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                                                                            Wednesday, September 21 | Issue 1

Welcome to I Listen... / À L'écoute...

Welcome to the NEW I Listen!  We incorporated your feedback from the membership survey to make this newsletter what you want to read! Expect to see the NEW issue of I Listen 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 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.

Message from your Executive Director: Glenn Martin

We're listening to you. The recent Member Survey and Communications notes from the Leadership in Action workshop told us you wanted an improved I Listen Newsletter. You asked for more input about the CHHA community and a more modern, lively design. Well, here it is.
Watch for this every two weeks. Let us know what you think. Be sure to send us your news to enrich the content.  -Glenn Martin, National Executive Director
CHHA National Report to the Membership:
Fall 2016

CHHA National

Please read attached to see what CHHA National has been up to! President's Message, A word from Executive Director, Spotlight, CHHA Projects and more!

Correction: Al Hiddema was the current President of CHHA Kingston Branch and not Margaret Shenton as previously stated in the CHHA National Report to the Membership: Fall 2016.
Call for Volunteers!
CHHA National

CHHA National is seeking volunteers to help digitalize our files at the National Office. If you or anyone you know is interested or have questions, please contact

Spotlight On...

Spotlight on.. CHHA Scholarship Recipient:
Michelle Edwards!

CHHA National

Michelle Edwards of St. Lawrence, NL is the 2016 recipient of The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000). 

She is currently studying Audiology at Dalhousie University. She believes that her own experiences with hearing loss will allow her to make a huge difference in the lives of her future clients.  She is most interested to work with the pediatric population in addition to considering a specialization in tinnitus and tinnitus retraining therapy.

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard of hearing people. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo was the founding President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and served on its Executive and Board of Directors in various capacities for 16 years.

The 2016/2017 Scholarship Process will be opening soon. Please check back to: regularly for details. If you have any questions about the scholarship please contact:



The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) Accessibility Advisory Committee- Still accepting comments until Sept. 30th!
Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)

On June 20th 2016, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association participated in the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting with 27 other organizations. This meeting was called to facilitate discussion on the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, with the goal of holding stakeholder consultation prior to updating the CTA’s accessibility policies for federally regulated travel. 
Shortly after the June 20th meeting, CHHA posted an article in the I Listen e-newsletter offering the CTA website as a way to stay abreast of developments and offer comments.  The CTA is still accepting feedback until September 30, 2016; we encourage our members and CHHA Branches/Chapters to submit their own recommendations, in support of those living with hearing loss. 
We invite you to submit your comments via email to (or via TTY: 1-800-669-5575), and there is a list of submissions available online at Please share this information widely through your network of contacts!
Upcoming Accessibility Forums in Ottawa, London and Whitby and Other Breaking News on Accessibility in Ontario
Upcoming AODA Accessibility Forums in London- September 30, and Whitby- November 12. Ottawa AODA forum was on September 19.
The AODA Alliance Express is making its way around Ontario to spread the word and promote more advocacy and action on accessibility across the province.

Workplace Accessibility Nominations
CHHA National

Nominate a workplace in your community that demonstrates excellent workplace accessibility. Workplace should follow some or all of the following criteria: accessible websites (including captioning for videos), accessible venues that have hearing accessibility equipment, good acoustics and lighting for patrons, accessible employers that offer the equipment their hard of hearing staff can use, or accessible events that offer looping/CART at their meetings and events. Please send a short paragraph on why you would like to recognize this company for their workplace accessibility measures. Nominations can be sent to until October 31, 2016. The member who sends the selected nomination will win a Sennheiser Headset. The most accessible workplace will be announced on November 14 and will receive a company profile on the CHHA website.
Toronto International Film Festival should have more closed captions, film fan says
CBC News

A movie fan with a rare genetic disorder that impairs his hearing and vision wants the Toronto International Film Festival to provide closed captioning for more of its screenings.
Michael McNeely, who has been going to the festival since 2012, said TIFF told him in an email that three films being shown at this September's festival will have captions. Ideally, McNeely said, those captions can be displayed on CaptiView systems — small screens that deliver captioning for individual fans — so fans like him can read along while others just watch. 
However, three movies out of some 400 isn't good enough, McNeely said.
"Just three films … that's the best they can do in 2016?" he said in an interview with CBC News.
Perte auditive : la troisième pathologie chronique la plus répandue chez les seniors

La perte auditive est la troisième pathologie chronique la plus répandue chez les seniors, après l’hypertension et l’arthrite, et elle a de lourdes conséquences sur le moral et la santé des malentendants.

A New Opera About Deafness 

Beverly Biderman, CHHA member and author of "Wired for Sound: a Journey into Hearing" is pleased to announce the birth of an opera based on her memoir of learning to hear with a cochlear implant. The opera, titled "TMIE, standing on the threshold of the outside world", will premiere September 8, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal at Miso Music Portugal. The soprano singing the role of Ms. Biderman at the premiere is Marina Pacheco, and the composer and librettist is Carlos Alberto Augusto. Other venues for the opera are being planned. "TMIE" is not a typo, but the name of a gene involved in hearing. A 2016 ebook and print edition of "Wired for Sound: A Journey into Hearing Revised and Updated with a New a Postscript" is now available.
Cochlear implants bring music to ears
The Guardian P.E.I
Three Island women describe what it’s like to hear again.

Fran Salsman and Alma Nunn sang in their church choir – until they were unable to follow the music due to hearing loss. “I’ve never had much hearing in my left ear,” Salsman says. “In the 1980s I got my first hearing aid.  My ‘good ear’ got progressively worse, and two years ago I had a cochlear implant.” The hard of hearing can become socially isolated, finding it easier to stay home, no matter how lonely...

Classes offered in Charlottetown for hard of hearing
CHHA P.E.I Chapter

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association P.E.I. Chapter is offering speech-reading classes at Sobeys community room in Charlottetown. The classes will provide anyone with difficulty hearing, tools to help them communicate more effectively.


CHHA Hamilton Newsletter:
September 2016

CHHA Hamilton

Read the September 2016 Issue of Hamilton Branch Newsletter; Here, Hear!

If you would like to see your Chapter or Branch newsletter featured in I Listen, send a copy of your latest newsletter to


CHHA Events

Join Walk2Hear in support of People with Hearing Loss in Canada, September 25!
CHHA Vancouver +Young Adults Network (YAN)

Come Walk with Us! The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is undertaking their yearly Walk2Hear Walkathon fundraiser. Walk2Hear will be held in Vancouver this year. This walkathon will have 2 KM and 5 KM routes; each will follow the beach to the west of the registration site. T-Shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Can’t make it to the walk? Register as a virtual walker to help the Young Adults Network raise funds for Leaders of Tomorrow Retreat!

Click here to register with Vancouver:
Click here to register as a virtual walker with YAN:
CHHA Hamilton Branch held their Golf Tournament on September 10. Lorin MacDonald (CHHA President) and Joan Miller (long-time member of CHHA & past CHHA National Board member)
The Natural History of Tinnitus w/ Professor Larry Roberts
CHHA Hamilton

September 29: 7-9 PM
Southgate Church, 120 Clarendon Avenue

Registration: 905-575-4964 or
CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

Register now for CHHA National Conference and take advantage of the early bird rates!

May 25-27, 2017
Mary Winspear Centre
Sidney, BC
Love Poem for My Hearing Aids
Hearing Health Matters

Sometimes I moan and groan about my hearing aids, but every once in a while I see them as they are: little technical gifts that take me from hearing almost nothing to being able to perceive the sounds of the world. Not perfectly, but well enough to be grateful.  
A couple of years ago, I wrote “Ode to an Aid” for (HHTM), and recently I performed it as a spoken poem as part of a presentation to a hearing aid retailer conference.... 

Two-year wait for cochlear implant forces BC nurse to give up job she loves
The Province

Jordona Hubber’s world is never silent. Day and night, the ringing in her ears is constant — a loud, high-pitched hum that drowns out the sound of chirping birds, car horns, and the voices of her husband and children. 

It started in her right ear five years ago, and got progressively worse. The hearing loss has cost Hubber her job as a registered nurse at Kelowna General Hospital and has put a strain on her relationship with family and friends, and on her emotional and mental well-being. 

Doctors told Hubber a cochlear implant — an electronic device implanted in the inner ear and connected to an external processor that helps convert and send sound signals to the brain — would dramatically improve her hearing and quality of life, but she has to wait two years for the surgery. 
16th Annual Hear Here Event
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

The 16th annual Hear Here event will be held at the Whitby Abilities Centre located at: 55 Gordon Street  Whitby, Ontario  L1N 0J2 on Sunday September 25th from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. The location is a short walking distance from the Whitby Go Station. The main focus of the event is to promote public awareness to rid people of the stereotypes and stigmas associated with hearing loss. We want to make people aware that hearing loss is not directly related to how old one is and that children do wear hearing aids as well. This year there will be a magic show, clowns, wheelchair accessible inflatables, face painting, critters, caricature drawing, a BBQ and lots, lots more!
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