Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

CHHA, in partnership with 18 other disability organizations, has officially launched its Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.   This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component.  The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is spearheading the project to conduct consultations and forums to give those with invisible disabilities a voice and an opportunity to contribute to Canada’s planned accessibility legislation.

The following link provides details on the organizations involved and also includes a link to a survey on disability issues.  Please feel free to share this information with friends, family members and other disability groups.  http://chha.ca/chha/spotlight.php#partners

As well, you can view the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association poster that highlights the key messages of this project: spotlight – CHHA Posters EN 11×17 LOWRES

See Your Doctor About Earwax Problems

It’s tempting to dig away at earwax with cotton swabs, bobby pins or other tools.  But it takes a medical professional to properly assess problems with earwax and safely remove it.  The following report published by CBC explains why

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/earwax-1.3920532

Over the Counter Painkillers Linked to Hearing Loss

Read this interesting CBC News report on the potential effects of over the counter painkillers on hearing loss and other health concerns.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/hearing-loss-painkillers-1.3910809

Crossword Puzzle Solution!

Our chapter’s December newsletter included a crossword puzzle. Here’s the solution:

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Difference Between Self-Reported and Measured Hearing Loss

December 2016.  hear-it.org  published an article in its December 2016 on-line newsletter with the following headline:  Canada: Large disparities between measured and self-reported hearing loss.  The article states that one in five Canadians aged 20 to 79 was found to have a hearing loss in at least one ear when tested audiometrically.  The study, The Canadian Health Measures Survey was supported by Statistics Canada.  Read the full article here: http://www.hear-it.org/canada-large-disparities-between-measured-and-self-reported-hearing-loss

Text With 9-1-1 Awareness Day! A Message From MTS

The following message is from Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS):

Good afternoon,

MTS is participating in Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day on December 1, 2016. We are excited to discuss this important service with the Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Speech Impaired community in Manitoba.

We will be active on Twitter and Facebook tomorrow and we encourage you to join in the conversation. We’ve included some background information and suggested communication in French and English for social media in the attachment.

More information regarding Text with 9-1-1 can be found at www.TextWith911.ca and our Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) web page including details about registering for the service and where the service is available.

Thank you for your support.

Donation Drive

Clean out your closets and cupboards! Donate used clothing, shoes, accessories, books and small household items to support CHHA Manitoba Chapter! 

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian hard of Hearing Association is collecting saleable goods for Value Village at 970 Nairn Avenue only on Saturday, December 3rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Donations will be weighed at the end of the day and Value Village will pay our chapter fifteen cents per pound for soft goods and five cents per pound for hard goods. 

Clothing, shoes, accessories and linen should be placed in  plastic bags and heavier items such as books and small household items should be placed in boxes as they may be breakable.  Thank you for your support!

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The current regulations in regard to access to the Disability Tax Credit for people with hearing loss are overly restrictive and do not accurately reflect the challenges that these Canadians face; and
  • The requirements for the Disability Tax Credit need to be more inline with the lived reality of persons with hearing loss and provide more equitable access to this important credit.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to amend the Income Tax Act to change the requirements for a person with a hearing loss to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit; specifically:
1. Amend “quiet setting” to “normal/typical setting”, as this is where most communication takes place;
2. Change the requirement that a person be unable to understand “a person familiar to them” to “another person”, because people with hearing loss communicate with people unfamiliar to them every day; and
3. Remove the requirement that a person be wearing an “assistive listening device”, because these technologies do not remove or reverse the hearing loss, are subject to malfunction, and cannot be worn in some situations.
(Open until November 30, 2016)
Please circulate to family, friends and co-workers.
This is an important issue that affects many individuals with hearing loss who have previously been unable to claim the disability tax credit.

January 12, 2017 – Hold the Date!

CHHA Manitoba Chapter will hold an open meeting at 7:00 p.m. January 12th in Room 202-203 at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities building.  Details provided in the Events Calendar on the right-hand side of your screen!

Undiagnosed Hearing Loss a Cause of Isolation

An article published by Hear-it in their on-line newsletter provides information about a study conducted at the University of British Columbia, UBC Okanagan in Canada.  Researchers found that unacknowledged or unaddressed hearing loss is associated with a significantly increased risk of social isolation among people aged 60 to 69 years of age.  The UBC study also found that undiagnosed hearing problems are associated with cognitive declines equivalent to almost four years of chronological aging.  Read the article here: http://www.hear-it.org/undiagnosed-hearing-loss-seniors-may-increase-social-isolation