CHHA Manitoba Chapter is pleased to announce that we have several new Let’s Talk Speech (lip) Reading Classes starting this fall and two popular Hard of Hearing Hangout adult social evenings are scheduled for October 24th and November 21st. As well, the Transcona Hearing Loss Support Group and the Meniere’s Support Group both return starting September 25th. Details are posted in the events section on the right-hand side of your screen.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has recently cut many health care services. Cuts now include outpatient audiology services at the Health Sciences Centre which many adult patients rely on for diagnosis of serious ear disorders. Read the CBC’s coverage of this issue here: audiology services cut at Health Sciences Centre
A decorated veteran of the second world war who lives in Brandon has had his request for a hearing aid denied by Veterans Affairs, who noted that he was not exposed to enough noise during to cause hearing loss. He was, in fact, exposed to significant noise from gunfire during his overseas service. Read the Brandon Sun article here: Brandon Sun article on veteran denied hearing aid
According to a CBC on-line news story published June 22, 2017, there have been problems with called parties hanging up on video call service calls because they mistakenly think the calls are from telemarketers. Read CBC’s report at video call-service for deaf/hard-of-hearing mistaken for telemarketing
To our families, friends and supporters
I am hoping that you will take time to listen to this young woman’s interview and understand what is possible for deaf and hard of hearing children and how your past support and donations have made it possible for young people like Jessie to achieve their goals. Jessie and her parents learned of the Clinic’s program when Jessie was six years old. They traveled weekly from Souris, Manitoba to learn how to teach Jessie how to speak. Jessie had hearing aids but received a cochlear implant when she was in Grade 3. She progressed well through the school system, graduated from Grade XII and studied the Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Before beginning her Education degree, Jessie took a year off and travelled, on her own, through Australia. She completed her Education degree, graduated and was hired to teach Mathematics in Norwich, England. Jessie is now teaching in Altona, Manitoba. As Jessie says in the interview, it wasn’t an easy road but it was all well worth it. Read more
Hard of hearing high-school students in Newfoundland and Labrador are now required to complete a “listening” component of their final English exam. Although this requirement had been eliminated several years ago, it is in place again. One student, Jordan Hollahan said “I was shocked because several years it got taken off. It was done. It was not on the English 3201 exam at all. Then last year they brought it back.”
In the past, hard of hearing students like Hollahan could opt out of the listening portion without prejudice. Then the department of education brought it back and the listening portion is worth 10 per cent of the final grade. View the entire CBC story at cbc news story about Newfoundland & Labrador Highschool Exam
Yes!! Hearing aids can be recycled!
We have received a few inquiries about recycling hearing aids and yes we do accept them. CHHA Manitoba Chapter has been partnering with The Lion’s Hearing Foundation of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario to recycle used hearing aids. The foundation of is a non-profit organization that provides hearing related services to both children and adults. They help those requiring specialized surgery or hearing aids. The Lion’s Hearing Foundation believes everyone has a right to effective communication. They have an Education and Resource Center that focuses on providing information, education, support groups, and counseling for families of children with hearing loss.
When the CHHA Manitoba Chapter Board members saw the mini-collection boxes that the Lion’s Foundation distributes to collect used hearing aids, we were inspired by their program. We know the cost of hearing aids is high and can be out of reach for some people. We feel that partnering with the Lions Hearing Foundation is a good fit for our organization.
Our Board has offered to help place the collection boxes in public locations. Presently we have a box at our office at the SMD Clearinghouse, one at the Winnipeg Hearing Centre on Henderson Hwy, and Jo-Anne Jones, one of our speech reading instructors, brings a box with her to her classes.
Our chapter will hold its annual general meeting on May 11th. The business portion of the meeting will be brief, followed by a presentation by speech language pathologist Janelle Kent. Coffee, tea and goodies follow the meeting giving members and guests an opportunity to socialize. Free parking available in the lot across the land from the SMD building – be sure to sign in at the reception desk. And don’t forget – bring along your old hearing aids so we can help recycle them to someone in need. Click on this link to see the meeting poster: CHHA Manitoba AGM 2017 Poster
Are you a person living with a disability? Need a hand to prepare your tax return? The Society for Manitobans With Disabilities (SMD) is offering a free tax clinic Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April. The clinic takes place at 825 Sherbrook Street in room 204. You must book an appointment to attend. Call 204-975-3037 or email FinLit@smd.mb.ca