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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.

                                                                                                  November 16 | Issue # 5
Message from your Executive Director
About the CHHA Foundation:

Did You Know…………
  • That CHHA is the national voice for the articulation of concerns of Canadians who are hard of hearing.
  • That the CHHA Foundation was established by CHHA with specific strategic objectives.
  • That it is the aim of the CHHA and CHHAF Boards to ensure that both the strategic long-term financial objectives and the day-to-day operational funding needs of CHHA are met.
  • That both Boards have decided to work collaboratively to develop a fund development and fundraising approach that will ultimately benefit their joint aims.

    That these aims are:
  • to ensure the viability, sustainability and independence of CHHA through the reduction of its reliance of federal public sector funding,
  • to attract donors who wish to establish legacies,
  • to create a  permanent endowment base for a steady revenue flow to CHHA,
  • to manage long-term investment, and
  • to develop a growing and steady donor base through fund development and fundraising initiatives.
                                                - Glenn Martin, National Executive Director
Take the Hearing Loss Challenge!
Take The Hearing Loss Challenge
Challenge Your Friends, Family & Co-Workers.

On Friday, December 2, 2016 take the HEARING LOSS CHALLENGE to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).

What is the Hearing Loss Challenge?
The Hearing Loss Challenge idea is simple:
For 1 hour on Friday, December 2 (or longer, if you choose), find out what daily life can be like for those with hearing loss by lowering the volume and clarity of the sounds you hear.

Wear earplugs for 1 hour (or more) as you go about your regular daily routine - at home, at work and with friends. Watch TV, listen to the radio, talk on the phone, have your coffee break, interact with your children, grandchildren, siblings, spouse or partner. Go to a store, the drive-thru, attend a meeting.

CHHA National welcomes new staff... Christianne Scholfield!
CHHA National
Christianne Scholfield
Christianne has joined the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) as the Project Manager for– Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.  This new initiative will engage, consult and collaborate with CHHA’s members and stakeholders to identify emerging issues and challenges facing Canadians with disabilities.  The projects goal is to underline considerations and report back to the Government of Canada for future federal accessibility legislation.
For over 15 years, Christianne has held senior roles in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on youth and education. Her positions have allowed her to travel extensively within Canada and abroad to partner with industry and academic professionals to benchmark best practices in educational engagement.  Her strengths include developing and implementing strategic communications and event management plans.
As a Director at Skills Canada, she most recently spearheaded a national three-year project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on engaging members and stakeholders on the importance of the essential skills needed to succeed in work, learning and life.  
Christianne is a graduate of Carleton University in Law and Sociology.  In addition, she is receiving an Essential Skills Practitioner Certificate that enables her to effectively assess and enhance skills set within industry and education.
Christianne believes that the acquisition of educational resources provides everyone an opportunity to lead a productive and rewarding life whether that be at home, in the classroom or in the workplace. 
Christianne lives in Ottawa with her husband and two young daughters.

CHHA National welcomes new staff... Michel David!
CHHA National
Michel David
Native of Ottawa, Michel David is back at CHHA National on a short-term contract.  He became profoundly deaf at the age of 20. In 2002 Michel received an Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant. Over the years he has worked for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Line 1000 Employment Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Ontario) and the Canadian Hearing Society. Michel retired from the Canadian Hearing Society in 2015 to enjoy life with his 5 children, 4 grandchildren and a dozen squirrels sharing his vegetable garden.

Call for Workshop Proposals : 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

The 2017 CHHA National Conference "Hear by the Sea" will be held May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre (located at 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney, BC, V8L 1W9) in Sidney, British Columbia.

The conference will be held over the span of three days with programming including an Exhibitor Trade Fair, Keynote Speaker, Plenary Speaker, Workshops, AGM, Town Hall and a special social evening for delegates. CART and Looping will be provided by CHHA National for all presentations.

This is a call for proposals to present at the 2017 CHHA National Conference. Proposals may involve innovative research, emerging technology, ideas, projects or topics of direct interest to persons who live with hearing loss, whose primary means of communication is a spoken language (i.e. English).

Topics should be relevant to the CHHA National Conference or hearing loss issues in general.

Click here to find information you will need to submit your proposal. The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2016.

For more information regarding the 2017 CHHA Conference, please visit:

If you have any questions about the Call for Proposals, Deadlines or Documents required for submission, please do not hesitate to contact Chantal Coleman, Events and Communications Coordinator at .


Spotlight On...

CHHA Scholarship Recipient... Angus Robertson!
CHHA National

Angus Robertson
The CHHA/CHHAF Scholarship ($1000) was established to offer financial assistance and recognition to hard of hearing and deafened students registered in a full time program at a recognized college or university, in any area of study, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma or degree.  The winner for 2016 is Angus Robertson of West Vancouver BC, who is studying at the Imperial College in London, UK.  He has been invited on a conditional basis to study physics in the Masters of Science program consisting of 4 years of scientific research.
If you have any suggestions for a Spotlight story about CHHA Volunteers, Donors or members please submit story to CHHA National ( for consideration.
Thank you in advance!


Advocacy Submissions
If you have any Advocacy news that you think would be of interest to I Listen readers, please email with the details!
Apple Creates Special Hearing Aids For iPhone And iPad
iTech Post

Apple made hearing aids for iPhones and iPads. These advances could lead to a great increase in the quality of life and ease of use for hearing-impaired Apple device owners.

Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids designed specifically for iPhone and iPad. These advanced hearing aids provide outstanding sound quality, offer many helpful features, and are as easy to set up and use as any other Bluetooth device.

You can quickly access the features and settings of your paired hearing aid by triple-clicking the Home button. Glance at the battery status or change the left and right volume, together or separately. And quickly apply your audiologist's environmental presets as you go outdoors or enter noisy locations, like restaurants, without having to rely on additional remotes, stated Apple. You can now connect what you love through your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and enjoy high-quality sound through hearing aids that work like wireless stereo headphones. Apple's push into making its devices more accessible to the hearing impaired began with 2013's launch of iOS 7, which also introduced the Made for iPhone hearing aid program.

How to Talk to a Hard of Hearing Person (2016)
Hearing Health Matters

Conversing with a hard of hearing person is much easier if you, the ‘hearing’ person, are aware of the hearing loss.
If you don’t know that the person you’re talking to has a hearing problem, you’re forgiven somewhat for looking off into space as you prattle on, or mumbling, or putting your hands in front of your mouth. It’s understandable that you might speak softly, indistinctly, or use unconnected phrases with no verbs. And how could you possibly know that your facial expressions and body language should match your actual words?

Savings for/by Persons with Disabilities
Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), a department of the Government of Canada, has hired R.A. Malatest & Associates, a Canadian research company, to conduct a survey to discuss how persons with disabilities save for the future. The survey is voluntary and your identity will not be shared.

A nation-wide survey is being conducted from October 24 to November 30, 2016 to discuss savings for persons with disabilities.

Call Malatest at 1-855-412-1942 to have your voice heard. For TTY services, dial 711 first. You can complete the survey online or by phone.

Your responses will help enhance long-term savings for persons with disabilities.

For more information, contact:
Kate Black from Malatest at
or call 1-800-665-5848 ext 309, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Monday - Friday.
When Father and Son Both Say “Pardon?”
Hearing Health Matters

Jerry Russell is an online friend in the community of people with hearing loss who share their common challenges, frustrations, and words of encouragement.  Jerry tells his story of when hearing loss is a family affair.

I’m rehearsing in my head what I’m about to say to my dad as I approach him. He’s sitting in his favorite chair watching television with his wireless headphones on so he can hear the TV better without blasting away the room.

I know what I need to do. I need to get his attention, wait for him to take off the headphones, look him directly in the eye and then speak clearly. The speaking clearly part, I guess, is why I’ve adopted the habit of rehearsing in my head. But I know that 9 times out of 10 I’m going to hear “Hah?” and I’ll have to repeat myself–which of course I gladly do.

My father has hearing loss, as much as 80% in one ear and he wears hearing aids in both ears. He’s 89 and I live part time with him (shared with other siblings) and yes this can be a challenge. My mother-in-law also wears hearing aids. (Well, she should wear her hearing aids but sometimes her ears itch so darn much that she doesn’t.) I have similar experiences communicating with her.

But I know I need to face them when speaking. I know I need to speak clearly but not shout. I know I can’t compete with the TV because the TV always wins. I know I can’t talk to them from the other room or when the water is running. I know how difficult it can be at family gatherings when everyone is talking at once. I know how noisy a restaurant can be.

WIDHH Accessibility Audit (for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind) at Vancouver International Airport
WIDHH- Western Institute for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been contracted to do an accessibility audit at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind consumers who use YVR as a mode of transportation.   
A focus group is being held on Friday, November 18th at 9-11am with Hard of Hearing consumers. As part of the audit, you will be taking a walkthrough of the customer service counters with specific attention to signage, alerting systems, check-in counters equipped with amplified headsets and information access technology for Hard of Hearing consumers.  
Participants must identify as Hard of Hearing.
  • Participants must have travelled using YVR as a departure airport in the last 2 years. 
  • Participate in a 2 hour focus group including debriefing session following the walkthrough at YVR.
  • Be able to attend the following Focus Group from 9 - 11am on November 18th, 2016:
If you are interested, please contact Marco Chiaramonte at
We encourage you to participate.

Industry Event Submissions
If you come across an industry event that would be of interest to members of CHHA, please submit link, photos and information to . Thank you in advance for your submissions!
CHHA’s Online Scholarship Application deadline is March 3, 2017!
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: 

For more information about the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association or its scholarship program, please contact or visit the CHHA National Website at

Date limite de demande de bourse d’études en ligne de l'AMEC: 3 mars, 2017!
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: 
Pour plus d'information, veuillez contacter

University of Ottawa Engineering Students Designing Accessibility Solutions
CHHA National

Second year Engineering Students at the University of Ottawa taking the GNG 2101 course have been tasked with developing and testing free custom solutions for those who want 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 this past September to request ideas and input regarding potential gaps where technology can help overcome any barriers currently present. Several volunteers initially stepped up to offer their suggestions as to what ideas would be helpful for them, including ways to create a visual/tactile experience to be paired with music, rechargeable hearing aid batteries, and online hearing tests.

As part of their needs assessment, each group of students met with a person living with hearing loss to gain appreciation for what it’s like for them and how this technology could help. However, as their products are being developed and piloted, they will be looking for additional feedback from a broader base of participants. The GNG 2101 course runs from September to December 2016, and testing of the initial designs will likely take place in November 2016.
CHHA welcomes any member who would like to become involved to contact Alena Wickware at for more information, and updates will be posted in future editions of CHHA’s e-newsletter I Listen.



CHHA Sudbury Resonance- November 2016
CHHA Sudbury

Read the latest issue of CHHA Sudbury newsletter “Resonance” to see what they have been up to!
CHHA Hamilton December Newsletter
CHHA Hamilton

Read the latest issue of CHHA Hamilton Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
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

The Importance of Self Advocacy
CHHA York Branch

The Importance of Self Advocacy
(Why you should ask for what you need)
Speaker:  Ms. Patricia Teixeira, MA, RP
CONNECT Mental Health Counsellor of the Canadian Hearing Society – York/Simcoe Regions
Our Topic Highlights: 
Hearing loss/deafness is often an invisible disability
*How do we make our needs known to others?
School, Home, Work, Social Situations
 *What to do if someone refuses your reasonable request
*What does the law say?
Saturday, November 19th, 1- 2:30 PM
Region of York Administration Building, Room B
17250 Yonge Street

(West side of Yonge, north of Mulock)
Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1

Free parking available (VIVA Bus stop – Eagle/Yonge #9818)
Please RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough chairs and refreshments.
(Thanks to those who have already sent their RSVP’s)

Notetaker will be provided.
Admission: $5.00
To RSVP please email:

The Hidden Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss
CHHA Hamilton

Join CHHA Hamilton for “The Hidden Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss”
Speaker: Audiologist, Jillian Price

Thursday, December 1st, 7 – 9 pm
South Gate Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton L9A 3A5

Members:  no charge, Guests:  $5.

To Register:
“Hear by the Sea”, 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National
Conference Venue:
Mary Winspear Centre
Sidney, BC
The scenic town of Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island in 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 Speaker-Dr. Douglas Beck, 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 December 31, 2016 and be entered to win a Sennheiser Headset! **

Conference Information Newsletter
Social Evening Survey
Call for Event Submissions
If you would like to see your Branch or Chapters Meetings/Events listed here, please email with the event details!
Hearing Loss? Problems May Spring From Brain's Inability To Filter Out Noise, Not Just From Ears
Medical Daily

Our ears may not be the only reason we have more trouble understanding what people say as we age, suggests recent research published in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Certain parts of our brain are to blame too.

Researchers recruited two groups of native English speakers, young and old, to undergo a series of tests. The volunteers listened to someone talking to them while dealing with someone else in the background speaking either English or Dutch. No matter what the level of background noise and despite having clinically normal hearing, the older volunteers were less able to comprehend speech than their younger counterparts, particularly when both speakers spoke English. Additional tests found that older participants on average had greater neurological deficits in their midbrain and cortex.

Le virus Zika provoquerait une perte auditive
Sante Magazine

Une nouvelle complication liée au virus Zika s’ajoute à la liste déjà longue. Les enfants dont la mère a été infectée pendant la grossesse risquent de souffrir de dommages au niveau du système auditif.
Les scientifiques essayent de comprendre l’ampleur des dégâts provoqués par le virus Zika. Au fur et à mesure que la recherche avance, les risques pour la santé augmentent. Un nouveau rapport signé par des chercheurs brésiliens révèle que le virus serait responsable d’une perte auditive chez les bébés nés d’une mère qui a été infectée. L’étude a pris en compte les données de 70 bébés. Après avoir testé leur audition, les chercheurs ont observé une surdité ou une perte d’audition chez quatre d’entre eux, soit 6%. En cause, des dommages au niveau de l’oreille interne ou du nerf qui connecte l’oreille au cerveau.
Au vu de cette étude, publiée par les Centres américains de prévention des maladies (CDC), l’équipe estime que le virus Zika devrait être considéré officiellement comme l’un des facteurs de risque de problèmes auditifs chez les enfants ayant été exposés pendant la grossesse. Même les bébés qui présentent une audition normale à la naissance devraient être surveillés et examinés régulièrement, ajoutent-ils, car la perte auditive est parfois retardée ou progressive.


Épargne pour/par les personnes handicapées
Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC)

Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC), un ministère du gouvernement du Canada, a retenu les services de R.A. Malatest & Associates, une société canadienne de recherche, pour mener une enquête afin d’étudier les façons dont les personnes handicapées épargnent pour l'avenir. La participation à l'enquête est volontaire et votre identité ne sera pas dévoilée.

Une enquête à l'échelle nationale est menée du 24 octobre au 30 novembre 2016 pour discuter de l’épargne pour les personnes handicapées.
Appelez Malatest au 1-855-412-1942 pour faire entendre votre voix. Pour ATS, composez le 711 premier. Vous pouvez répondre aux questions en ligne ou par téléphone.
Vos réponses aideront les personnes handicapées à améliorer l'épargne à long terme.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communi-quez avec :
Carmelle Goldberg de Malatest, à
ou composez le 1-888-689-1847, poste 103, de 8 h 30 à 17 h (HAE), du lundi au vendredi.
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