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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 11, 2017 | Issue 9
CHHA NEWS
Message from Executive Director


Glenn Martin
National Executive Director

 
Happy New Year!

In the last issue dated December 28, 2016, I provided a brief overview of what had transpired last year. Now, leaving 2016 in the dust, 2017 is off to a flying start!

You have already received the winter issue of Listen magazine, the first release in over a year. This jam-packed issue offered an international focus to hearing loss issues. Watch for the next issue in the spring.

We are in the throes of developing the new website, determining the best Information Architecture to meet the needs of CHHA members and selecting colour palette and themes. We are also preparing the new board committees to deliver member-value outcomes in advocacy, membership and awards, and the organization-specific committees addressing governance, finances and liaison with the CHHA Foundation. We have renewed the office lease with the best offer in town and plan to modernize the office image.

The Conference ‘Hear by the Sea’ takes place in Victoria/Sidney B.C. in May 25-27. Early Bird registration continues to the end of February. Be sure to sign up and plan a reunion with your friends from cross the country while learning about some of the latest developments in the hearing loss community.

The most recent project, Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities, has already provided opportunities for National to partner with our valued Chapters and Branches to host kick off events and generate profile and consultations with our members and those of our 19 partner organizations. Together we have a reach of over 400,000 stakeholders in the disability community, providing a significant impact on new federal accessibility legislation that will improve accessibility for all Canadians.

CHHA National is here for you – our members, Chapters and Branches.  We welcome your feedback on what we can do for you. Be sure to contact us anytime.

Sincerely,
Glenn Martin, National Executive Director
Karla Wilson, Manager, Administration
Chantal Coleman, Events & Communications Coordinator
Alena Wickware, Project Manager, Broadcast Accessibility Fund
Christianne Scholfield, Project Manager, Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities
FREE WEBINAR: Spotlight on Youth with Invisible Disabilities! What is an accessible Canada to you?
CHHA National
Are you a young adult living with hearing loss, mental health challenges or learning disabilities?

The Government of Canada is working on a Federal legislation that aims to create a more inclusive and accessible society for all Canadians. You can have your say in legislation by helping CHHA and its 19 partner organizations identify barriers and social challenges facing those with hearing loss, mental health and learning disabilities. 

Let’s talk about the challenges youth face during times of transition from high school to post-secondary, and from post-secondary to the workforce 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 12 p.m. EST

In this live webinar, we’ll discuss and engage you in the conversation:
  • Spotlight Project 101
  • Hear from your peers and those that support you
  • Respond and react in real time to discussions
  • Contribute concrete recommendations to the Federal Governments’ proposed accessibility legislation
Even if you’re unable to join us live, register now and view the webinar any time after it airs.
** The webinar will be fully accessible with CART captioning  
REGISTER NOW
WEBINAIRE GRATUIT: Pleins feux sur la jeunesse et les déficiences invisibles! Qu’est-ce qu’un Canada accessible selon vous?
AMEC National

Êtes-vous un jeune adulte 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! 

Le Gouvernement du Canada travaille à l’élaboration d’une loi fédérale visant à améliorer l’inclusion et l’accessibilité au sein de la société canadienne. Vous pouvez contribuer à l’élaboration de cette loi en aidant l’Association des malentendants canadiens (AMEC) et 19 organisations partenaires à déterminer les obstacles et les problèmes sociaux que connaissent les personnes ayant une déficience auditive, un trouble d’apprentissage ou un trouble de santé mentale. 

Joignez-vous à la discussion sur les difficultés que doivent surmonter les jeunes durant des périodes de transition, en particulier lorsqu’ils quittent l’école secondaire ou le cégep pour entrer à l’université, ou l’université pour intégrer le monde du travail. 
 
Mercredi, 25 janvier 2017 – 12 h (midi) HNE

Le programme du webinaire en direct vous incitera à prendre part aux discussions :
  • Présentation du projet Pleins feux 101
  • 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
Même si vous ne serez pas en mesure d’assister au webinaire en direct, inscrivez-vous maintenant pour pouvoir le regarder plus tard, à un moment qui vous conviendra.
    
Le webinaire sera parfaitement accessible grâce à la transcription CART
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT
Meet Bill Braden, New President of the CHHA Yellowknife Branch
Bill Braden- CHHA Yellowknife
My late mother, Esther, was a founder of CHHA Yellowknife Branch 20 years ago, and a champion for the cause of helping
the hard of hearing. I wanted to help carry on her advocacy, and the new board has put its confidence in me as the
branch's new president. We're a small group in a big territory. But the leadership put in by other hard-working members and our generous donors has made a difference in the lives of many. We'll be looking into setting fresh priorities early in 2017.

I am 62 years of age, and not - at least not yet - dealing with hearing loss, so I have a lot to learn. I am self employed as a freelance photographer, and magazine writer, and in previous lives I have worked in journalism, corporate communications, small business, and served for eight years as a member of the NWT Legislative Assembly for a Yellowknife riding. Volunteerism has always been a strong family value, and I'm looking forward to help build on CHHA's great record here in the North and In Canada.

 
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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!

Ce modèle en ligne vous permettra d'économiser temps et effort: une seule demande à compléter pour être éligible aux bourses disponibles.  Facile! Vous recevrez un email de confirmation lors de la soumission.
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
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Dissolving of CHHA Ontario Chapter
CHHA Ontario Chapter

On December 9, 2016, members of the the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association voted to dissolve the Chapter since it has not had an active Board of Directors since 2012 and there has been no interest in forming a new Board.  
 
In attendance were 7 members and 8 proxies from members covering most regions of Ontario.  The Chapter's remaining assets  and liabilities will be transferred to the National Treasurer of CHHA as per Article 17 of its Bylaws, subsequent to the revocation tax imposed by CRA.

A copy of the Minutes of the December 9, 2016 AGM is available  for review on the CHHA national website.
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NEWSLETTERS
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Engineering Students Create Online Hearing Test and
place 3rd in Accessibility Design Contest
CHHA National

In the Autumn of 2016, second year Engineering students at the University of Ottawa were tasked with developing and testing free custom solutions for those in search of better accessibility to connect them with their work, families and community.

Five groups taking this course reached out to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) National office in September to request ideas and input regarding potential gaps where technology can help overcome barriers presented by volunteer stakeholders.

Several other student groups worked on physical accessibility design ideas, in partnership with St. Vincent Hospital and Computer Wise.

In November 2016, the University of Ottawa arranged a showcase and competition for all the student groups participating in the course and their projects were evaluated based on feasibility, ease of access and overall design. Some of these projects included winter crutches, foot operated remote control, an automated wheel chair, a visual/tactile experience to be paired with music, rechargeable hearing aid batteries, an online hearing test, and others.

One of the student groups that worked with CHHA developed an online hearing test, and placed 3rd in the competition.

 
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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!
This online format will save you time and effort: only one application needs to be filled out to apply for any of the scholarships, there are no worries about your mail getting lost or being received late, and you will receive a confirmation email upon submission.
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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Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project - Online Survey
CHHA National

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and its 19 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.

CHHA and its partners will be conducting consultation sessions, a series of live webinars and providing an online survey to their members to capture over 400,000 responses that will contribute to a report to be submitted to the Government of Canada in early 2017. The project’s goal is to identify and examine ways legislation can present opportunities to provide the support Canadians with invisible disabilities need to thrive in times of transition, in particular, for:
     (1) youth as they transition from high school to university and university to the workplace;
     (2) veterans as they transition from service to civilian life; and
     (3) seniors as they transition out of the workforce and into retirement and healthy aging.
You can get information about this survey by going to our website at http://www.chha.ca/chha/spotlight.php

Survey Deadline: January 15, 2017!
COMPLETE SURVEY
CHHA EVENTS

You're Invited to share your experiences living with Hearing Loss
CHHA-NL

You Are Invited to participate in a round table discussion with a team of researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland to discuss what life is like living with hearing loss and provide input to the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities project.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fairfield Inn & Suites, St. John's

This is event is hearing accessible.
FM Listening Systems and Real Time Captioning will be provided. 

Sign-Up to Attend

To sign-up to attend, please e-mail Alison Butler (abutler@chha-nl.ca) or contact our office by phone to sign-up: (709) 753-3224. 

Questions about this Event?

Please contact Dr. April Manuel
Memorial University of Newfoundland
E-mail: admanuel@mun.ca  or Phone: (709) 777-8921

Guest Speaker Arielle Noseworthy-Registered Massage Therapist
CHHA-NL

Join the Meniere’s and Tinnitus Resource Group for an informative session with Guest Speaker Arielle Noseworthy, RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
Thursday, January 19th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Office
1081 Topsail Road, Mount Pearl
Teleconference is available, on request, throughout Newfoundland and Labrador
Real Time Captioning available on request

RSVP by Monday, January 16th to Brittany Hiscock
E-mail: bhiscock@chha-nl.ca or
Phone 1-888-753-3224
Register for 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea" by February 1, 2017 and enter to win a Sennheiser Headset!
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 a Trade Fair, Keynote Speaker-Dr. Marshall Chasin, Plenary Speakers-Dr. Douglas Beck and Kathy Pichora-Fuller, 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! **
ONLINE REGISTRATION
CONFERENCE WEBPAGE
CHHA Event Submissions
Submit your CHHA Events to chhanational@chha.ca
We want to hear from you!
 
INDUSTRY NEWS
How To Make A Hearing Loss New Year’s Resolution
Living with Hearing Loss
It’s the time of year for resolutions. I will be more patient. I will start a workout regiment. I will eat healthier food. You know the drill. Most of the time, the motivation for these changes lasts a few weeks and fizzles away.

But this year, let’s try something different. Let’s make some hearing loss resolutions and stick with them throughout the year. Together, we can keep each other focused and make our plans a reality. Are you on board?

The New Year is always a good excuse to take stock and refocus on your goals and priorities. For many years I made the same resolution over and over again. It didn’t get me anywhere. But then I started thinking about resolutions more tactically and began scheduling them on my calendar.

For example: This year I will get healthier — OK, add a weekly yoga class to my calendar. Or: This year I will attend the theater more often — OK, buy two tickets to a new show. Add a reminder to my calendar to do the same thing in a month or two.

What can we add to our calendar for hearing loss? Here are some options. Which ones will you choose?

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Simple listening tactic could benefit cochlear implant users in noisy social settings
News Medical

Listeners in a noisy situation benefit from facing slightly away from the person they are listening to, turning one ear towards the speech, concludes a study by Cardiff University, funded by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss (RNID).

This listening tactic was found to be especially beneficial for cochlear implant users who typically struggle in noisy social settings such as restaurants. It was also found to be compatible with lip reading which was unaffected by a modest, 30-degree head orientation, illustrating that the benefits of lip-reading and turning an ear towards a talker can be combined.

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App turns music into vibrations and visualizations for the deaf, hard of hearing
The American Genius

Technology and its infinite ways has helped to make life easier in the 21st century. It seems that everyday you hear of a new technology, and while most of it is “cool,” some of it has actual benefits for society.

One such technology is the app BW Dance, which creates visualizations and vibrations for the deaf or hard of hearing (HOH) to help them feel the music. According to the iTunes store description, the app turns music into visual equalizer, vibration signals, and flashing lights.

Users can simply add tracks to their playlist then select a play mode of either flash, vibration, or a combination of the two.
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INDUSTRY EVENTS
Industry Event Submissions
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P.E.I. researcher looks at links between genetics and youth hearing loss
CBC P.E.I

A researcher from P.E.I. is part of a team looking at youth hearing loss, and how it's connected to a gene mutation.

Montague, P.E.I., native Justin Pater, who studied biology at UPEI and is one year away from completing his PhD at Memorial University in St. John's, said the mutation is rare but present globally, and more common in Newfoundland.

The researchers found children with the mutation can hear normally at birth — and during their first hearing tests — but lose their ability to pick up high-end sounds like a bird chirping when they turn three or four, leading to problems with speech development.

"Although this mutation has been identified in The Netherlands, Iceland and Denmark, this is the first time it has been shown to cause early onset hearing loss," said Patter in a news release from the university.

The team sequenced the genome, to find out what was unique to people with the mutation. 

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Fibromyalgie : attention à la perte d'audition !
Sante Magazine

La fibromyalgie est une pathologie chronique, non grave, mais qui perturbe la vie quotidienne en raison des nombreux symptômes : troubles musculo-squelettiques, fatigue chronique, problèmes de mémoire et/ou de concentration, problèmes digestifs, déprime...

Une étude norvégienne, réalisée sur plus de 40 000 personnes atteintes de fibromyalgie ou de troubles musculo-squelettiques, montre un lien entre ces troubles et la perte d'audition.
Ainsi, globalement les personnes souffrant de fibromyalgie ou de troubles musculo-squelettiques ont 4,5 % de risques supplémentaires de souffrir de déficience auditive par rapport aux personnes exemptes de ces symptômes.
Plus en détails, lorsque la douleur est généralisée, le risque de souffrir d'une déficience auditive s'accroît d'un peu plus de 3 %. Lorsque les douleurs musculo-squelettiques sont locales, le risque s'abaisse : il n'est plus que de 1,8 %.
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A Tinnitus Success Story
Hearing Health Matters

As a recent inductee into the world of tinnitus, I am pleased to welcome guest writer Glenn Schweitzer whose new book on tinnitus will be of interest to anyone dealing with those unwelcome – and unceasing – bells, whistles, roars and whooshing playing in their head.  
For as long as I can remember, silence had a sound.
When I was a kid, I thought everyone could hear the soft, high-pitched tone that I could hear when it was quiet. It wasn’t a bad sound; it was just normal.

Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with an incurable inner ear disorder called Ménière’s disease, and suddenly the quiet tone that never bothered me became the sound of sirens blasting in my ears.
When you live with tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears, the sound never stops and can turn your life into a living nightmare.
Today, I’m happy to report that my tinnitus doesn’t bother me at all. Several years back, I stumbled onto a simple exercise that radically altered the way I react to the sound.

And it changed everything.
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