Managing Hearing Loss – Sound Ideas

Frustrated with your hearing loss?  Hearing aids sitting in a drawer instead of in your ear?  Need a hearing aid … or so your family says?  People mumble … they whisper … the background noise …  Is this your life now that you have hearing loss?

If these scenarios are familiar, you may like to join us for a six week course this spring – Managing Hearing Loss- Sound Ideas.  The program starts in early April at the St. James Senior Centre, 203 Dfffield Street 204-987-8850, and at Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, 720 Henderson Highway 204-669-1710.  You can register by calling the centres directly or calling our office at 204-975-3037.  Or you can use the contact button at the top of your screen to email us.  Class size is limited, so register soon.  More details will be posted in our on-line events calendar in early to mid March.  

CHHA National Conference

The CHHA national conference takes place from May 21 to 23, 2015 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  CHHA members who register before February 28 pay just $280, a saving of up to $70.00.  The conference includes a reception, plenary sessions and workshops, an exhibit hall, and a banquet with a special evening event as well as the association’s annual general meeting.  For details, check out the conference information on the national web site at http://www.chha.ca/conference/index2.php

Staying Safe: For the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Age & Opportunity (A & O) Support Services for Older Adults would like to invite you to attend the 2015 National Victims of Crime Awareness Week event entitled “Staying Safe: For the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.”   (Registration deadline –  April 7, 2015) Read more »

Tinnitus Support Group

Ringing, buzzing, humming and other weird noises in your ears?  Attend a special Tinnitus Support Group meeting at SMD with guest speaker Marcia Suderman.  For more information, please call CHHA Manitoba Chapter care of SMD Clearinghouse at 204-957-3037.  Free evening parking is available, but you must sign in at the security desk to avoid being towed.

U of M Centre on Aging to host its 32nd Annual Symposium

The Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba hosts its 32nd annual spring research symposium over two days on May 4-5, 2015 on the Bannatyne Campus.  Many topics will be covered at the event, including presentations on research , care in personal care homes, safety and much more.
All are welcome! There is no cost to attend the sessions. Lunch is available for $10. Registration forms are available on the Centre’s Web site until April 24, 2015. After April 24, 2015, attendees must register in person at the registration desk on May 4, 2015.  For more information, visit http://umanitoba.ca/centres/aging or call (204) 474-9854.

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.  This meeting will be a roundtable discussion – two topics:  (1) the eyes and the balance system, and (2) a guide to purchasing hearing aids.  For more information phone 204-975-3037 and leave a message, or email us using the Contact button at the top of the page.

Thinking About Getting Hearing Aids?

Things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting hearing aids:

First Things First

Visit your family doctor first to have your ears checked for possible ear wax build-up and other conditions that may affect your hearing. Your doctor may refer you to an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist for further evaluation, or may recommend an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

See a properly licensed audiologist for a hearing test. There will probably be a fee for the test if you don’t purchase hearing aids from this business, but patients are entitled to receive a copy of their audiogram to take elsewhere. Some companies charge a fee even if you do purchase from them.

Hearing Test

Hearing loss related to employment or military service may be covered by Workers’ Compensation or Veterans’ Affairs. Find out the answer before proceeding with a hearing test and hearing aid purchase as these institutions may have special requirements or application processes

If you have a private health insurance plan, find out if it covers testing and/or a portion of the purchase price of hearing aids, and if there are any referral letters/test results required in order to apply for coverage. Read more »

Can You Hear Me Now?

Read this excellent March 5, 2015 article by Shannon Sampert, Winnipeg Free Press perspectives and politics editor in which she discusses her own hearing loss and the challenges – both emotional and financial faced by the hard of hearing community.  http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/can-you-hear-me-now-295128521.html

Meniere’s Support Group

A self-help group for people with Ménière’s Disease and other inner-ear balance disorders. Meet others people with the same problems you face, share ideas and coping strategies, reduce isolation resulting from this invisible disability.  For more info click the “Contact” button in the menu bar to send us an email, or phone 204-975-3037

The Who, What & How of Cochlear Implants in Manitoba

Presented by Mr. Jacob Sulkers, Audiologist.

Please join us for an interactive discussion about cochlear implantation including: What is a cochlear implant and how does it work?  For Whom is a cochlear implant appropriate?  How does one go about getting a cochlear implant in Manitoba?  What can you do if you are not an implant candidate but still struggle with communication?

Note Takers and sound system provided to ensure all can participate.  Space is limited – RSVP by February 18, 2015 to kgrabowecky@smd.mb.ca or call 204-975-3037.