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Welcome to I Listen! I Listen is 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 de 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.
                                                                            March 8 | Issue Number 13
Message from Executive Director

March Madness has hit CHHA National!  We’re busy.
  • World Hearing Health Day was recognized on March 3 with social media coverage.
  • The Sidney Conference "Hear by the Sea" in May is really gaining momentum. There are so many excellent speakers to learn from. The anticipated reunions with good friends is what makes CHHA who we are.
  • The Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities project is wrapping up Year One activities with the Year One report to government due by mid-March. Plans for Year Two begin before the end of the month.
  • The next issue of the Member Report will be circulated by mid-March. You will learn more about the conference and the Spotlight project in this edition.
  • Still waiting to hear if we were successful in receiving funds for another SDPP project. We will let you know as soon as we do.
  • We are grateful for the opportunity to submit a Letter of Intent to the next round of Broadcast Accessibility funds.
  • The next Listen/Écoute magazine is planned for late spring, providing even more news.
  • And, we are in the midst of budget preparation and audit season.
- Glenn Martin, National Executive Director

Register for 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea"! Early Bird Registration Deadline EXTENDED until March 9!
CHHA National

The scenic town of Sidney by the Sea (just outside of Victoria, 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 Keynote Speaker-Dr. Marshall Chasin (Hearing Loss: Getting the music back), Plenary Speakers-Dr. Douglas Beck (Issues in Tinnitus for Consumers) and Kathy Pichora-Fuller & Paul Mick (News for CHHA members about the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging), Exciting Workshops by Jo-Ann Bentley (Be Prepared and Sleep Easier with Fire Safety Technology: Learn about the latest technology available for fire safety in your home), Dean Olson & Michael Currie (Succeeding in the workplace), Tim Archer & Mike Shaw (Recent Developments in Assistive Listening), Anne Griffin & Myrtle Barrett (CHHA and Audiologists: Can we increase effectiveness by working together?), Karen MacLennan & Richard McKinley (Hearing Access: A review of hearing loops, FM/IR systems technology), Jo(anne) DeLuzio & Elissa Robb (Beyond the sound booth: exploring frontiers in audiology), "Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities"Panel Discussion Breakfast (Pre-registration required), 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. You may also park your RV at the Mary Winspear Centre (pre-registration required).

English Speechreading Instructor Training Course offered August 2017
CHHA National

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those who live with hearing loss in your community? Do you have prior teaching experience, or experience working with those who have a hearing loss?

Take advantage of this FREE course - travel subsidies are available to those who qualify!

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is pleased to offer an English Level 1 speechreading instructor training course in Ottawa, Ontario from August 9th to 13th 2017, as a benefit to CHHA’s Chapters, Branches and membership.

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Retreat
CHHA Young Adults Network (YAN)

Apply NOW for the 4th YAN leadership retreat from May 24th - 27th, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, British Columbia!
The leadership retreat will take place from the evening of Wednesday, May 24th to the evening of Thursday, May 25th, followed by the CHHA National conference from May 25th - 27th.
More details about the retreat workshops will be available soon. 
CART will be provided at the leadership retreat, and the YAN Board is exploring the possibility of booking ASL interpreters for the retreat as well.
Hotel accommodations (double occupancy), retreat costs, and one group dinner out will be covered for the duration of the retreat and CHHA National conference. 
Participants are also expected to attend the CHHA National conference from May 25th – 27th. Conference registration fees will be covered by youth initiative funding provided by CHHA National, and the participants will also receive a one-year membership to CHHA National!
A travel subsidy is available from CHHA Vancouver for applicants from British Columbia. There will be up to 5 grants for a maximum of $250 each. Please contact Rosalind Ho, CHHA YAN President, at if you would like to be considered for one of the travel subsidies.
The requirements of the travel subsidies are:
  • Participants must be from BC with priority given to those from the Lower Mainland
  • Participants must be youth identify with the hard of hearing/deafened
  • Priority is given to NEW participants who have not previously been funded for past sessions
  • Participants must become members of CHHA Vancouver Branch and pay the $10 membership fee before being awarded the grant
  • Participants must do a 500 word writeup of their experience and be prepared to present a CHHA Vancouver meeting
Please send your applications to Hart Plommer, who is the YAN leadership retreat chairperson, at by April 1, 2017. We have only 20 spots available, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have any questions, please email Hart at or Rosalind at
CHHA Parents' Branch Newsletter
CHHA Parents' Branch

Read the CHHA Parents' Branch Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
Sudbury Branch Newsletter - Resonance
CHHA Sudbury Branch

Read CHHA Sudbury Branch Newsletter "Resonance" to see what they have been up to!
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Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities - Panel Discussion Breakfast and LIVE webcast at the 2017 CHHA Conference
CHHA National

Join CHHA and Spotlight Partners for a Panel Discussion Breakfast – Live Webcast from the 2017 CHHA conference! Enjoy a complimentary Breakfast and have your say on proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation!

May 26, 7:15 AM-9:15 AM .
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. If you will be attending the conference and would like to register for the panel discussion breakfast, please click HERE.

If you will NOT be attending the conference, but would like to watch and participate in the LIVE webcast, click HERE.
Questions? Contact Christianne Scholfield, Project Manager – Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities –
Hearing aids love the hearing loop
Hamilton Mountain News

When a person’s hearing loss is severe

enough, it is time for hearing aids ... but even that will not give you perfect hearing.

A person with normal hearing may have difficulty in various noisy venues, so, you can imagine what it’s like for a person with hearing loss.

It creates a real challenge — until now.

There is something called a hearing loop that is amazingly helpful for people wearing hearing aids.

CHHA Hamilton – Lip Reading Classes
CHHA Hamilton

Starting March 6th,
7 – 9 pm
Bethel Christian Reformed Church
Kerns Rd. at Highway #5, Waterdown/North Burlington

You may register online or by mailing a cheque to: CHHA-Hamilton

Your one time payment of $50 provides you with: 10 weekly classes, your paperwork, the latest information on assistive listening devices and speakers.

CHHA Hamilton - Lip Reading Classes
CHHA Hamilton

How often do you struggle to understand conversation?

STARTING MARCH 8th, 2017 - Lip Reading Classes

You may register online ( or by mailing a cheque to: CHHA-Hamilton

Time: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: The South Gate Church, 120 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton

Seating is limited, reserve your spot soon!


Leap 2017 includes a variety of fun learning experiences, including:
  • Leadership Skills
  • Speechreading
  • Public Speaking
  • Make New Friends & Have Fun!
  • Mentorship & Work Experience Opportunities
Want to know more about the LEAP! program and experience? Read about the program here

8 weeks on Thursdays

March 23, 30 | April 6, 13, 27 | May 4, 11, 18
6:00 – 7:30 pm (supper & snacks provided)

This program is FREE to attend

For more information, contact our program facilitator Brittany Hiscock or (709) 753-3224
Speechreading Level 1 Spring 2017 classes (morning or evening option) begin on Tuesday, March 21 and run for 8 weeks.

• Classes are fun, informal and are taught by a trained Speechreading Instructor.
• Class size is limited to 12-14 people.
• We have a fully hearing accessible building.
• Class participants represent a wide variety of ages.
• Family members are welcome and encouraged to register and attend.
• Class participants have an opportunity to meet others  – our class break is always a social activity!

Questions? Contact Alison Butler, Coordinator of Education and Awareness
Phone: (709) 753-3224 ext: 230 or E-mail:
2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea"
CHHA National

Mary Winspear Centre - Sidney, BC
May 25-27, 2017
Register Now!

For more information on the 2017 CHHA Conference "Hear by the Sea" visit

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35 Communication Tips to celebrate CHHA's 35th Anniversary!
3. Noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, but it is preventable. Minimize your exposure to noise over 85 decibels or more, and wear hearing protection if you know you will be exposed to high noise levels for a prolonged period.
CUPE rejects Canadian Hearing Society’s proposal, impacting Deaf and hard of hearing clients
Canadian Hearing Society

March 5, 2017, Toronto, ON - The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has been working diligently, since January 12, 2017 and through this weekend, to achieve a collective agreement with CUPE 2073, the local representing CHS’s unionized employees. This evening, talks broke down when CUPE 2073 walked out of negotiations and declared a strike across the province starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017.

CHS’s goal is to achieve a collective agreement that is sustainable and ensures a financially responsible and accountable organization.
New test uncovers early hidden hearing loss
Healthy Hearing

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have developed a new test to identify a specific, potential manifestation of hidden hearing loss in individuals whose standard hearing evaluations reveal normal or close to normal findings. The test, which may one day help hearing healthcare professionals identify early stages of hearing loss, detects deficits in the binaural auditory processing system, a complex system involving both ears and the brain in locating sounds and navigating noisy environments.

This outcome is the first in a series of a larger project focusing on binaural hearing conducted by Leslie R. Bernstein, professor of neuroscience and surgery and Constantine Trahiotis, emeritus professor of neuroscience and surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The two researchers have been colleagues for nearly 40 years and are considered leaders in the field of binaural auditory research. The results of their study were published in the November 2016 online issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
New Hearing Assistance System at The Gladstone
The Gladstone Theatre (Ottawa)

Hard of hearing theatre fans will be in for an aural treat the next time they take in a show at The Gladstone Theatre. A new wireless assistive listening system from Williams Sound for hard of hearing patrons as been installed at The Gladstone. 

The FM transmitter system is compatible with an brand of hearing aid that has a tele-coil setting. Patrons without hearing aids may use a headset, earbuds or bring their own headphones to plug into the small wireless receivers. 

It all was made possible thanks to a donation by longtime theatre patrons Harvey and Louise Glatt, who have in the past made similar donations to the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre to upgrade their respective assistive listening systems.

"Many people don't come to the theatre, because they think they won't be able to hear," said Mr. Glatt. "But this might open it up for a lot of people to come back and give it a shot." 

The Gladstone now has eight units to assist patrons who are hard of hearing, available right now for the current production of Phantom of the Opry, and beyond!
Stem Cell Therapy Could Reverse Hearing Loss

Humans have about 15,000 inner ear-hair cells, each one picking up sound vibrations, converting them to electric signals and sending them to the brain for processing.
Over time, loud noise, medications and old age combine to kill these cells — and their microscopic hairs called stereocilia — which leads to hearing loss. Unlike other animals, however, humans and mammals can't regrow them. But a group of scientists based in Boston say they've figured out a way to switch on the body's cellular factories and possibly reverse hearing loss.
POW Hearing Solutions Presents - Silent Movie Night
POW Hearing Solutions and Reel Canada Present

POW Hearing Solutions and Reel Canada Present, a National Canadian Film Day 150 event in honor of Canada's 150th Birthday, and in support of Making Life Hearing Friendly.™ Silent Movie Night, presenting:
Still Mine (2013, Rated PG 13)

Come see how hearing accessibility happens - with video captioning, WiFi audio streaming, and FM devices. Bid on amazing listening devices at our Silent Auction, and learn how your business can access funding to support a Hearing Friendly workplace.

Pay What You Can - Suggested amount: $10.
Toronto lawyer demands more in-flight movies for deaf people
Metro News
Toronto lawyer Joe Sussman says he is waiting on a satisfactory response to a complaint lodged on Air Canada's Facebook page. If one doesn't come, he might go to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Forget about flying first class — Joe Sussman still feels like a second-class citizen on airplanes.

The Toronto lawyer, who was born deaf, has been demanding Air Canada improve closed captioning on in-flight movies for more than four years.

“It’s insulting,” he said. “People with disabilities are being deprived of a service that should be given to everyone equally.”

His most recent complaint was sparked by a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica earlier this month on Air Canada’s low-cost carrier, Rouge.

Sussman, 32, who regained some hearing at 13 thanks to cochlear implants, took the trip in part to rejuvenate after complications derailed a recent operation to replace the aging implants.

Completely deaf again for the first time in almost 20 years, Sussman shuffled through the movie and TV shows on the airline’s free app, installed on his iPad. After trying more than a dozen, he gave up when none came equipped with closed captioning or subtitles.

Changing Cochleas – Part 1: “Why a CI?”
Hearing Health Matters

It was time. On January 12, 2017, I received my cochlear implant (CI) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. This was a huge step—one I had never expected to take in my lifelong pursuit of better communication.  

This article is the first in a series called “Changing Cochleas”. The series starts with my decision to have a cochlear implant and continues with the surgery experience and through the rehabilitation process.  
As a writer about hearing loss, the brand of my hearing aids has seldom been relevant to my writing. But unlike hearing aid manufacturers, cochlear implant organizations not only produce the technology but also play an important role in helping recipients successfully adjust to the implant. So, the story of my CI experience is also about the brand I chose, Cochlear. I know many people who have happily and successfully chosen to be implanted with other brands of CI technology.
Participants needed for research on Disability and Teaching in Higher Education

A postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa is looking for individuals to participate in a study on the experience of teaching and working in an academic capacity within the university environment.
Title of Project: Bridging Disability Barriers in Teaching: Communicating and Implementing Accessible Policies and Practices in Higher Education
Researcher: Dr. Natasha Saltes (SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow). Dr. Saltes has an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and completed her PhD in Sociology from Queen's University where she researched disability and mobile technology in the context of access, inclusion and equality.
This study examines the experiences that people, who identify as disabled, have teaching and working within the university environment. This study explores issues of access, accommodation and equality within the academic environment.
The best listening skills won’t help your untreated hearing loss
Healthy Hearing

“Listen once in awhile. It’s amazing what you can hear.”  - Anonymous
It’s been said that listening and hearing are two different senses -- listening is a voluntary act while hearing is an involuntary process.
Yet if you’re one of the millions of Americans whose sense of hearing has been damaged, your ability to listen can be profoundly affected, no matter how hard you try.
Hearing vs. listening
Receptors in the cochlea, where tiny hair cells busily translate pitches and frequencies into electrical impulses. From there these impulses travel along the auditory nerve to the brain where they are interpreted as recognizable sound.
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