Category Archives: Manitoba News

Lots of New Activities This Fall

CHHA Manitoba Chapter is pleased to announce that we have several new Let’s Talk Speech (lip) Reading Classes starting this fall and two popular Hard of Hearing Hangout adult social evenings are scheduled for October 24th and November 21st.  As well, the Transcona Hearing Loss Support Group and the Meniere’s Support Group both return starting September 25th.  Details are posted in the events section on the right-hand side of your screen.

WRHA Cuts Audiology Services at Health Sciences Centre

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has recently cut many health care services.  Cuts now include outpatient audiology services at the Health Sciences Centre which many adult patients rely on for diagnosis of serious ear disorders.  Read the CBC’s coverage of this issue here: audiology services cut at Health Sciences Centre

WWII Veteran Denied Hearing Aid by Veterans Affairs

A decorated veteran of the second world war who lives in Brandon has had his request for a hearing aid denied by Veterans Affairs, who noted that he was not exposed to enough noise during to cause hearing loss.  He was, in fact, exposed to significant noise from gunfire during his overseas service.  Read the Brandon Sun article here:  Brandon Sun article on veteran denied hearing aid

Problem with Video Call Service

According to a CBC on-line news story published June 22, 2017, there have been problems with called parties hanging up on video call service calls because they mistakenly think the calls are from telemarketers.  Read CBC’s report at video call-service for deaf/hard-of-hearing mistaken for telemarketing

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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Annual General Meeting

Our chapter will hold its annual general meeting on May 11th.  The business portion of the meeting will be brief, followed by a presentation by speech language pathologist Janelle Kent.  Coffee, tea and goodies follow the meeting giving members and guests an opportunity to socialize.  Free parking available in the lot across the land from the SMD building – be sure to sign in at the reception desk. And don’t forget – bring along your old hearing aids so we can help recycle them to someone in need.  Click on this link to see the meeting poster: CHHA Manitoba AGM 2017 Poster

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

Crossword Puzzle Solution!

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

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Donation Drive

Clean out your closets and cupboards! Donate used clothing, shoes, accessories, books and small household items to support CHHA Manitoba Chapter! 

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian hard of Hearing Association is collecting saleable goods for Value Village at 970 Nairn Avenue only on Saturday, December 3rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Donations will be weighed at the end of the day and Value Village will pay our chapter fifteen cents per pound for soft goods and five cents per pound for hard goods. 

Clothing, shoes, accessories and linen should be placed in  plastic bags and heavier items such as books and small household items should be placed in boxes as they may be breakable.  Thank you for your support!