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Welcome to the NEW I Listen!  We incorporated your feedback from the membership survey to make this newsletter what you want to read! Expect to see the NEW issue of I Listen delivered to your inbox, Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays! The stories are of interest to Canadians with hearing loss. The information is drawn from news media across Canada and around the world, and chosen to raise awareness of communication strategies that assist hard of hearing people in their daily lives. CHHA is the national voice for Canadians with hearing loss, and is a non-profit consumer organization.

Bienvenue à À l'écoute, un bi-hebdomadaire électronique qui vous informe sur les produits, services et événements d'intérêt pour les Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. L'information est tirée de diverses sources de partout au Canada et dans le monde entier. Notre objectif est sensibiliser les malentendants et de leur permettre de choisir des stratégies de communication qui les aident dans leur vie quotidienne. L'AMEC est la voix nationale des Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. Nous sommes un organisme sans but lucratif.

                                                                                             October 19, 2016 | Issue # 3

Message from your Executive Director

   We're listening to you. The recent Member Survey and Communications notes from the Leadership in Action workshop told us you wanted an improved I Listen Newsletter. You asked for more input about the CHHA community and a more modern, lively design. Well, here it is. Watch for this every two weeks. Let us know what you think. Be sure to send us your news to enrich the content.
-Glenn Martin, National Executive Director

Golden age award
Journal Pioneer
Verna Barlow (left), Annie Lee MacDonald and Maria Bernard stand together with the award certificates. The three Prince County residents received the titles of Island Seniors of the Year, Monday along with Alan Stuart William Hogg of Cornwall and Alice Taylor of Stratford.
Five Island seniors, including three Prince County residents, have been named 2016 Senior Islanders of the Year.

Verna Barlow of Poplar Grove, Maria Bernard of Summerside, Alan Stuart William Hogg of Cornwall, Annie Lee MacDonald of Augustine Cove and Alice Taylor of Stratford received the awards, Monday presented by Family and Human Services minister, Tina Mundy, and the P.E.I. Seniors’ Secretariat.
Call for Workshop Proposals : 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

The 2017 CHHA National Conference will be held May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre (located at 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney, BC, V8L 1W9) in Sidney, British Columbia.

The conference will be held over the span of three days with programming including an Exhibitor Trade Fair, Keynote Speaker, Research Symposium, Workshops and a special social event for delegates. CART and Looping will be provided by CHHA National for all presentations.

This is a call for proposals to present at the 2017 CHHA National Conference. Proposals may involve innovative research, emerging technology, ideas, projects or topics of direct interest to persons who live with hearing loss, whose primary means of communication is a spoken language (i.e. English).

Topics should be relevant to the CHHA National Conference or hearing loss issues in general.

Click here to find information you will need to submit your proposal. The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2016.

For more information regarding the 2017 CHHA Conference, please visit:

If you have any questions about the Call for Proposals, Deadlines or Documents required for submission, please do not hesitate to contact Chantal Coleman, Events and Communications Coordinator at .

Spotlight On...

CHHA-Calgary Honours Lynn Wheadon
By Sheila Serup, CHHA-Calgary President
After 50 years of teaching hard of hearing Canadians, Lynn Wheadon has stepped down from both the CHHA National Speechreading Program and Calgary branch board to focus on her painting and group art shows.
The CHHA-Calgary branch recently honoured its retiring member Lynn Wheadon for 50 years of leading and teaching speech-reading classes for hard of hearing people across Canada.
Lynn stepped down from the CHHA speechreading program last May and her local branch in September. Although she will maintain her membership, she will assist the branch with programming by mentoring incoming board members.

As an individual with a severe hearing loss, caused by maternal rubella in infancy, she employed her Bachelor of Education degree and love of teaching to create greater access and inclusion for individuals of all ages with hearing loss. Over a 50-year span, she taught deaf and hard of hearing students, taught speechreading classes, started a tinnitus support group, provided peer counseling and started a program on noise and hearing conservation. She served as the coordinator for the “Coping with Hearing Loss Independence Program. As a super instructor, she trained speechreading instructors across Canada, authored the “Hearing Help – A Speechreading Instructor’s Manual for Let’s Talk and Let’s Talk Some More.”

Her “retirement” from teaching for more than 50 years leaves a lasting legacy for the hard of hearing and deaf community. She now plans to focus on her time to her artwork.



Workplace Accessibility Nominations
CHHA National

Nominate a workplace in your community for the CHHA Workplace Accessibility Awards! Workplace should follow some or all of the following criteria: accessible websites (including captioning for videos), accessible venues that have hearing accessibility equipment, good acoustics and lighting for patrons, accessible employers that offer the equipment their hard of hearing staff can use, or accessible events that offer looping/CART at their meetings and events. Please send a short paragraph on why you chose this company for the workplace accessibility award. Nominations can be sent to until October 31, 2016. Winning company will be announced on November 14 and will receive a Sennheiser Headset and a company profile on the CHHA website. 

Starkey Hearing Foundation Teams with Jays Care Foundation and Toronto Community Housing to Bring Gift of Hearing to People in Need in Toronto
Edmonton Journal

Seniors with hearing loss living in Toronto Community Housing received the gift of hearing from Starkey Hearing Foundation. Jays Care Foundation hosted the first-ever Canadian Hearing Mission at Rogers Centre, where 38 seniors were reconnected to their family, community, and world.

"I saw surprise, I saw joy, I saw people recognizing how poorly their hearing was prior to putting the device on," Buck Martinez, former Major League Baseball player and manager and Sportsnet broadcaster, "I think that's the big satisfaction when they see somebody that might be hearing for the first time, or could communicate with their children for the first time again in a long time."

The Starkey Hearing Foundation's team of audiologists and staff fit complimentary, customized, state-of-the-art, digital hearing devices. The team also trained the seniors and their family on how to operate these hearing devices.


Hearing-impaired man fighting for subsidy for his service dog
Global News

Shannon Moran is furious that he’s been denied funding for his service dog.

Despite qualifying for a Hearing Ear Dog from the Lions Foundation of Canada, Quebec’s subsidy program doesn’t seem to recognize his dog as a legitimate service animal.

He’s now planning to fight the province’s decision at the Human Rights Commission.

“It’s discrimination,” Moran said.

Moran has several disabilities, including severe hearing loss.

The Lions Foundation of Canada gave Moran a certified Hearing Ear Dog more than a decade ago. The senior citizen spends roughly $1,200 a year on his service dog’s veterinarian bills and food and he desperately wants access to a subsidy.

But after sending in several applications to Quebec’s health and social services ministry, his requests keep getting denied.

Il y a 40 ans : la première implantation cochléaire
EDP Audio

Le 22 septembre 1976, il y a quarante ans, le professeur Claude-Henri Chouard, assisté du professeur Bernard Meyer, réalisait la première implantation cochléaire multi-canaux. Cette opération a été rendue possible grâce à la mise au point de l'implant, entre 1973 et 1976, par le Pr Chouard et le Pr Patrick Mac Leod, en collaboration avec la société Bertin. Les brevets de leurs inventions ont été déposés en 1975 et 1978.
Les principes posés par cette équipe dans les années 1970 sont aujourd’hui toujours utilisés, non seulement par tous les fabricants d’implants cochléaires ou du tronc cérébral, mais également pour les appareils implantés d’électrostimulation biologique multicanaux.

Industry Event Submissions
CHHA National

If you come across an industry event that would be of interest to members of CHHA, please submit link, photos and information to . Thank you in advance for your submissions!
CHHA’s Online Scholarship Application deadline is March 3, 2017!
CHHA National

If you will be entering into full time studies September 2017 and experience a hearing loss, take advantage of CHHA’s online Scholarship application!
This online format will save you time and effort: only one application needs to be filled out to apply for any of the scholarships, there are no worries about your mail getting lost or being received late, and you will receive a confirmation email upon submission.
Scholarships are open to anyone with a hearing loss who will be enrolled in a full time program in a post-secondary institution next September.  To access the online scholarship application form, click on the following link: 

For more information about the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association or its scholarship program, please contact or visit the CHHA National Website at

Date limite de demande de bourse d’études en ligne de l'AMEC: 3 mars, 2017!

Si vous planifier être aux études à plein temps en Septembre 2017 et que vous avez une perte auditive, vous pouvez appliquer pour obtenir une bourse d’études en ligne de l'AMEC!
Ce modèle en ligne vous permettra d'économiser temps et effort: une seule demande à compléter pour être éligible aux bourses disponibles.  Facile! Vous recevrez un email de confirmation lors de la soumission.
Les bourses sont ouvertes à toute personne ayant une déficience auditive qui est inscrite dans des études dans une institution postsecondaire partir de Septembre prochain. Pour accéder au formulaire de demande en ligne de bourse d’études, cliquez sur le lien suivant: 
Pour plus d'information, veuillez contacter

Christmas Quilt Fundraiser
CHHA Happy Valley-Goose Bay

CHHA-Happy Valley-Goose Bay is now selling tickets for a beautiful hand made Christmas Quilt.  
Tickets are ONLY $1 each and email transfers are accepted at  
Draw date is Dec. 5.  Only 2000 tickets printed.

CHHA History
CHHA National

If you are aware of any CHHA history, we would like to hear from you! Stories, documents, volunteer profiles … whatever you think would be of interest to CHHA members. We will compile all the information we receive and post it on the CHHA website for all to enjoy. Contact Chantal Coleman, Events & Communications Coordinator at Click to view a brief history of CHHA.


CHHA Edmonton Newsletter-"Overheard in the Fall"
CHHA Edmonton

Read the latest issue of the CHHA Edmonton Newsletter to see what they have been up to!

If you would like to see your Chapter or Branch newsletter featured in I Listen, send a copy of your latest newsletter to


CHHA Events

CHHA Vancouver AGM
CHHA Vancouver

Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Tuesday November 29, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of British Columbia
3575 Kaslo Street Vancouver, BC

A reminder to use street parking as the gates in the parking lot close in the evening and we don't want your car trapped inside!
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Joanna E. Cannon, PhD, Associate Professor in Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia joining us following the AGM. Dr. Cannon will discuss Language: Form, content, and use - How does focusing on these elements increase language and literacy acquisition? 
Please RSVP no later than November 19th, 2016 at
“Hear by the Sea”, 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

Register now for “Hear by the Sea” 2017 CHHA National Conference and take advantage of the early bird rates!

May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre in scenic Sidney, BC.
Call for Event Submissions
CHHA National

If you would like to see your Branch or Chapters Meetings/Events listed here, please email with the details!

When a HoH Meets a Pro
Hearing Health Matters

In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros:
HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as the moms and dads, life partners, children, and friends.)
Pro:  Refers to someone who works in a hearing healthcare field, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, but this category also can include an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, hearing aid manufacturer, and/or an assistive technology sales rep. 
…now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Cinema offers sound idea for hearing impaired
Timmins Press
Timmins audiologist Katherine Storring stands out front of the Timmins Cinema 6, which has decided to start screening movies with captions on Wednesdays starting Oct. 12. She says it is a significant step toward increased accessibility for the hearing impaired in the city.
TIMMINS- When watching movies at home, whether it be on DVD, Blu-Ray, or on one of many streaming services, viewers always have the option to turn on the closed captions.
It’s a standard option, and one that many people with hearing impairments rely upon to enjoy modern entertainment.
But when it comes to seeing the latest Hollywood blockbuster, many people who have difficulty hearing have to wait until the film is released outside of theatres, or travel to theatres outside of Timmins that can meet their needs.
That may no longer be the case.
Imagine Cinemas Cinema 6 in Timmins has launched a pilot project, screening the two most popular movies of the week with captions on Wednesday evenings at least until the end of the year.

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