2017 National Conference

The  2017 CHHA National Conference “Hear by the Sea” takes place in beautiful Sidney, BC from May 25-27, 2017. We will also be celebrating our 35th Anniversary!

Early Bird registration  ($280) is available to CHHA Members until February 28th.  Visit CHHA National for details and to register:  CHHA National Conference 2017

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

SMD Offering Free Tax Clinic Throughout April

Are you a person living with a disability?  Need a hand to prepare your tax return?  The Society for Manitobans With Disabilities (SMD) is offering a free tax clinic Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April.  The clinic takes place at 825 Sherbrook Street in room 204.  You must book an appointment to attend.  Call 204-975-3037 or email FinLit@smd.mb.ca

Word Search Puzzle Answers

The February 2017 newsletter included a word search puzzle.  Click here to see the solution: February 2017 Word Search Puzzle Answers


Introducing Manitoba 211 Service

Manitoba’s new 211 service is a province-wide online service to help Manitobans find the help they need from government and community-based health and social services.  The service was developed through a partnership between United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba, and also includes all Manitoba United Ways as stakeholders.  The second phase will extend the service to include telephone, text and/or chat capability.  Here’s a link to the new service: 211 Manitoba


ASL Interpreters and Captioning Available at Some Entertainment Events

The Winnipeg Free Press feature  story Open to Interpretation – Lyrical Expression published February 4, 2017 explains a new entertainment trend which includes ASL (American sign language) interpreters at concerts so that deaf patrons can enjoy the event.  The story also includes information about the program offered at the MTS Centre to provide captioning services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities via mobile devices.  Requests for closed captioning at the Centre can be made on their website at MTS Centre or by phoning the True North office at 204-987-7825.  You can read the entire article on the Free Press website at:  Winnipeg Free Press – ASL at music concerts

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


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.


Crossword Puzzle Solution!

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


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