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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.
                                                                   February 8, 2017 | Issue Number 11
Message from Executive Director

CHHA’s 35th Anniversary will be celebrated at the "Hear by the Sea" conference in May, 2017.  To build intrigue until then, we are doing something a little different in the I Listen newsletter from now until the conference.
CHHA is about advocating for hard of hearing issues. Part of that advocacy falls to the individual with self advocacy. Standing up for your rights to hear and be heard.
To celebrate these important 35 years, we are including 35 tips for communication and hearing in this and future issues of I Listen from now through to the conference.  Watch for them! You may learn something new.

Speaking about the conference. Be sure to register. Early bird deadline is February 28. Sidney, BC is a beautiful location to re-unite with friends and learn from the impressive line up of speakers.
Don’t forget to start planning for World Hearing Day on March 3.
( . This year’s theme 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. We challenged our chapters and branches in the last issue of I Listen to be creative in celebrating World Hearing Day. Tell us what you are planning to do and we will publicize it in March 8th issue.

- Glenn Martin, National Executive Director
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 Dr. Kathy Pichora-Fuller & Dr. Paul Mick (News for CHHA members about the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging), Exciting Workshops by Jo-Ann Bentley (Be Prepared and Sleep Easier with Fire Safety Technology: Learn about the latest technology available for fire safety in your home), Dean Olson & Michael Currie (Succeeding in the workplace), Tim Archer & Mike Shaw (Recent Developments in Assistive Listening), Anne Griffin & Myrtle Barrett (CHHA and Audiologists: Can we increase effectiveness by working together?), Karen MacLennan & Richard McKinley (Hearing Access: A review of hearing loops, FM/IR systems technology), Jo(anne) DeLuzio & Elissa Robb (Beyond the sound booth: exploring frontiers in audiology), 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. You may also park your RV at the Mary Winspear Centre (pre-registration required).

Register now and take advantage of the early bird rates!
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.
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:

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

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! 

Voici le programme du webinaire en direct :
• Présentation du projet Pleins feux
• Commentaires des divers intervenants
• Réponses et réactions en temps réel aux sujets discutés
• La façon de soumettre vos recommandations au gouvernement fédéral

Mercredi, le 22 février, 2017 – 12 h (midi) HNE
Le webinaire sera parfaitement accessible grâce à la transcription CART
English Speechreading Instructor Training Course offered August 2017
CHHA National
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those who live with hearing loss in your community? Do you have prior teaching experience, or experience working with those who have a hearing loss?
Take advantage of this FREE course - travel subsidies are available to those who qualify!
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is pleased to offer an English Level 1 speechreading instructor training course in Ottawa, Ontario from August 9th to 13th 2017, as a benefit to CHHA’s Chapters, Branches and membership. Please confirm your interest in the training workshops and forward a completed screening form to Seating is limited in this course so please reply at your soonest availability, the deadline to submit your screening form is June 14th 2017. All confirmed participants will be notified of their registration no later than June 23rd 2017.
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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
Deadline is February 20, 2017
CHHA Sudbury Dream Home Winner!
Kim Scott, executive director of the Sudbury branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, and Scott Edwards from KicX 91.7, hold the winning ticket in the Ultimate Dream Home Draw. It belongs to Karen Beaulieu of Sudbury. Photo by Arron Pickard.
The Sudbury branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association held its annual Ultimate Dream Home Draw this afternoon at the home. Hopeful winners packed the main floor of the home, looking on eagerly as the drum, filled with more than 71,000 tickets, was turned. Scott Edwards from KicX 91.7 pulled the first ticket. It belonged to Karen Beaulieu of Sudbury.
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
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
Spotlight Project Consultation Event
CHHA Calgary

Monday, February 13, 2017
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Light snacks will be served

Deaf and Hear Alberta
63 Cornell Rd.
Calgary, AB T2L 0L4
Spotlight Project Consultation Event
CHHA Vancouver

Monday, February 20, 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
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
Manitoba – Spotlight In-Person Consultations
CHHA Manitoba

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Lions Hearing Foundation
320 Sherbrooke Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Two sessions - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided

This event is hosted by the CHHA Manitoba Chapter
Join us for Soundings: A Town Hall Meeting

“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.
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 ( or by mailing a cheque to:

Time: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: The South Gate Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton

Seating is limited, reserve your spot soon!
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 
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35 Communication Tips to celebrate CHHA's 35th Anniversary!
Try not to apologize for your hearing loss, or for missing what was said. There are other ways to be polite and clarify without apologizing: try rephrasing what you did hear, or asking them to repeat the phrase with thanks.
Audiologist warns that a balloon pop can be louder than a gun
Bill Hodgetts' study on the effects of balloon popping on hearing appears in the journal "Canadian Audiologist". (Courtesy of Bill Hodgetts)
University of Alberta audiologists aren't trying to ruin your parties. They are trying to make parties safer for your ears.

The sound made by popping balloons, they found, can be louder than a shotgun. And, as you can imagine, that can cause problems.

Bill Hodgetts is one of the study's co-authors. He spoke with As it Happens guest host Helen Mann from Edmonton. Here is part of their conversation. 

"Any loud impulse noise that we might think is really transient is something that can actually do some pretty serious damage to our ears." -Bill Hodgetts, associate professor at the University of Alberta and co-author of a study examining the effect of balloon popping on long-term hearing.
Can an ear implant help restore hearing in thousands of people? New cochlear-implant releases drug to prevent complications after surgery
Daily Mail

A hearing device that also releases a drug into the ear could help restore hearing in thousands of people.
Standard hearing aids work by amplifying sounds and sending them into the inner ear, to the cochlea.
This is a tiny, shell-like structure that relays sound waves to the auditory (hearing) nerve.
The cochlea contains sensory cells, called hair cells — typically, hearing loss is linked to damage to these cells, as a result of ageing, for instance, or injury from noise.
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences book launch

Monday, February 27h, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Ryerson University
Peter Bronfman Room, 7th Floor, Heaslip House
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON

As this is a catered event with limited space, registration is required.
Non-registered attendees will not be guaranteed a spot. Register online
We are committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact Kristine Browne at, or 416-979-5000, ext.
7494 in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements or dietary restrictions.

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March 3: World Hearing Day
World Health Organization

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.
Tearing Down the Fence of Family Hearing Loss
Hearing Health Matters

Does a relative’s hearing loss cause challenges in your family?  If so, you’re a member of a very large club.
No matter how much love there is, when hearing loss interferes with the easy flow of communication, it’s easy to get irritated, annoyed and tired, over and over and over.  And it’s a shock when hearing aids don’t completely remove the problems, because that’s the nature of hearing loss.

But no matter how corny this sounds, from experience I can tell you that with time, effort, strategies and love, family communication can improve.
Charlottetown couple starting hearing aid recycling program
The Guardian

A Charlottetown couple is calling for hearing aid donations – and many people appear to listening

Rose Barbour is thrilled with the strong, early response to a recycling program called Hear, Hear P.E.I. – an initiative to help get hearing aids into the ears of Islanders who need them. She says to ensure the program is successful she and her husband, Mike, need to collect as many hearing aids as possible.

Seven hearing aids have already been dropped off, and more than 20 others have been committed. “I have people coming from all around to drop off hearing aids,’’ she says. “It’s really wonderful. It’s heartwarming.’’

The Barbours believe many Islanders in need of hearing aids go without because of the prohibitive cost. A single pair can cost several thousand dollars.
Seven Tips for Coping With Hearing Loss on the Job
Tri County Sentry
It’s a problem the workplace has tried to ignore: hearing loss among the millions of boomers still on the job.

According to the Pew Research Center, about 45 million boomers — ages 51 to 70 — were in the labor force as of the first quarter of 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that, by 2022, nearly a third of those ages 65 to 74 will be in the workforce.

But 1 in 6 boomers are affected by hearing loss, meaning an estimated 7 million boomers may struggle with hearing loss on the job.

How is the workplace going to cope with this? So far, by ignoring it. Very few workplaces offer accommodations for those with hearing loss.
Consider your ears when you consider your health
Guelph Today

The National Campaign for Better Hearing has a simple message: if you think you may be suffering from hearing loss, have your ears tested. And anyone over age 60 should have a hearing test as a matter of course because statistically speaking, hearing loss comes with age.

“There are a lot of studies that link hearing loss to social anxiety, depression and cognitive decline,” said Christine Arget, a hearing instrument specialist in Guelph. “It’s really important to keep up your hearing health.”
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