Manitoba Happenings

There’s lots of activity at CHHA Manitoba Chapter this fall.  The chapter was invited to give presentations to several groups in Winnipeg as well as in Selkirk and Carberry.  Our chapter was represented at the Celebrating Abilities Conference in Thompson where board member Gladys Nielsen gave a presentation.  There is currently a Living with Hearing Loss session underway at the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, and a special program for cochlear implant patients, Coping with Hearing Loss, is being held at the Central Speech and Hearing Clinic.

In addition, the National Speech Reading training program runs in Winnipeg the week of November 24th to provide unified training to both new and experienced speech reading instructors.  This program is sponsored by the Federal Government and is being delivered in six locations across Canada.

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. Meeting supported by Note Taking service for hard-of-hearing members. For more info:  menieres-group@mts.net; 204-975-3037

100 + Cochlear Implants in Manitoba

There have been over 100 cochlear implant surgeries in Manitoba since the program was announced three years ago.  CHHA Manitoba Chapter was instrumental in convincing the Manitoba government to develop the program here instead of sending patients out of province for their surgery.  A Winnipeg Free Press story published November 17, 2014 outlines the program and its successes.  Read the full story at: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Hearing-surgery-program-at-HSC-reaches-milestone-283037251.html

Celebrating Abilities Conference

In October, Community Living Manitoba hosted a conference in Thompson focused on celebrating abilities in northern and rural areas of the province.  Gladys Nielsen, a Board member with CHHA Manitoba Chapter, delivered a workshop on living with hearing loss at the conference.  The Thompson Citizen covered the story – you can read their report by clicking on this link:  http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/news/thompson/celebrating-abilities-conference-focused-on-education-employment-and-first-nations-1.1428068

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.

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