Cochlear Implant Refresher Evening

The Central Speech and Hearing Clinic is holding a special evening for its adult cochlear implant clients on October 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Clinic audiologists will be on hand to review information you may have forgotten, and to answer questions.  Please RSVP by October 23 to or phone 204-275-7436

CHHA General Meeting & Presentation

Alarm clocks? Door Bells? Smoke Alarms? Phones?  These are devices found in our everyday life. But what happens when you can’t hear the bell or buzz or beep?  You are invited to a presentation on Thursday October 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Deaf Centre Manitoba (DCM) to see and try the many assistive devices to help fill that gap.

Guest Speaker: Sheila Montney, Executive Director,
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc. (DCM)

Door Prize and Refreshments!

Meniere’s Support Group Meeting

A self-help group for people with Ménière’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.  For more info email or call 204-975-3037 and leave a message.

Details:  Sept 28 from 11:00 until noon, Access River East 975 Henderson Hwy.

CHHA National Responds to Memorial University

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association responded to the issue involving a Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador professor who has refused to wear a device that would allow a hearing impaired student to hear her lecture:   CHHA response to Memorial University

Coping With Hearing Loss – Free Presentation

Learn more about living with hearing loss and upcoming speech-reading (lip-reading) classes at this free presentation at Winnipeg’s Good Neighbours Active Living Centre.

Yoga for Hard of Hearing

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide includes a new program – Yoga for Hard of Hearing – a wonderful opportunity for those who have difficulty hearing but want to learn yoga.  The class runs Wednesdays from September 16 to November 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave.  The fee is $70.00.  For more information check out page 50 of the Leisure Guide or call the City of Winnipeg 311 information line.

Info About Hearing Aid Batteries

Did you ever wonder about those little sticky tabs on your hearing aid batteries?  They aren’t there just to identify the battery size.  The most common hearing aid batteries are called “zinc air” batteries because they are air-activated.  A manufacturer’s sticker ensures they remain inactive until the sticker is removed. Once peeled off the back of the battery, oxygen in the air interacts with the zinc in the battery to “turn it on.” The battery can not be deactivated by replacing the seal, so once it is removed the battery will remain in an active state until the power is drained.  Zinc-air cells contain no toxic compounds and are neither highly reactive nor flammable.  For more detailed information, check out these three web sites:

An article published May 5, 2015 in KIMT.Com reports a great money-saving discovery by an 8th grade student who has found a way to extend the life of hearing aid batteries.  Read the story here:

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.

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, 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 »