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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Meniere’s Support Group

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 call CHHA Manitoba Chapter at 204-975-3037

Vertigo – Understanding and Diagnosing Inner-ear Balance Disorders

CBC published a detailed article by multimedia journalist Meredith Levine in October 2014 about the challenges of diagnosing and treating inner-ear balance (vestibular) disorders.

Among the challenges is the fact that the vestibular system is “… inaccessibly encased in bone, beyond the reach of biopsy or current imaging technology.  Accurate diagnosis requires both specialized equipment … and specialists willing to invest inordinate amounts of time …”

Read the full article at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/misunderstood-and-often-misdiagnosed-the-mystery-of-vertigo-1.2748513

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/