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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.

                                                                                                   November 30 | Issue # 6
Message from your Executive Director
CHHA Listens

The CHHA National Board of Directors met over the weekend of November 18-20 for a strategic planning retreat and board meeting. In addition to the many productive ideas that resulted, the Board reaffirmed an interest in incorporating the information garnered from the Leadership in Action workshop into the organization’s new strategic direction.

Discussions also identified that the old model for the organization was no longer viable and that changes needed to be made for it to thrive in the future. A compilation report of these fruitful discussions will result in an operational plan that drives the organization’s work in the upcoming one to three years. The areas of focus of this plan are: membership, a disconnect between chapters and branches, advocacy and brand, the four key focus areas identified over the Board’s working weekend.  

CHHA members’ contribution of ideas on how to improve CHHA have been heard and will be acted upon.  CHHA listens.

                                                - Glenn Martin, National Executive Director

Only 2 days left to submit your workshop proposal for the 2017 CHHA Conference-- Deadline is December 2!
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 (Dr. Marshall Chasin), Plenary Speaker (Dr. Douglas Beck),  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 .

Late Fall 2016 – Report to the Membership
CHHA National

Check your inboxes for the Late Fall Report to the Membership that was sent out on Monday! This report is available to all members in good standing.

Spotlight On...

Charlotte Lavigne
CHHA National

CHHA National would like to recognize the late Charlotte Lavigne for her significant financial contributions to CHHA. Charlotte was a resident of Southern Ontario and was a public advocate in Hamilton regarding issues such as zoning and bylaws as well as a community advocate in Hamilton regarding council on aging. In 2002, Charlotte won the CHHA Presidents Club Award. Charlotte’s financial contributions have been extremely beneficial for CHHA. Thank you!


Text with 9-1-1 Awareness Day #T911
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

What: A day to inform members of Canada’s Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired (DHHSI) community about the benefits of Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service and encourage members of the community to register for the service.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Why: Text with 9-1-1 is now available to the vast majority of Canadians, including in many parts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and province wide in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan. The Awareness Day is also an opportunity to observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2016.

Who: Public safety agencies, wireless service providers,  the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, regional and national deaf and hard of hearing support and advocacy organizations, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and municipal, provincial and federal governments.

How: All stakeholders are encouraged to engage with media and the DHHSI community, especially via social media using the hashtag #T911, as well as press releases, newsletters, Web articles and blog posts. The goal is to direct members of the community to the T9-1-1 Web site – The site is the definitive resource for all T9-1-1 information, including registration details and areas of service availability.

Media and Stakeholder Information:
Marc Choma, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) 613-233-4888 ext. 207,

Petition E-503 to change the Disability Act of the Govt of Canada

This is a time sensitive petition, deadline of November 30, 2016, in which the petitioners are asking for an amendment to the Income Tax Act to change the requirements for a person with a hearing loss to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit, citing that
  • 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 tax credit.
If you feel that this is a reasonable amendment and wish to sign the petition, you can do so on an individual basis.  Note that the petition is electronic only, and only online "signatures" are accepted.  You can also see how much support there is for the petition by geographic area.  Take a look at the link below for more information.
Advocacy Submissions
If you have any Advocacy news that you think would be of interest to I Listen readers, please email with the details!

CBC Media Centre

CBC today announced plans to expand its ongoing efforts to make radio content accessible to an estimated 1 to 3 million* Canadians who are otherwise unable to listen. This expansion includes daily transcripts of CBC Radio One’s As It Happens, and the design and development of a new audio player tool.

In February 2016, with the help of a grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (BAF), CBC launched a pilot project to make text transcripts of CBC Radio One’s The Current available to the public on a daily basis, and to film, edit and post one American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted radio documentary from the program on each month. Unprecedented in Canadian media and a first for CBC Radio, the initiative has made public radio accessible to millions across the country who are deaf or hard of hearing. Since the project’s launch, The Current’s transcripts have been viewed more than 100,000 times.

"As the public broadcaster, CBC exists to serve all Canadians. They want us to be where they are, on their terms, and we take that responsibility very seriously every day,” said Susan Marjetti, executive director, CBC Radio & Audio English Services. “By expanding on what has been a very successful and innovative initiative, CBC is strengthening its commitment to make vital, distinctly Canadian programming more accessible to all.”

The New Voices in My Head
Hearing Health Matters

Technology can be life-changing – and weird.  Guest writer David Drake, who last year wrote about upholding the family hearing aid tradition, shares his experiences with a new hearing aid/cellphone combination.

This past year, I started hearing some new voices in my head when I’m on the phone.

My new set of hearing aids connect directly and wirelessly to my iPhone, without the use of a separate streamer around my neck. They are great; I can answer and initiate calls easily, adjust my hearing aids from my iPad screen, and so on. The sound that used to come from a telecoil in one ear has been replaced with binaural Bluetooth speakers (aka my hearing aids) that deliver rich, comprehensible voices.

The new technology does cause some funny experiences, especially if I’m in a face-to-face conversation when I happen to get a phone call.  Suddenly there’s a telephone ringing urgently in both ears—which to me is as clear as day but of course unheard by anyone else. Let me say, it’s very hard to carry on a conversation when there’s a telephone ringing in both ears!  

The person with whom I’ve been talking suddenly sees me adopt a strange, distracted, middle-distance facial expression, one that is normally associated with a three-month old having an exultant experience in his Huggie. No matter how hard I try to keep a professional face, I know that I’ve got that expression, only without the smile.

Ava gives the deaf and hard-of-hearing a more present voice in group conversations
Tech Crunch

For those with hearing issues, simple dinner table group conversations can be pretty painful to stay on top of.
Ava is aiming to bring deaf and hard-of-hearing people back into group conversations with their threaded speech-to-text application that gives people with hearing issues an easy way to stay on top of a conversation.
The app, formerly known as Transcence, starts with each participant in a conversation downloading the app and setting up a profile. This may seem like a bit of work to get a casual chat going but especially for families or groups of friends, it’s a really simple way to bring everyone into a conversation regardless of their specific hearing abilities.

Savings for/by Persons with Disabilities
Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), a department of the Government of Canada, has hired R.A. Malatest & Associates, a Canadian research company, to conduct a survey to discuss how persons with disabilities save for the future. The survey is voluntary and your identity will not be shared.

A nation-wide survey is being conducted from October 24 to December 10, 2016 to discuss savings for persons with disabilities.

Call Malatest at 1-855-412-1942 to have your voice heard. For TTY services, dial 711 first. You can complete the survey online or by phone.

Your responses will help enhance long-term savings for persons with disabilities.

For more information, contact:
Kate Black from Malatest at
or call 1-800-665-5848 ext 309, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Monday - Friday.
Industry Event Submissions
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!
Webinar Annoucement
CHHA National

CHHA to announce new project in first ever WEBINAR! Save the date and take part in the conversation.

Thursday, December 15th – 12 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

For more information contact Christianne Scholfield – |
Tenue d’un webinaire
AMEC introduit un nouveau projet et lance son premier WEBINAIRE! Sauvez la date et participez à la conversation!
Jeudi, le 15 décembre – 12h (heure normale de l’est)

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Christianne Scholfield – |

CHHA’s Online Scholarship Application deadline is March 3, 2017!
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



CHHA Hamilton December Newsletter
CHHA Hamilton

Read the latest issue of CHHA Hamilton 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

The Hidden Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss
CHHA Hamilton

Join CHHA Hamilton for “The Hidden Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss”
Speaker: Audiologist, Jillian Price

Thursday, December 1st, 7 – 9 pm
South Gate Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton L9A 3A5

Members:  no charge, Guests:  $5.

To Register:
Take the Hearing Loss Challenge!

Challenge Your Friends, Family & Co-Workers!

On Friday, December 2, 2016 take the HEARING LOSS CHALLENGE to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).

CHHA-NL Christmas Breakfast

CHHA-NL Christmas Breakfast
December 10
10 AM-12 PM

$10 Per Person – Tickets must be purchased in advance

Housing Homelessness Network
77 Charter Avenue, St. John’s

RSVP by December 2:
“Hear by the Sea”, 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National
Conference Venue:
Mary Winspear Centre
Sidney, BC
The scenic town of Sidney by the Sea on Vancouver Island in British Columbia will host CHHA members during the 2017 CHHA Conference “Hear by the Sea”. It will be held from May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre.

You can look forward to a Trade Fair, Keynote Speaker-Dr. Marshall Chasin, Plenary Speaker-Dr. Douglas Beck, Workshops, AGM, Town Hall, Banquet Dinner and special post-banquet performance of "I'm Hearing as Hard as I Can!", A Show about Living with Hearing Loss by Gael Hannan with musical guests.

All events will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre, with CHHA member-friendly priced hotels just moments away. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rates!

** Register for 2017 Conference by December 31, 2016 and be entered to win a Sennheiser Headset! **

Conference Information Newsletter
Social Evening Survey
Call for Event Submissions
If you would like to see your Branch or Chapters Meetings/Events listed here, please email with the event details!
Text-based 911 now available for the deaf and hard of hearing
Saskatoon Star Phoenix


Saskatchewan people with hearing problems will now be able to communicate with 911 operators by text.

It’s a “fantastic” first step, said Nairn Gillies, executive director of Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

Text With 911, announced by the provincial government in a news release on Thursday, will allow people with hearing disabilities to add their phones to a new registry. If a phone on the list calls 911, the operator will start a text conversation with the caller.

“Anything that the government can do to help eliminate barriers for people with disabilities is on the right track,” Gillies said.

However, hearing impaired people also face barriers in the ambulance, at the emergency room and when communicating with doctors, he noted.

Family members and close friends can also register in case the hearing disabled person needs to use their phone in an emergency.

Anyone wishing to register can call their wireless provider or go to

Oticon Opn : une aide auditive qui se connecte à Internet
Objet Connecte

Oticon Opn : la prothèse auditive 2.0

Ainsi, Oticon, grâce aux progrès effectués dans le domaine des aides auditives, va permettre aux malentendants d’être plus intégrés socialement en leur permettant de profiter à 100% du monde qui les entoure. Si auparavant les prothèses auditives ne se concentraient que sur un seul point d’écoute, les Oticon Opn permettent à son porteur de focaliser son attention là où il le souhaite. Cette technologie évite en outre une fatigue accrue du cerveau qui entraine avec le temps l’apparition précoce de troubles cognitifs.

Selon les tests effectués, les personnes malentendantes équipées de ces prothèses Opn se souviennent plus facilement des conversations tout en réduisant l’effort d’écoute d’environ 20%.

Épargne pour/par les personnes handicapées
Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC)

Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC), un ministère du gouvernement du Canada, a retenu les services de R.A. Malatest & Associates, une société canadienne de recherche, pour mener une enquête afin d’étudier les façons dont les personnes handicapées épargnent pour l'avenir. La participation à l'enquête est volontaire et votre identité ne sera pas dévoilée.

Une enquête à l'échelle nationale est menée du 24 octobre au 10 décembre pour discuter de l’épargne pour les personnes handicapées.
Appelez Malatest au 1-855-412-1942 pour faire entendre votre voix. Pour ATS, composez le 711 premier. Vous pouvez répondre aux questions en ligne ou par téléphone.
Vos réponses aideront les personnes handicapées à améliorer l'épargne à long terme.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communi-quez avec :
Carmelle Goldberg de Malatest, à
ou composez le 1-888-689-1847, poste 103, de 8 h 30 à 17 h (HAE), du lundi au vendredi.

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