Coping With Hearing Loss – Free Presentation

Learn more about living with hearing loss and upcoming speech-reading (lip-reading) classes at this free presentation at Winnipeg’s Good Neighbours Active Living Centre.

Yoga for Hard of Hearing

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide includes a new program – Yoga for Hard of Hearing – a wonderful opportunity for those who have difficulty hearing but want to learn yoga.  The class runs Wednesdays from September 16 to November 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave.  The fee is $70.00.  For more information check out page 50 of the Leisure Guide or call the City of Winnipeg 311 information line.

Info About Hearing Aid Batteries

Did you ever wonder about those little sticky tabs on your hearing aid batteries?  They aren’t there just to identify the battery size.  The most common hearing aid batteries are called “zinc air” batteries because they are air-activated.  A manufacturer’s sticker ensures they remain inactive until the sticker is removed. Once peeled off the back of the battery, oxygen in the air interacts with the zinc in the battery to “turn it on.” The battery can not be deactivated by replacing the seal, so once it is removed the battery will remain in an active state until the power is drained.  Zinc-air cells contain no toxic compounds and are neither highly reactive nor flammable.  For more detailed information, check out these three web sites:

An article published May 5, 2015 in KIMT.Com reports a great money-saving discovery by an 8th grade student who has found a way to extend the life of hearing aid batteries.  Read the story here:

Hearing loss impacts both physical and mental health

According to the author, “A study at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that older adults with hearing loss experienced higher rates of hospitalizations for other serious illnesses than those without. According to a study that surveyed adults with Medicare Supplement plans, hearing loss has a greater impact on quality of life than diabetes, heart disease, coronary artery disease or hypertension.”

Read this excellent article by Charlotte Yeh, AARP Services’ chief medical officer published in the Washington Post, and republished in the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2015.

Speech-reading (lip-reading) classes coming soon!

CHHA Manitoba Chapter plans to hold Level One speech-reading sessions this fall with classes at Access Transcona, Good Neighbours Seniors’ Centre and St. James Senior Centre. Details will be confirmed later, but we’d love to hear from you now if you are interested in participating so that we can get an idea of class size.  An open-house is planned for Good Neighbours on August 31st, and we’d like to confirm enrollments by September 8th.  For more information about our program please contact Super Instructor Gladys Nielsen by email at, or phone 204-975-3037 to leave a message for call-back.

My First CHHA Conference

With the kind support of the CHHA Manitoba Chapter, I was absolutely thrilled when the opportunity arose to attend the National Conference of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 21-23, 2015. I was joined by Joanne Craig and Gladys Nielsen. Gladys is a veteran of many CHHA conferences and she introduced me to everyone and made sure that I got the most of this opportunity. The chance to attend a variety of presentations was rewarding and a valuable learning experience. Read more »

National Conference Experience

Wow – what an experience! I attended the CHHA National Conference in Halifax this May. It was a stellar event, and I’m most grateful to CHHA Manitoba Chapter for its generous contribution to my travel expenses. I met many of the people I’d only ever read about in newsletters, including the National office staff. And I also connected face-to-face with several people I’ve been in touch with by email. One special contact was Brian Marshall who is chair of the Meniere’s/Tinnitus Resource Group for Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more »

Randy Rutherford at the Fringe!

Enjoy a delightfully funny Fringe Festival show featuring Randy Rutherford.  Despite profound hearing loss, Randy thrills and inspires audiences with his musical memoirs, masterfully crafted from his long and interesting life.   The July 22nd 3:30 p.m. show at the Prairie Theatre Mainstage is sponsored by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter and captioned by Word for Word.

Read more about Randy here:

Complete list of show times
Wed. July 15 7:00 pm
Thu. July 16 3:30 pm
Fri. July 17 3:30 pm
Sat. July 18 7:45 pm
Sun. July 19 6:00 pm
Wed. July 22 3:30 pm (captioned)
Thu. July 23 6:00 pm
Fri. July 24 8:00 pm
Sat. July 25 3:30 pm
Sun. July 26 6:30 pm

Meniere’s Support Group

A self-help group for people with Meniere’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.

We have a special presentation planned for this meeting.  Two physiotherapists will discuss safe exercises for people with balance disorders.  Note Taking service will be provided for our hard-of-hearing members. For more information email or phone 204-975-3037

Annual General Meeting

For our annual meeting this spring we’ve decided to discuss what the future of CHHA Manitoba Chapter means to you, our members, and what direction you would like us to move as we head into the future.  Your input is of the utmost importance as this is your association and only you can make the choices that you want the Board to implement to ensure that we are here for all hard of hearing Manitobans, now and in the future.

There will be a door prize and a gift basket.  Come and bring a friend to help our chapter decide our strategy!  Sound system and Note Taking service provided.  There’ll be refreshments and an opportunity to visit with friends following the meeting.  Parking is available in the south lot off McDermot Avenue (across the lane from SMD).  Be sure to sign in at the security desk.