Category Archives: National News

News from CHHA National

2017 National Conference

The  2017 CHHA National Conference “Hear by the Sea” takes place in beautiful Sidney, BC from May 25-27, 2017. We will also be celebrating our 35th Anniversary!

Visit CHHA National for details and to register:  CHHA National Conference 2017

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

CHHA, in partnership with 18 other disability organizations, has officially launched its Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.   This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component.  The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is spearheading the project to conduct consultations and forums to give those with invisible disabilities a voice and an opportunity to contribute to Canada’s planned accessibility legislation. Read more »

Difference Between Self-Reported and Measured Hearing Loss

December 2016.  published an article in its December 2016 on-line newsletter with the following headline:  Canada: Large disparities between measured and self-reported hearing loss.  The article states that one in five Canadians aged 20 to 79 was found to have a hearing loss in at least one ear when tested audiometrically.  The study, The Canadian Health Measures Survey was supported by Statistics Canada.  Read the full article here:

Text With 9-1-1 Awareness Day! A Message From MTS

The following message is from Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS):

Good afternoon,

MTS is participating in Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day on December 1, 2016. We are excited to discuss this important service with the Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing, and Speech Impaired community in Manitoba.

We will be active on Twitter and Facebook tomorrow and we encourage you to join in the conversation. We’ve included some background information and suggested communication in French and English for social media in the attachment.

More information regarding Text with 9-1-1 can be found at and our Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) web page including details about registering for the service and where the service is available.

Thank you for your support.

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The current regulations in regard to access to the Disability Tax Credit for people with hearing loss are overly restrictive and do not accurately reflect the challenges that these Canadians face; and
  • The requirements for the Disability Tax Credit need to be more inline with the lived reality of persons with hearing loss and provide more equitable access to this important credit.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to amend the Income Tax Act to change the requirements for a person with a hearing loss to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit; specifically:
1. Amend “quiet setting” to “normal/typical setting”, as this is where most communication takes place;
2. Change the requirement that a person be unable to understand “a person familiar to them” to “another person”, because people with hearing loss communicate with people unfamiliar to them every day; and
3. Remove the requirement that a person be wearing an “assistive listening device”, because these technologies do not remove or reverse the hearing loss, are subject to malfunction, and cannot be worn in some situations.
(Open until November 30, 2016)
Please circulate to family, friends and co-workers.
This is an important issue that affects many individuals with hearing loss who have previously been unable to claim the disability tax credit.

Accessibility Legislation

The Government of Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) wishes to share an important opportunity to contribute to a national discussion on accessibility legislation.  The Government of Canada is inviting Manitoba youth with expertise in a broad range of disabilities to participate in a national conversation about accessibility.  These discussions will be part of a day-long National Youth Forum planned in Ottawa in November 2016.  Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host the forum.

To learn more about how all Manitobans can participate in the national consultation on-line and in person, and how youth can apply to the National Youth Forum, please visit Government of Canada – disability consultations  and click on National Youth Forum.  The deadline for submissions to the Government of Canada is September 15, 2016.


Congratulations to Gael Hannan on the highly successful launch of her book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  The book reached number two on McNally Robinson’s best seller list for non-fiction for the week of May 22 to June 1, 2016.

Video from May 26, 2016 book signing

A special event CHHA Manitoba Chapter sponsored as part of Speech and Hearing Month in 2016 was a book-signing held Thursday May 26 at the McNally Robinson book store in Winnipeg.  The event featured Gael Hannan discussing her new book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  Gael is a sought-after speaker known for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss. Here’s a link to the video posted on YouTube.  The video was shot using a cellphone from the back of the room so the quality is not perfect, but it’s still good!  You may have to increase your volume to hear it properly. Gael Hannan book signing May 27, 2016

New Executive Director at CHHA National

Press Release: Ottawa, Ontario – February 16, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce Ms. Glenn Martin as their Executive Director, effective
February 16, 2016.

“We are excited to have Glenn join us,” says Myrtle Barrett, President of CHHA. “With her senior management experience with organizations undergoing change and her passion for making a difference, Glenn Martin is an excellent fit for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.”

Ms. Martin is a Registered Nurse, holds a Commerce degree from the University of  Victoria and is a Certified Association Executive. She held senior staff positions with not-for-profits for twelve years, including eight as CEO for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACECBC). Previously, Glenn was the Manager, Member & Public Affairs for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the regulatory body for more than 25,000 members.   Read more »

CHHA National Responds to Memorial University

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association responded to the issue involving a Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador professor who has refused to wear a device that would allow a hearing impaired student to hear her lecture:   CHHA response to Memorial University