National Speech Reading Program

Instructor training is currently planned for six Canadian cities, including Winnipeg.  Please see the following press release for details.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Press Release:

Ottawa – March 10, 2014 – The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is embarking on a national program designed to help Canadians with hearing loss to improve their communication skills. This project is funded by the Government of Canada, and CHHA has received project funding for the ‘National Speechreading Program’, a three-year initiative that will train instructors to deliver communication strategy programs in communities across the country.

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Coping With Hearing Loss Info Session

Learn about hearing loss, coping strategies, and tips for everyday living at an info session at the Reh-Fit Centre.  Register online at www.reh-fit.com or call 204-488-8023

Living With Hearing Loss

CHHA Manitoba Chapter is offering a special 10-week Living With Hearing Loss class at the Central Speech and Hearing Clinic to help people with cochlear implants or who are on the CI waiting list, as well as those who are late-deafened to improve their speech-reading skills.  Classes start September 26 1:30 to 3:30.  The cost is $40 for CHHA members and $50 for non-members.  To register call 204-975-3037 or email mbchha@mymts.net.

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. Meeting supported by Note Taking service for hard-of-hearing members. For more info call  204-975-3037

Call for Volunteers

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter has some great volunteer opportunities.  Help is needed to assist with community events such as health fairs in both Winnipeg and rural locations and assisting with office tasks.  We’d also love to have more volunteers available for longer-term work such as serving on our Board of Directors, assisting with newsletter production, and working on advocacy projects on behalf of Manitoba’s hard of hearing community.  For more information telephone 204-975-3037, fax 204-975-3027 or email mbchha@mymts.net.

CHHA Leaders in Action

Gladys Nielsen, volunteer office manager and Past President of CHHA Manitoba Chapter was recently featured in “I Listen“, CHHA’s weekly news-brief/newsletter. Click on the following link to read the article about Gladys and our chapter:  http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/chha/liagn.pdf

Bats Using Ear Trumpets?

The Costa Rican Spix disc-winged bat is very small animal that lives in near total darkness.   The creatures depend largely on their hearing to navigate, and also rely on natural “hearing aids” to augment their communication.  You can read this interesting research story published by Hear-it by clicking on this link:  http://www.hear-it.org/costa-rican-bats-use-natural-hearing-aids

Living With Hearing Loss Program – NEW!

A new ten-week session of the Living With Hearing Loss program runs on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from October 2nd until December 4th.

Location:  Room 202 – 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

Cost:  $40.00 for CHHA members; $50 for non-members

Class size is limited, so be sure to register early:  phone 204-975-3037 or email mbchha@mymts.net.

Randy Rutherford at the Fringe!

Filled with laughs and radiant imagery, this show is an inspiring tale of one man’s ability to overcome adversity. An award-winning musical memoir about Rutherford’s life in 1970’s Alaska where he was living his dream when congenital hearing loss changed his world forever…

Sponsored by Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) MB Chapter with captioning provided by Word for Word.

SHOW: July 23rd at 3:15 PM – Prairie Theatre Exchange Mainstage

To learn more, visit Randy’s web site at http://www.randyrutherford.net/

Disability Claims Denied – Lenghty Waits for Appeals

In a June 12, 2014 story the Globe and Mail reports that thousands of people who have been denied disability benefits are made to wait more than a year before their appeals are heard by the federal government’s new Social Security Tribunal.  Read the full report by clicking the link below:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/thousands-awaiting-appeals-before-social-security-tribunal/article19150798/

CHHA 2014 National Conference Report by Roz Sutley

The Canadian Hard of Hearing National Conference was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto May 22nd to May 24th this year. Thanks to the encouragement and financial support from CHHA Manitoba Chapter I was able to attend my first conference.

Feeling very much like the fabled country mouse, I packed my bags and flew off to the BIG city. Arriving in Toronto and navigating my way to the hotel on my own was just the start of my adventure. It was interesting to note that summer and construction go hand in hand no matter where you are, and having a hearing loss probably makes it much more endurable! Read more »