Sound Ideas – Hearing Loss Group

Learn to converse with family and friends, share experiences, discuss effects of hearing loss in everyday life, and learn coping skills.  Everyone is welcome.  Starting Monday September 19th, and running until October 24th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Good Neighbors Active Living Centre, 720 Henderson Highway.  The fee is $3.00 per session.  To register call 204-669-1710 or email

Let’s Talk Speech Reading Class

Do you have hearing problems?  Why not try Speech-reading?  Speech-reading is a skill using visual clues to help you understand the spoken word.  It involves watching the facial expressions, gestures and body language as well as the lips, jaw, tongue and teetch movements of the speaker.  It requires good vision and a commitment to learn and have fun.  The class is offered in the Springfield area through Community Resource Coordinator, Diane Dumas. 204-853-7582.

Let’s Talk speech reading class
Location: Springfield Public Library
Starting Friday, Sept.16 for 8 weeks.
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Fee:  $30.00
To register or information please contact Diane at 204-853-7582.

As Your World Becomes Silent – Understanding Hearing Loss

A special presentation by Roz Sutley, president of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter  on learning to deal with worsening hearing loss.  Location: 400 Des Meurons Street.  Monday September 8 at 10:00 a.m. T o register, call Diane at 204-237-7505

Newborn Hearing Screening

Hearing tests for newborns will be available at 13 health-care facilities across Manitoba starting September 1, 2016.

Read the CBC report here: CBC Manitoba: Newborn Hearing Screening Expands Across Manitoba or the Winnipeg Free Press report here: Winnipeg Free Press: Hearing Program for Infants Launched

Accessibility Legislation

The Government of Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) wishes to share an important opportunity to contribute to a national discussion on accessibility legislation.  The Government of Canada is inviting Manitoba youth with expertise in a broad range of disabilities to participate in a national conversation about accessibility.  These discussions will be part of a day-long National Youth Forum planned in Ottawa in November 2016.  Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host the forum.

To learn more about how all Manitobans can participate in the national consultation on-line and in person, and how youth can apply to the National Youth Forum, please visit Government of Canada – disability consultations  and click on National Youth Forum.  The deadline for submissions to the Government of Canada is September 15, 2016.

Campaign for Better Hearing

The National Association of Federal Retirees and its hearing professional partners has launched the National Campaign for Better Hearing.  The campaign’s first goal is to ensure that Canadians over the age of 60 can get a free hearing test.  Participating hearing health professionals will donate $4.00 for every test performed towards a fund to help provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them.  In 2015 the campaign collected $2.00 for every hearing test, but with this year’s increased donation, the goal is to raise $250,000.  For more information, please visit Campaign for Better Hearing or phone 1-888-903-3316 to book an appointment


Congratulations to Gael Hannan on the highly successful launch of her book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  The book reached number two on McNally Robinson’s best seller list for non-fiction for the week of May 22 to June 1, 2016.

Video from May 26, 2016 book signing

A special event CHHA Manitoba Chapter sponsored as part of Speech and Hearing Month in 2016 was a book-signing held Thursday May 26 at the McNally Robinson book store in Winnipeg.  The event featured Gael Hannan discussing her new book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  Gael is a sought-after speaker known for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss. Here’s a link to the video posted on YouTube.  The video was shot using a cellphone from the back of the room so the quality is not perfect, but it’s still good!  You may have to increase your volume to hear it properly. Gael Hannan book signing May 27, 2016

CHHA National AGM

CHHA holds its annual general meeting in the Assiniboine Room at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg 222 Broadway Avenue from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 28th.

Book signing with Gael Hannan

What better way for CHHA-MB to celebrate May as Speech and Hearing Month than to host a book signing event on Thursday May 26, at 7:30 p.m. Join us in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Avenue to meet and speak with Gael Hannan, a popular writer and hearing-health advocate. She is a sought-after speaker known for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss.  Here’s a link to the information on McNally Robinson’s web site: Mcnally Rrobinson – Gael Hannan book signing event