When: May 23-25, 2013
Hosted: The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in partnership with CHHA Edmonton Branch: workshops, Hearing and Health Expo, and fun activities
Where: At the Fantasyland Hotel located in the West Edmonton Mall
Address: 17700-87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4
For complete details visit the Canadian Hard of Hearing national web site by clicking this link: http://www.chha.ca/conference/
The device, recently approved in Canada for clinical use, is designed for people who have hearing loss in the middle and outer ear.
Doctors at a London, Ont., hospital have begun tests on the latest generation of hearing implants called the Bonebridge, an implant surgically embedded under the skin and into the temporal bone.
Older versions of the bone conduction device were considered too bulky, and required a metal hook to anchor the external microphone to the scalp.
The updated device uses wireless technology and links the internal and external components using magnets.
An external microphone worn under the hair captures sound and sends it to the implant, which transforms the noise into vibrations. The vibrations are transmitted to the inner ear, where they are processed into natural sound.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/bone-implant-gives-new-hope-to-hearing-impaired-1.1277726#ixzz2THPp1HPK
AUSTRALIAN academic and commercial researchers have developed designs for higher-performance electrodes which could substantially improve sound perception in the next generation of cochlear implants.
To read more please click on the link below http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/new-manufacturing-processes-improve-cochlear-impla
The following link is to a U.S. website so the numbers in the statistics don’t apply to Canada but the percentages they represent will be pretty close and of course the signs are the same no matter where you live!
This would be the perfect time to have a checkup with an audiologist. If you’ve never had a hearing test it’s a good idea to have one to use as a baseline. The changes in our hearing very often happen slowly and we adjust not really realizing what we are missing. As with any health issue early diagnosis and attention are very important.
If you have a hearing loss now is a good time to talk to your family and friends and remind them about what they can do to help you communicate with them. If there are young people in your family remind them to be very careful about the volume when they use their ear buds for listening to music.
April 24, 2013 was an historic day in Manitoba as the Minister of Family Services and Labour, the Honourable Jennifer Howard, tabled Bill 26, The Accessibilty for Manitobans Act. This is just the first step in a long journey that will see Manitoba become a more inclusive place for all people.
For more detail and a link to the bill go to http://barrierfreemb.com/
This year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) features a presentation on the Hard of Hearing Hospital Kits – a special project developed and launched right here by CHHA Manitoba Chapter to ensure that the communication needs of hard-of-hearing hospital patients are met. Everyone who attends the meeting will receive their very own kit – it’s a handy thing to have for more than just a visit to the hospital! The presentation follows a brief business meeting. The session takes place at the Deer Lodge Centre on Portage Avenue.
CHHA National is conducting a brief survey to consider a new name for our organization, as well as a new slogan. The deadline to complete the survey is March 10th, so you’ll need to hurry! This is a very short questionnaire, and will only take a few minutes to complete. Here’s the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7RBXNH
The following email was distributed to members of the MTS Accessibility Forum today: Good News! Today the CRTC issued a Telecom Decision directing telephone companies across Canada to implement Text Messaging with 9-1-1 in 2014. MTS is looking forward to implementing this solution, and will be coordinating activities with key stakeholders such as the various Accessibility groups. We will keep you informed later this year as we move forward with this initiative.
Telecom Decision 2013-22 can be accessed at the following link http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013-22.htm
Inquiries to MTS can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Shearer, the woman who pioneered the Living With Hearing Loss Program in Manitoba, passed away on Friday January 4, 2013. Ms. Shearer served as a Board member of CHHA Manitoba Chapter several years ago, and in the 1980′s she was also a member of the National Board of Directors. Click here to read the obituary notice published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 9, 2013
A new session of the Living With Hearing Loss program begins on Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Classes are held once weekly for ten weeks. For information on registration and program fees, contact the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities at 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5, telephone 975-3107, or email email@example.com. View more information on SMD’s Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults.