, AGM, Town Hall, Banquet Dinner and special Post-Banquet performance of "I'm Hearing as Hard as I Can!", A Show about Living with Hearing Loss by Gael Hannan with musical guests.

All events will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre, with CHHA member-friendly priced hotels just moments away. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rates!

** Register before February 1, 2017 and be entered to win a Sennheiser Headset! **
REGISTER NOW
CONFERENCE WEBPAGE
FREE WEBINAR: Spotlight on Seniors with Invisible Disabilities! What is an accessible Canada to you?
CHHA National

 Are you a senior living with hearing loss, mental health challenges or learning disabilities?
 
Let’s talk about the challenges seniors face during times of transition from the workforce and into retirement and healthy living.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12 P.M. EST

In this live webinar, we’ll discuss and engage you in the conversation:
•             Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project Overview
•             Hear from organizations and those that support you
•             Respond and react in real time to discussions
•             Contribute concrete recommendations to the Federal Governments’ proposed accessibility legislation

** The webinar will be fully accessible with CART captioning  


If you are unable to attend our webinars for the scheduled time, you can register and watch at your convenience at any time. 
REGISTER NOW
Spotlight Survey : Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project
CHHA National

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and its 20 Spotlight Partners are seeking to consult and engage invisible disability stakeholders in Canada to provide information contributing to the development of federal accessibility legislation. The consultations will review current challenges and explore ways legislation can create an environment to provide all Canadians the resources to thrive as full participants in Canadian society.
 
You can get information about this survey by going to our website at http://www.chha.ca/chha/spotlight.php
 
Deadline is February 20, 2017.
SURVEY
CHHA EVENTS
Spotlight Project Consultation Event
CHHA Vancouver

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
Light snacks will be served

Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC
3575 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC

This event is hosted in collaboration with the CHHA Vancouver Branch and will be followed from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. by a special presentation
REGISTER NOW
Toronto Youth Consultation/Forum
CHHA National 

Monday, February 13, 2017
Inclusive Design Research Centre - Community Lab
49 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON (location)
4:30– 6:00 p.m.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Inclusive Design Research Centre
REGISTER NOW
Fredericton Spotlight Project Announcement and Consultation
CHHA New Brunswick Chapter

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Wu Conference Centre – 1st Floor - Chancellor’s Room
UNB Conference Services
6 Duffie Drive, Fredericton, NB
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Light snacks will be served)
Project Announcement/Guest Speaker/Public Consultation
This event is hosted in collaboration with the CHHA New Brunswick Chapter

 
REGISTER NOW
Join us for Soundings: A Town Hall Meeting
CHHA NL

“Towards a better understanding of hearing loss and its impact on workplaces and lifestyles.”

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Capital Hotel - 208 Kenmount Rd
St. John's, NL
2 P.M - 4 P.M


This FREE CHHA-NL initiative is a listen and learn event that will continue the discussion around the challenges and opportunities being faced by people with hearing issues. You can help by attending and participating in the discussion – your input is valuable in helping CHHA-NL to improve the lives of people, families and organizations living with hearing loss issues. 
REGISTER NOW
CHHA Hamilton - Lip Reading Classes
CHHA Hamilton 

How often do you struggle to understand conversation?

STARTING MARCH 8th, 2017 - LIP READING CLASSES . . . Don't Delay - Register NOW!

You may register online (www.chha-hamilton.ca) or by mailing a cheque to:
CHHA-Hamilton (762 Upper James St, Suite 122 - Hamilton, ON L9C 3A2)
 
Your one-time payment of $50 provides you with: 10 weekly classes, your paperwork, the latest information on assistive listening devices and speakers.

Time: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: The South Gate Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton
Seating is limited, reserve your spot soon!
REGISTER NOW
2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea"
CHHA National

Mary Winspear Centre - Sidney, BC
May 25-27, 2017
Register Now!

For more information on the 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea" visit www.chha.ca/conference 
REGISTER NOW
CHHA Event Submissions
Submit your CHHA Events to chhanational@chha.ca
We want to hear from you!
 
INDUSTRY NEWS
Breaking down barriers for hard of hearing
Red Deer Advocate
Desiree Bauer
A barrier-free advocate hopes the use of a hearing loop to assist people with hearing aids last month in Red Deer was only the beginning.

Desiree Bauer, who uses a hearing aid and runs the support group Speak Up Central Alberta, said the International Day of Persons with Disabilities community event held Dec. 5 at Carnival Cinemas was the first barrier-free event for those with hearing aids in the city.

"It was very exciting. We see ourselves as welcoming and inclusive and this is one part of accessibility that I think we overlook," said Bauer who was part of the organizing committee for the event.
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New bone-anchored hearing implant helps patients traditional aid models can’t
Kingston Heritage

Six months ago, Adam Pennock couldn’t hear what his two stepsons were saying when they spoke to him from the backseat while he was driving. 

A cancerous brain tumour had cost him his right ear canal, and also compromised what hearing capabilities he had left.

Now, Pennock can hear both of the boys vividly, and will also be able to hear the cries of his brand new baby girl due in mid-January.

Pennock is the first patient in Kingston to receive a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) – a hearing aid connected to a titanium implant in the skull. Unlike traditional hearing aids, which transmit sound through the eardrum and middle ear into the inner ear, a BAHA sends sound directly to the inner ear.

While the concept originated in the late 1970s, the first BAHA implant took place in North America in late 2015, and advancements in technology and medicine have made way for the method to restore or allow for full hearing in those patients who cannot be treated with regular hearing aids. This includes patients like Pennock, who experienced hearing loss resulting from a tumour, as well as children born without ear canals.
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Higher Probability of Hearing Loss in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Shows
Fibromyalgia News Today

 A group of Norwegian researchers has learned that patients with fibromyalgia or widespread pain have an increased probability for hearing loss. This new finding demonstrates that fibromyalgia, and also other musculoskeletal pain disorders, may be associated with an overall dysregulation of the central nervous system.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain disorder. Besides the characteristic pain symptoms, patients with fibromyalgia frequently present other non-specific signs, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, memory and concentration problems, depressive symptoms, and irritable bowel syndrome.

More recently, the scientific field has taken interest in how patients with fibromyalgia experience hearing. Some studies have presented contradictory results, making it unclear if fibromyalgia patients are more likely than not to report hearing loss.
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INDUSTRY EVENTS
Industry Event Submissions
Submit Industry Events to chhanational@chha.ca
50 Hearing Years From Now
Hearing Health Matters 
 

Imagine, people with hearing loss-what will life be like a half century from now? The technology, the attitudes?

I'm getting ahead of myself. It's still early January of 2017 and this year I'm not even bothering with resolutions. Any I've ever managed to stick to, have been achieved purely by accident-like, you lose those five pounds because you had the flu. This year, there's so much great for sure stuff happening that I don't need to waste time or energy on what might occur. 

The biggie: this week I'm getting a cochlear implant (CI). In spite of seeing the transformed lives of so many friends after their implants, I can still only guess at what it will mean for me. (And you'll find out when I do, because I'll be writing about my experiences through February and March.)

So, 50 years from now...what will hearing aids and technology and life be like in 2067?
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Five dining out tips for people with hearing loss
Starkey Hearing Technologies 
Does it seem that, over the years, restaurants have been getting louder and louder? It's not your imagination! According to industry insiders, restaurants sometimes deliberately create louder environments for a variety of reasons. These reasons can vary from wanting to create a "fun" atmosphere to making it so customers don't want to linger - thereby increasing table
turnover and revenues. 

Having conversation in a noisy restaurant can be difficult, even for individuals with normal hearing.

The challenges are greater for those with hearing loss. 

Here are five tips to make hearing and understanding in a noisy restaurant
easier.
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London Police Unveil New Online Chat System for Non-Emergency Situations  
640 Toronto News 

Londoners now have a new way to contact police for non-emergency situations.
 
London Police on Monday unveiled LPS Chat, a new interactive chat system on the service's website that allows residents to communicate live with an officer about various non-emergency issues.
 
Police say the chat system, which is active as of Monday and will be staffed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., also allows members of the community who are unable to contact police by telephone, like those who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, the ability to easily obtain assistance from the service.

"The London Police also utilizes a text-to-911 service for individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, in the event that they require emergency assistance," said police in a media release. "LPS Chat is not intended to replace this service, and citizens with communication disabilities should continue to use the text-to-911 service when emergencies arise."
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IFHOH Journal
IFHOH
Click to read the January 2017 IFHOH Journal from the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People!
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