Category Archives: General Interest

News tidbits from all over

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.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/sorrow-in-the-silence-317509361.html

Hearing test iPad app

A Canadian-developed hearing test iPad application developed for use in third-world countries has applications at home.  Read the CBC on-line story about this diagnostic tool here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canadian-hearing-test-app-for-third-world-finding-new-uses-here-1.3046345

A big THANK YOU to our volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month and CHHA Manitoba Chapter is happy to take this opportunity to recognize the many people who work to deliver our chapter’s programs and services.  Thanks a bunch everyone! 

Vertigo – Understanding and Diagnosing Inner-ear Balance Disorders

CBC published a detailed article by multimedia journalist Meredith Levine in October 2014 about the challenges of diagnosing and treating inner-ear balance (vestibular) disorders.

Among the challenges is the fact that the vestibular system is “… inaccessibly encased in bone, beyond the reach of biopsy or current imaging technology.  Accurate diagnosis requires both specialized equipment … and specialists willing to invest inordinate amounts of time …”

Read the full article at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/misunderstood-and-often-misdiagnosed-the-mystery-of-vertigo-1.2748513

Call for Volunteers

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter has some great volunteer opportunities.  Help is needed to assist with community events such as health fairs in both Winnipeg and rural locations and assisting with office tasks.  We’d also love to have more volunteers available for longer-term work such as serving on our Board of Directors, assisting with newsletter production, and working on advocacy projects on behalf of Manitoba’s hard of hearing community.  For more information telephone 204-975-3037, fax 204-975-3027 or email mbchha@mymts.net.

MTS Discount Offer for Hard of Hearing Customers

MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services) now offers special discounts to deaf and hard-of-hearing customers on some of its Smartphone plans.   For more information about this and other accessibility-discounts click the following link:  http://www.mts.ca/mts/personal/access+for+all

Newborn Hearing Screening in Canada

A CBC on-lines news report published March 26, 2014 identifies shortcomings in newborn hearing screening in most provinces.  Click the link below to read the report.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/newborn-hearing-screening-insufficient-in-most-provinces-1.2585960

Noise at sports events can cause long-term hearing loss; experts

Spectators at pro sports games like the Super Bowl need to protect their ears while enjoying the action, Canadian experts say.  Read the story on CBC’s news web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/noise-at-pro-sports-games-can-cause-long-term-hearing-loss-1.2519252

Coping With Hearing Loss Program

CHHA Manitoba is once again running a “Coping With Hearing Loss” program on Fridays from September 27th thru November 29 th from 1:30p.m.—3:30p.m. at Central Speech and Hearing Clinic located at 2 – 1325 Markham Road.

You’ll learn valuable skills in a friendly open setting. Each session will be a hands on learning experience as well as a social sharing time.

Cost for CHHA members is $40.00 and for non-members $50.00

To register please email mbchha@mymts.net or call the office at 204 – 975-3037

Why Being the World’s Loudest Stadium is a Bad Idea

Please click on the link below to read an article from NBC Health News about the damage that can be done to your hearing at some sporting events.

Cheering on the home team is great but not at the expense of your hearing!

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/why-being-worlds-loudest-stadium-bad-idea-8C11152514?ocid=msnhp&pos=2