Hearing loss impacts both physical and mental health

According to the author, “A study at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that older adults with hearing loss experienced higher rates of hospitalizations for other serious illnesses than those without. According to a study that surveyed adults with Medicare Supplement plans, hearing loss has a greater impact on quality of life than diabetes, heart disease, coronary artery disease or hypertension.”

Read this excellent article by Charlotte Yeh, AARP Services’ chief medical officer published in the Washington Post, and republished in the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2015.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/sorrow-in-the-silence-317509361.html

Speech-reading (lip-reading) classes coming soon!

CHHA Manitoba Chapter plans to hold Level One speech-reading sessions this fall with classes at Access Transcona, Good Neighbours Seniors’ Centre and St. James Senior Centre. Details will be confirmed later, but we’d love to hear from you now if you are interested in participating so that we can get an idea of class size.  An open-house is planned for Good Neighbours on August 31st, and we’d like to confirm enrollments by September 8th.  For more information about our program please contact Super Instructor Gladys Nielsen by email at mbchha@mymts.net, or phone 204-975-3037 to leave a message for call-back.

My First CHHA Conference

With the kind support of the CHHA Manitoba Chapter, I was absolutely thrilled when the opportunity arose to attend the National Conference of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 21-23, 2015. I was joined by Joanne Craig and Gladys Nielsen. Gladys is a veteran of many CHHA conferences and she introduced me to everyone and made sure that I got the most of this opportunity. The chance to attend a variety of presentations was rewarding and a valuable learning experience. Read more »

National Conference Experience

Wow – what an experience! I attended the CHHA National Conference in Halifax this May. It was a stellar event, and I’m most grateful to CHHA Manitoba Chapter for its generous contribution to my travel expenses. I met many of the people I’d only ever read about in newsletters, including the National office staff. And I also connected face-to-face with several people I’ve been in touch with by email. One special contact was Brian Marshall who is chair of the Meniere’s/Tinnitus Resource Group for Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more »

Randy Rutherford at the Fringe!

Enjoy a delightfully funny Fringe Festival show featuring Randy Rutherford.  Despite profound hearing loss, Randy thrills and inspires audiences with his musical memoirs, masterfully crafted from his long and interesting life.   The July 22nd 3:30 p.m. show at the Prairie Theatre Mainstage is sponsored by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter and captioned by Word for Word.

Read more about Randy here:  http://www.randyrutherford.net/

Complete list of show times
Wed. July 15 7:00 pm
Thu. July 16 3:30 pm
Fri. July 17 3:30 pm
Sat. July 18 7:45 pm
Sun. July 19 6:00 pm
Wed. July 22 3:30 pm (captioned)
Thu. July 23 6:00 pm
Fri. July 24 8:00 pm
Sat. July 25 3:30 pm
Sun. July 26 6:30 pm

Meniere’s Support Group

A self-help group for people with Meniere’s Disease and other inner-ear balance disorders. Meet others with the same problems you face, share ideas and coping strategies, reduce isolation resulting from this invisible disability.

We have a special presentation planned for this meeting.  Two physiotherapists will discuss safe exercises for people with balance disorders.  Note Taking service will be provided for our hard-of-hearing members. For more information email menieres-group@mts.net or phone 204-975-3037

Annual General Meeting

For our annual meeting this spring we’ve decided to discuss what the future of CHHA Manitoba Chapter means to you, our members, and what direction you would like us to move as we head into the future.  Your input is of the utmost importance as this is your association and only you can make the choices that you want the Board to implement to ensure that we are here for all hard of hearing Manitobans, now and in the future.

There will be a door prize and a gift basket.  Come and bring a friend to help our chapter decide our strategy!  Sound system and Note Taking service provided.  There’ll be refreshments and an opportunity to visit with friends following the meeting.  Parking is available in the south lot off McDermot Avenue (across the lane from SMD).  Be sure to sign in at the security desk.

Hearing test iPad app

A Canadian-developed hearing test iPad application developed for use in third-world countries has applications at home.  Read the CBC on-line story about this diagnostic tool here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canadian-hearing-test-app-for-third-world-finding-new-uses-here-1.3046345

Staying Safe: For the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Age & Opportunity (A & O) Support Services for Older Adults would like to invite you to attend the 2015 National Victims of Crime Awareness Week event entitled “Staying Safe: For the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.”   (Registration deadline –  April 7, 2015) Read more »

Tinnitus Support Group

Ringing, buzzing, humming and other weird noises in your ears?  Attend a special Tinnitus Support Group meeting at SMD with guest speaker Marcia Suderman.  For more information, please call CHHA Manitoba Chapter care of SMD Clearinghouse at 204-957-3037.  Free evening parking is available, but you must sign in at the security desk to avoid being towed.