Category Archives: General Interest

News tidbits from all over

Appeal for Support for Central Speech and Hearing Clinic

To our families, friends and supporters

I am hoping that you will take time to listen to this young woman’s interview and understand what is possible for deaf and hard of hearing children and how your past support and donations have made it possible for young people like Jessie to achieve their goals.  Jessie and her parents learned of the Clinic’s program when Jessie was six years old.  They traveled weekly from Souris, Manitoba to learn how to teach Jessie how to speak.  Jessie had hearing aids but received a cochlear implant when she was in Grade 3.  She progressed well through the school system, graduated from Grade XII and studied the Sciences  at the University of Manitoba.  Before beginning her Education degree, Jessie took a year off and travelled, on her own, through Australia.  She completed her Education degree, graduated and was hired to teach Mathematics in Norwich, England.  Jessie is now teaching in Altona, Manitoba.   As Jessie says in the interview, it wasn’t an easy road but it was all well worth it. Read more »

“Listening” Requirement for Nfld. High School English Exam

Hard of hearing high-school students in Newfoundland and Labrador are now required to complete a “listening” component of their final English exam.  Although this requirement had been eliminated several years ago, it is in place again.  One student, Jordan Hollahan said “I was shocked because several years it got taken off. It was done. It was not on the English 3201 exam at all. Then last year they brought it back.”

In the past, hard of hearing students like Hollahan could opt out of the listening portion without prejudice. Then the department of education brought it back and the listening portion is worth 10 per cent of the final grade.  View the entire CBC story at cbc news story about Newfoundland & Labrador Highschool Exam

Do We RECYCLE Hearing Aids?

Yes!! Hearing aids can be recycled!

We have received a few inquiries about recycling hearing aids and yes we do accept them. CHHA Manitoba Chapter has been partnering with The Lion’s Hearing Foundation of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario to recycle used hearing aids.  The foundation of is a non-profit organization that provides hearing related services to both children and adults.  They help those requiring specialized surgery or hearing aids.  The Lion’s Hearing Foundation believes everyone has a right to effective communication.  They have an Education and Resource Center that focuses on providing information, education, support groups, and counseling for families of children with hearing loss.

When the CHHA Manitoba Chapter Board members saw the mini-collection boxes that the Lion’s Foundation distributes to collect used hearing aids, we were inspired by their program.  We know the cost of hearing aids is high and can be out of reach for some people.  We feel that partnering with the Lions Hearing Foundation is a good fit for our organization.

Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Program Donation Box

Our Board has offered to help place the collection boxes in public locations. Presently we have a box at our office at the SMD Clearinghouse, one at the Winnipeg Hearing Centre on Henderson Hwy, and Jo-Anne Jones, one of our speech reading instructors, brings a box with her to her classes.
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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

Volunteer Opportunity

This is an opportunity for someone with training and experience as a webmaster to provide valuable support to an organization that focuses on delivering information and programs to Manitoba’s hard of hearing community as well as their families, friends and colleagues. The job does not require a major time commitment, but performing the work will provide a significant benefit to others.
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Contacting Us

We often receive inquiries via our site’s “contact” button but recently there have been some inquiries where the contact email bounced back our responses as “mail delivery failure”.  If you’ve left an inquiry but have not heard back, please try again and ensure that the email address you provide is complete.  Thanks from the website admin team!

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

Yoga for Hard of Hearing – Winter Session

Wednesdays, January 20 to March 23, 2016; 7:15 –8:15 pm
St. James Civic Centre 2055 Ness Ave.

This yoga class is for adults with hearing loss. The class is taught in spoken English using demonstration. Classes will focus on correct alignment of postures. All levels welcome: first time to try yoga or practiced yoga for many years.

The instructor, Lisa Dessens, is a Yoga Centre Winnipeg
certified instructor. She is hearing and is an Audiologist.

Register through the City of Winnipeg Winter Leisure Guide.

Captioning Survey

The Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC) has called for comments on English language television closed-captioning.  The links below provide details of the CRTC notice and the broadcasters’ report.

CRTC Notice:  Call for comments on the English-language closed captioning quality standard related to the accuracy rate for live programming: http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-325.htm?_ga=1.130980557.395647383.1442328668

On 31 October 2014, the English Language Broadcasters Group submitted a Report on Efforts to Improve the Quality of Closed Captioning. The report outlined the group’s challenges in achieving the required accuracy rate for live programming.

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:

http://www.healthyhearing.com/help/hearing-aids/batteries

http://deafness.about.com/cs/haidbatteries/a/batteries.htm

http://www.technologyreview.com/article/401188/zinc-air-batteries/

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:  http://kimt.com/2015/05/05/student-makes-discovery-when-it-comes-to-extending-hearing-aid-battery-life/