I Listen Newsletter - Bulletin J'écoute
Message from the
Chair of the National Board of Directors


November has arrived and it has been a month with many changes; the weather is cooler, snow has hit many parts of the country, and we have a newly elected government that will certainly bring about change. 

Recently, the National Board of Directors had a two-day meeting in Ottawa with a primary focus on CHHA’s 2020-2023 strategic plan. We are excited that we will be soon able to share this plan with you and implement it across our organization. We also had a board meeting and are pleased with the progress that is being made to date with CHHA. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the board of directors for their commitment and would like to recognize Jon Wollaston, who stepped down as Treasurer and director of the board effective immediately, for his work as a board member.

We are inspired by what our Networks across the country are able to do in our communities to ensure that people with hearing loss are without barriers. Recently, our CHHA Newfoundland & Labrador Network launched its online speech reading program, and our CHHA Calgary Network was able to work with the Canadian Football League to ensure that the 107 th Grey Cup Festival is fully accessible for people living with hearing loss by offering captions at the game in the stadium. 

At this time, we would also like to congratulate one of our dedicated members, board of directors and past President, Colin Cantlie, for receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteering. This is a very prestigious honour and I am very proud that all the important work Colin has done for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association has been recognized. Congratulations Colin!
I hope you enjoy this issue of iListen!

Marilyn J. Kingdon
Chair, Board of Directors
First is Black Friday then Cyber Monday and the Most Important Day is Giving Tuesday
GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday in the United States. It is the “Opening day of the giving season.” It is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.

In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

This year the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association will be kicking off its donor drive season on December 3, 2019. Watch your email for GivingTuesday information and join the world wide movement of charitable giving.  
Practice Speech Reading and Lip Reading from the Comfort of Home
Struggling to hear conversations in background noise or missing words in conversation is a challenge many of us face on a daily basis. Communication means feeling connected. When we can see what's being said, we feel a part of what's happening.

You may already be familiar with SPEECH READING, a skill that can be very useful for those with hearing loss. Speech reading includes:

  • learning to identify and watching for important movements of the mouth (lips, jaws, teeth, tongue).  
  • Interpretation of facial expressions. 
  • Interpretation of body language. 
  • Gathering clues provided by context. 
  • The ability to infer or fill in parts of sentences that cannot be understood (or are unclear). 
  • Understanding your own hearing challenges and communication needs. 

To learn more about Read Our Lips or to try a free preview of the course visit www.readourlips.ca
Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Colin and Marilyn Cantlie with Her Honour The Hon. Lois E. Mitchell Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association would like to extend a whole-hearted congratulations to Past President Colin J.S. Cantlie for the most deserving honour of receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on Thursday October 31, 2019 at a private ceremony at the McDougall Center in Calgary Alberta.

Her Honour, The Hon. Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Colin. 

The citation read at the presentation said: "For many decades, Colin Cantlie has helped improve the lives of people with hearing impairments. Through this leadership of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and his consultations with the public and private sectors, he has shaped policies and measure that have enhanced accessibility for thousands of Canadians."
Mobile Captioning at the Grey Cup Builds Accessibility and Inclusion
Calgary Branch (CHHA-C) is excited to sponsor mobile captioning at the 107 th Grey Cup presented by Shaw to enable fans with hearing loss to access in-the-bowl commentary.

“This is an exciting step forward so fans with hearing loss get the full game experience at the 2019 Grey Cup,” notes Sheila Serup, CHHA-Calgary president. “Mobile captioning builds accessibility and inclusion for all CFL fans.”

Austin Shaw, Manager, Game Presentation and Events, Calgary Stampeders said: “We’re pushing hard to include mobile captioning in every aspect of the game – including the live music portions during the pregame and the halftime shows and post-game trophy presentation. We are aiming to make this an awesome experience for all fans.
How it works
  • The mobile captioning will be available on fans’ mobile devices via Streamtext.

  • The link will be on GreyCupFestival.ca and captioning will commence at the start of pre-game events on Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 and will cover all pre-game events, the game, the half show, all announcements, all contests, interviews and trophy presentations.
Young Adults Network Corner
SpeakSee device and a Q& A with co-founder Jari Hazelebach

By Keegan Noxell

SpeakSee is an assistive technology device that looks to transcribe speech to text in real time.

It has been gaining traction in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community following a very successful Indiegogo campaign. Read more about how it works and the benefits...
2020 Scholarship Committee

Do you want to help students who live with hearing loss?
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) offers four scholarships each year to students living with hearing loss to help offset the cost of their education and accommodation needs. We are excited to announce we are recruiting an additional volunteer to sit on this selection committee. 
If you are someone who wants to help students who have a hearing loss and are interested in education, community involvement and accessibility – you could make a valuable contribution to our program. 
Please contact us at scholarship@chha.ca to inquire about the Scholarship Committee, their role or to volunteer for this position.
IFHOH World Congress 2020
Are you ready for a congress without barriers?

IFHOH Congress in Budapest 27-28-29 May 2020
The theme of the Congress is “ World without barriers”
IFHOH and Hungarian Association of the deaf and hard of hearing (SINOSZ) invite you to attend the 11th IFHOH World Congress in Budapest , from May 27-29th, 2020, Hungary.

The keynote speakers are: 
  • Shelly Chadha, medical officer of WHO
  • Laszlo Lovaszy, Ph.D., expert, advisor and commissioner for strategic research.           

For more information link to congress
In The News...
Even mild hearing loss as a child can have long-term effects on how the brain processes sound

When we are born, our brains have a lot to learn. For the newborn baby, everything they learn about the world around them comes from their senses. Therefore, if a child's brain is deprived of sensory information, it will continue to develop, but in a different way.

A good example of this comes from children who are born deaf. Research has shown that adults who have been deaf since birth show changes in the way their brains process sensory information..........
A new look at how the brain processes sound could radically improve hearing aids

Though formal cocktail parties are rare these days, the "cocktail party problem" is still very much on scientists' minds.

Audiologist and neuroscientists have puzzled over the brain's ability to navigate crowded rooms for decades. Even when dozens of people are talking over each other, the brain is able to focus on a single speaker, instantaneously and effortlessly. It'd be a great design feature for a hearing aid- if only we could figure out how the brain actually does it.........

Can't hear your dinner date? How noisy restaurants may be harming your health

Nick Politi readily admits his restaurant is noisy. His customers think so, too.

Complaints about noise levels at Nico Taverna in Windsor Ont., started when Politi moved to a bigger space down the street from his original location with more seating, high ceilings and an open kitchen. 
"It was too loud," said Nancy Sulji who was sitting at a large table with six others one Friday evening in September, celebrating a friend's birthday. "I was screaming to talk to the rest of the table."
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