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Welcome to I Listen... / Bienvenue à j'écoute...
Welcome to I Listen! I Listen is a monthly e-newsletter delivered to your inbox monthly. 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 J'écoute! J'écoute est un bulletin électronique mensuel livré à votre boîte de réception, à chaque mois. 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, un organisme à but non lucratif, est la voix nationale des Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive.
                                                             December 13, 2017 | Issue Number 22

Seasons Greetings
from all of us at CHHA National
Myrtle Barrett

Sometimes gifts come at unexpected moments and not in fancy wrapping. CHHA, was and will always be one of the best gifts in my life. It came along when I needed it and has stayed a part of my life for almost 35 years. As I reflect on this I wish that all hard of hearing people could share the experience of CHHA. I would like to take a few minutes amongst the wrapping paper and toys for my little nieces and nephews to share my story and the gift that keeps me going!

It was a beautiful summer morning and I awoke to the sound of a bird singing. I listened to my favorite music and took extra time with my hair and make –up. I searched the closet for my favorite out-fit and feeling really good about myself, I headed off to work. I walked into the office and gave my usual morning smile. One of my co workers said “WOW you look like you are expecting something wonderful to happen today.” Jokingly, I replied “Oh yes, I am expecting one of those life shattering moments that will change my life forever.” At the end of the day I was deaf. So began my journey as a person with profound hearing loss.

I thought my life was over and it was or at least the life I knew. Then began the screaming and the tears and the frequent “WHAT HAPPENS TO ME NOW?!” I felt like I was rock bottom and gradually told myself there was nowhere to go but up, so I might as well give it a try. I had to come to terms with the fact that no one was going to make this go away and I was in charge of my own destiny. I had to accept that my hearing loss was a part of me and did not define me. It was a long climb back up as I struggled with anger and denial. I really was my own worst enemy. I missed the conversations, the laughter and the sounds around me. I missed my music. I missed ME.

My family, friends and co-workers were at loss as to what to say or do. I felt alone and helpless and I was so fearful my of hearing loss because I felt like I was losing my identity. I was losing ME. I had a hard time voicing the word hearing loss because once I said it out loud it would become a reality.

Then my audiologist told me about a Conference in Toronto. It was the first meeting of what we now call the CANADIAN HARD OF HEARING ASSOCIATION. Another life shattering moment that changed my life forever. It was there that I observed people like Charles Laszlo, Marilyn Dahl and Ruth Warick in action. I remember watching them and thinking “Oh my god, what do they have to be happy about? They have hearing loss!” Over the course of that weekend I watched, went to workshops, listened to plenary speakers, learned about accessibility, but most of all I looked into people’s eyes and saw what I was feeling. I no longer felt alone. No more need to make excuses. No more need to feel inferior. The people at that Conference were living my life but they were living it better. I found a way out of rock bottom.

I went home determined to learn to cope with hearing loss and believe me it was not easy, but it was worth it. I saved ME and I was a stronger and more confident MYRTLE than ever.

I’m not sure if it is a case of CHHA finding me, or me finding CHHA, but here I AM thirty five years later. I can honestly say that I always meet old versions of ME at CHHA. I see it in their eyes and I reach out. Like I did so many years ago that person goes home EMPOWERED. ALL BECAUSE OF CHHA. There is power in numbers and the support one can get from a group of hard of hearing advocates is amazing.

0n behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at CHHA National I send you greetings for a happy, and peaceful holiday season. May 2018 bring you joy, health and success in your lives, and may we continue to benefit from new research breakthroughs for improved hearing.

Merry Christmas on behalf of your Board of Directors and staff,

Myrtle Barrett
President - CHHA National Board of Directors
president@chha.ca
CHHA NEWS
Young Champions of Inclusion discuss changing hearts and minds on non-visible disabilities. 
CHHA National
“People fear the things they don’t know or don’t understand.”
Panelist
On November 16, a live webcast was held exploring youth and changing attitudes towards people with non-visible disabilities. The webcast featured four youth panellists representing a broad spectrum of youth with non-visible disabilities. Among the 150 registrants across the country and the United States, many engaging with the panellists and putting forward ideas on how to change attitudes and shift Canadian culture towards a culture of acceptance and understanding.

The complexity of disabilities, as well as the need to both recognise individual needs and ensure broad accessibility, was a central part of the conversation. Much of the dialogue returned to the need for individuals to self-advocate while also promoting a culture of understanding within educational institutions and the workplace.
If you missed the discussion, you can watch the taped webcast here.
To learn more about the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities project visit www.chha.ca.

Ryan Williams, Moderator
Ainsley Latour, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Michaela Burton, National Educational Association for Disabled Students
Brittany Johnson, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Martin Bauman, Canadian Mental Health Association

 
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Are you a post-secondary student who lives with hearing loss?
Apply for the CHHA Scholarships for financial assistance!
CHHA National

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to offer financial assistance to students who live with hearing loss. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you have until March 31, 2018 to apply to any of CHHA’s three scholarships:

Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
The Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004 by the Algar family in memory of their father who was one of the founding members of CHHA and provided outstanding service for many years to the work of the association at the National, Chapter and Branch levels.  He received numerous awards on behalf of his advocacy for the hard of hearing and people with disabilities, including the Marilyn Dahl Award of Merit in 2002 and the President’s Award in 1996.

The Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship ($1,000)
This scholarship was created in 2007 by Dr. Doreen Laszlo to honour the commitment and work of her husband on behalf of hard of hearing people. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo was the founding President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and served on its Executive and Board of Directors in various capacities for 16 years. He also served as President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. Dr. Laszlo also served a six-year term as the President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation.
This scholarship is awarded to hard of hearing students who have shown both academic achievements in their post-graduate program and commitment to work on behalf of other hard of hearing people.

Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
This new scholarship is being offered by the North Shore Branch in memory of Carrell Hearn a resident of West Vancouver, BC who passed away in 2014 at the age of 105. Carrell was a long-time member and generous supporter of the CHHA North Shore Branch as well as a number of other local North Shore charities.

If you are a post secondary student who lives with hearing loss, you can apply for any of the CHHA Scholarships. To confirm if you meet the criteria to apply, please click on Scholarship program eligibility.
The 2018 scholarship application form is now available online, with a deadline of March 31, 2018 at 3 pm (EST). Please click here to access the application or here for more information on the other scholarships offered by CHHA.

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Êtes vous un étudiant postsecondaire ayant des troubles d’audition?
Posez votre candidature au programme de bourses d’études de l’Association des malentendants canadiens pour obtenir une aide financière!

Bureau Nationale de l'AMEC
L’Association des malentendants canadiens (AMEC) est heureuse d’offrir une aide financière aux étudiants malentendants. Si vous répondez aux critères d’admissibilité, vous avez jusqu’au 31 mars 2018 pour poser votre candidature pour l’une ou l’autre des trois bourses d’études offertes par l’AMEC :
 
La bourse d’études commémorative Frank Algar (1 000 $)
La bourse d’études commémorative Frank Algar a été créée en 2004 par les membres de la famille Algar, à la mémoire de leur père, qui était un des membres fondateurs de l’AMEC et qui a éminemment contribué, pendant de nombreuses années, au travail de l’Association à l’échelle du réseau national, des chapitres et des secteurs. Il a reçu de nombreux prix pour son travail de défense des droits des personnes malentendantes et handicapées, notamment le Prix du mérite Marilyn Dahl en 2002 et le Prix du président en 1996.
 
La bourse d’études Dr. Charles A. Laszlo (1 000 $)
Cette bourse d’études a été créée en 2007 par Mme Doreen Laszlo pour souligner le dévouement de son mari et le travail qu’il a réalisé au nom des personnes malentendantes. M. Charles A. Laszlo, président fondateur de l’AMEC, a exercé diverses fonctions au sein de l’organisation pendant 16 ans, en tant que dirigeant et que membre du conseil d’administration. Il a également été président de l’International Federation of Hard of Hearing People. M. Laszlo a également occupé pendant 6 ans le poste de président de la Fondation de l’AMEC. Cette bourse d’études est remise à des étudiants malentendants, qui affichent de bons résultats scolaires dans le cadre de leur programme d’études supérieures et qui démontrent un engagement à travailler au nom des autres personnes malentendantes.
 
La bourse d’études commémorative Carrell Hearn (1 000 $)
Cette bourse d’études est offerte par le secteur de North Shore, à la mémoire de Carrell Hearn, une résidente de West Vancouver, en Colombie Britannique, qui est décédée, en 2014, à l’âge de 105 ans. Carrell était un membre de longue date de l’AMEC et soutenait généreusement le secteur de North Shore depuis de nombreuses années, de même que plusieurs autres organismes de bienfaisance locaux de North Shore.
 
Si vous êtes un étudiant postsecondaire ayant des troubles d’audition, vous pouvez poser votre candidature à l’une ou l’autre des bourses d’études de l’AMEC. Pour vérifier si vous répondez aux critères d’admissibilité, veuillez consulter la section « Éligibilité aux bourses ».
 
Le formulaire de demande de bourse d’études 2018 est maintenant disponible en ligne; vous avez jusqu’au 31 mars 2018, à 15 h (HNE), pour poser votre candidature. Veuillez cliquer ici pour accéder au formulaire de demande ou ici pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les autres bourses d’études offertes par l’AMEC.

 
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YOUNG ADULTS CORNER
Seasons Greetings from the Young Adults Network
CHHA YAN
Leanna Rowe
CHHA - Young Adults Network President
Seasons Greetings!

I am pleased to have the opportunity to write the inaugural publication of the Young Adults (YA) Corner which will be featured in the monthly Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) I Listen e-newsletter.  For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Leanna Rowe and I am the President of CHHA – Young Adults Network (YAN). The YAN is a nationwide network of over 100 members of young adults living with hearing loss between the ages 18-35. The YAN strives to educate communities about hearing loss, to provide resources and support to young adults with hearing loss so they can become productive members of society, and to foster connections and active leadership amongst our membership.
 
The year 2017 has been a great year for the YAN. The year kicked off with planning for the annual Leaders of Tomorrow, leadership retreat that was held in conjunction with the CHHA National conference in the picturesque Sidney, British Columbia. The retreat was a success, with over 25 young adults with hearing loss, who travelled from all over Canada to participate in a two-day event comprised of workshops, speakers and activities. As spring turned to summer, the annual YAN Walk2Hear campaign was underway.  A new online fundraising platform was used this year, and the YAN raised $1215.00! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who fundraised, supported and donated to our campaign.  All monies raised go to support YAN initiatives, such as the leadership retreat. 
 
The individuals who work together to create these initiatives and the backbone of the YAN is the Board of Directors, which grew in numbers this year. With the election of three new board members, the YAN Board of Directors comprise of: Leanna Rowe (President), Hart Plommer (Vice President), Jessica Connors (Secretary), Rosalind Ho (Young Adults Representative), Jade Coultman (Director), Tara Mitrovic (Director), Taylor Hallenbeck (Director), Ryan Shartau (Director) and Kelly Anderson (Director).  We are thrilled to welcome new Board members Ryan and Kelly, as well as returning member Rosalind, who also sits on the CHHA National Board of Directors as our representative.
 
There have also been some new and exciting things that have happened this year! The Board has been working hard on developing a website which is now finally complete. You can visit our website at https://chhayanca.wordpress.com for all the YAN activities and updates.  The website is still a work in progress, and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. Additionally, we have our new Young Adults Corner, in the monthly I Listen e-newsletter, which will feature monthly publications that will cover a variety of different topics of interest for young adults with hearing loss. We are looking for people who would be interested in submitting a piece to the Young Adults Corner, so visit our Facebook page or website to get in contact with us if you would like to submit an idea for publication.
 
Looking to the future, I believe that 2018 will be another exciting year for the YAN.  The Board will continue to set our goals high and we are working hard to make the YAN even bigger and better. We are already working on plans to help grow our membership, build a stronger administrative foundation by revamping our bylaws, create new fundraising opportunities, improve our advocacy and awareness about hearing loss and continue to develop and strengthen our relationship with CHHA National.  My Christmas wish for the YAN is to continue to raise awareness about the issues and concerns of hard of hearing young adults in Canada, to enable them to connect with each other, and to provide support for them to be involved within CHHA and to lead a healthy and happy life.

On behalf of myself, and our Board of Directors, we would like to wish you a safe, happy, and prosperous holiday season with family and friends. Here is to looking forward to 2018, to a brighter and better future for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Young Adults Network, and a Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays,
Leanna Rowe
CHHA-Young Adults Network (President)

 
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Des jeunes champions de l'inclusion discutent des changements d’attitudes et d’esprit envers les déficiences non visibles.
Bureau Nationale de l'AMEC
« Les gens ont peur de ce qu'ils ne connaissent pas ou ce qu'ils ne comprennent pas. »
Panéliste
Le 16 novembre, une webdiffusion en direct a été organisée pour explorer et changer les attitudes à l'égard des personnes ayant des déficiences non visibles. La webdiffusion mettait en vedette quatre panélistes représentant des jeunes ayant des déficiences non visibles. Parmi les 150 personnes inscrites provenant du Canada et les États-Unis, beaucoup se sont engagées avec les panélistes et ont avancé des idées sur la façon de changer les attitudes et de faire évoluer la culture canadienne vers une culture d'acceptation et de compréhension.
 
La complexité des déficiences, ainsi que la nécessité de reconnaître les besoins individuels et d'assurer une large accessibilité, ont été au cœur de la conversation. Une grande partie du dialogue est revenue à la nécessité pour les individus de s'auto-défendre tout en promouvant une culture de compréhension au sein des institutions éducatives et au lieu de travail.
 
Si vous avez manqué la webdiffusion, vous pouvez le visionner ici.
 
Si vous désirez avoir plus de renseignements au sujet du Projet pleins feux sur les déficiences invisibles www.chha.ca


Modérateur, Ryan Williams
Association des malentendants canadiens, Ainsley Latour
Association nationale des étudiants au niveau postsecondaire, Michaela Burton
Conseil canadien de la réadaptation et du travail, Brittany Johnson
Association Canadienne pour la santé mentale, Martin Bauman
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Hearing Life's Special Moments
CHHA NL

As Alison and Stu were planning their wedding, they knew that an important part of their celebration was ensuring that Alison’s grandmother (Nan) could hear well throughout the day.

Alison came to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) to borrow a piece of technology that could be used by Nan for better hearing.

Their planned wedding ceremony was taking place outdoors and there was no sound system outside, so together with CHHA-NL’s hearing loss support specialists, Alison and Stu decided to borrow a wireless FM listening system.

The wireless listening system allows the speaker (in this case the wedding officiant) to transmit sound directly from a lapel-worn microphone straight to the listeners’ ears.  Nan wore a receiver with a pair of earbuds to hear the ceremony clearly.  Alison involved her officiant in the process to ensure that he understood how to use the FM system so that everything went smoothly.

“I wanted my grandmother to feel included and realize how much she means to me and to our entire family.  It meant the world to me to have her there and watching her filled with pride and emotion is something I will never forget. She was able to enjoy every moment because she could hear”
On a sunny, breezy Newfoundland day in July, we feel certain that Nan had not only the best seat, but also the best audio in the house for the wedding ceremony and the reception that followed.

Every year, the CHHA-NL invests approximately $10,000 in new and updated technology for the Hearing Assistive Technology lending program.  The program allows anyone in Newfoundland and Labrador to borrow and try technology such as personal amplifiers, telephones, TV listening systems, and alerting systems for FREE to see if it works well for them, prior to purchasing, and to make life’s special and everyday events more hearing accessible.
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CHHA EVENTS
Are you interested in being a speech reading instructor? 
IDHHC

If you have taken speechreading classes, have experience with audiology/speech pathology or Deaf education, you might be well qualified to take this 5-day Speechreading Instructor training to teach Let’s Talk (LT) followed by 3-day training in Let’s Talk Some More (LTSM).  The latter is taught after instructors have taught a class and are interested to teach LTSM. LT instructor training will be offered in the spring of 2018.

This program was developed by experienced hard of hearing speechreading instructors throughout Canada through the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA).  There are many demands by the growing population of hard of hearing adults and seniors for programs to learn more about hearing loss and how to cope with it.   

Leslee Scott is CHHA’s Western “Super Instructor” on Vancouver Island to provide instructional training for this program.  If you are interested in taking this training in the spring of 2018, you may contact her at leslee@idhhc.ca or write to her at 201 – 754 Broughton St Victoria BC V8W 1E1.   For other training locations across Canada, you may contact the CHHA national office chhanational@chha.ca to find other instructors and potential training dates.   

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Speechreading / Lip-Reading Class
CHHA Edmonton Branch

CHHA Edmonton Branch is offering Speechreading / Lip-reading classes on Wednesday afternoons starting Jan 10, 2018. Classes are offered through the North East Edmonton Senior Association (7524-139 Ave, Edmonton, AB.).

These classes are informative and a great way to meet new people.
Speechreading is wonderful for new situations or noisy environments.
Vision and hearing are combined to enhance understanding in all situations
This program includes Speechreading exercises.

Teaches you how to LIVE with your hearing loss and ADAPT to difficult situations with less stress.

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CHHA-BC Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program
CHHA BC Chapter
Living with a hearing loss? Learning to live successfully with hearing challenges can be overwhelming.

Even if you have already received help from a hearing professional, take advantage of a great resource — peer support. It takes one to know one!

Where Can You Find Peer Support?
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association — BC Chapter offers an Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program that connects you with an experienced mentor who can help you reach your goal of better communication.

How Do You Get Started?
Visit the website of the CHHA-BC Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program to learn about our program. There is no fee, it’s confidential and you can participate for as long as you want.
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Special Presentation: Sound Advice
CHHA North Shore Branch
Hearing Loss Workshop—Come and join us for answers to your hearing loss questions!

Presented by Flo Spratt and Hugh Hetherington of the CHHA North Shore Branch.

Monday, February 19, 2017 7:00 pm at the Summerhill 135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver.

Everyone Welcome: Wheelchair and Hearing Accessible.

For information call: 604-926-5222
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CHHA NCR Branch Donor Drive
CHHA NCR Branch
As the winter holidays approach, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their continued support of the CHHA-NCR Branch in Ottawa.

It is because of our members that our work is so fulfilling and the very reason we all volunteer on our local CHHA Board.
This past year has another year full of activity for your Branch; we offered another successful Let’s Talk speechreading and communications strategies course in the early spring of 2017, we participated in the National Conference to ensure that issues our local members wished to bring forward at the Townhall and AGM were represented in May 2017, we continued our advocacy efforts providing information and resources to those who reach out to us via email, and we were thrilled to learn that our Letter of Support for a local member was well received by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival with improved assistive listening devices and a fully transcribed live play offered this past summer! The CHHA-NCR Branch also provided assistive listening devices to the EnviroCentre to ensure that all of their participants could be fully involved in the Transportation Equity Summit that took place late in September 2017, as well as keeping our members up to date and encouraging participation in the National Special Meeting of the Members that took place in October 2017.

While we continue to make progress, and have much to be proud of - there is still more work to be done. As a volunteer run organisation, we are dependent on fundraising to sustain our activities. This year, the CHHA-NCR Branch is holding a Donor Drive through CanadaHelps so that the CHHA-NCR Branch can continue to help those who live with hearing loss in Ottawa.
We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual appeal by making a donation through our CanadaHelps page online. Our fundraising goal is $1,500.00, and we hope that you will be able to contribute. So far, we have raised over $900.00 – a big “Thank you!” to all of the friends of the CHHA-NCR Branch who have stepped up in support of our local Branch so far!

Help us reach our goal by making a donation through visit the CHHA-NCR CanadaHelps page today. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue the work achieved entirely by volunteers.

If you have any questions, please email us at chhancr@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to answer them.
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NEWSLETTERS
Here, Hear!! Newsletter - November 2017
CHHA Hamilton
Here, Hear!! - check out the CHHA Hamilton Branch Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
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Mountain Ear Newsletter - December 2017
CHHA North Shore Branch
Mountain Ear - check out the CHHA North Shore Branch Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
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The Loop Newsletter - December 2017
CHHA BC Chapter
The Loop Newsletter - check out the CHHA BC Chapter Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
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Manitoba Chapter News- December 2017
CHHA Manitoba Chapter
The Manitoba Chapter News - check out the CHHA Manitoba Chapter Newsletter to see what they have been up to!
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tabled in the House of Commons
Government of Canada

We are pleased to inform you that the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, tabled in the House of Commons the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today. To view the new release, please click here.  

The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society.

Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is proud to announce that the Government of Canada tabled in the House of Commons the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Optional Protocol). The Optional Protocol would allow individuals in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) have been violated.

The Convention protects and promotes the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities without discrimination and on an equal basis with others. In 2010, Canada became a Party to the Convention and committed to promoting, protecting and ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.

Accession to the Optional Protocol would provide added protection by allowing the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints against Canada. The Committee is a specialised committee with expertise in disability issues.

In December 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it had begun the process toward possible accession to the Optional Protocol. Consultations were launched with provincial and territorial governments, who play an important role in Canada’s accession, as well as Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations, and civil society. The Government of Canada thanks all those that contributed to this process for their invaluable input.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on December 3. This is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the progress we’ve made in making Canada an accessible and inclusive country and the work we still need to do.

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Le Protocole facultatif se rapportant à la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées des Nations Unies est déposé devant la Chambre des communes
Le gouvernement du Canada

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer qu’aujourd’hui, le ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées, l’honorable Kent Hehr, au nom de la ministre des Affaires étrangères, l’honorable Chrystia Freeland, a déposé devant la Chambre des communes le Protocole facultatif se rapportant à la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées des Nations Unies. Pour lire le communique de presse, cliquez ici.
 

Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures supplémentaires pour faire respecter et pour préserver les droits des personnes handicapées ainsi que pour faciliter davantage l’intégration et la pleine participation de ces personnes à la société canadienne.

Aujourd’hui, le ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées, l’honorable Kent Hehr, est fier d’annoncer, au nom de la ministre des Affaires étrangères, l’honorable Chrystia Freeland, que le gouvernement du Canada a déposé devant la Chambre des communes le Protocole facultatif se rapportant à la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées des Nations Unies. Le Protocole facultatif permettrait aux individus au Canada de déposer une plainte aux Nations Unies s’ils croient que leurs droits en vertu de la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées ont été violés.

La Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées est un important instrument garantissant l’accès égal pour les Canadiens handicapés aux possibilités économiques, culturelles et sociales. En 2010, le Canada est devenu partie à la Convention et s’est engagé à promouvoir, à protéger et à assurer la pleine et égale jouissance de tous les droits pour les personnes handicapées.

L’adhésion au Protocole facultatif fournirait une protection supplémentaire, car elle permettrait au Comité des droits des personnes handicapées des Nations Unies d’étudier des plaintes concernant le Canada. Ce comité spécialisé est formé d’experts des questions touchant les personnes handicapées.

En décembre 2016, le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé qu’il avait entamé les démarches en vue de son éventuelle adhésion au Protocole facultatif. Des consultations ont été lancées, de concert avec les gouvernements des provinces et des territoires, qui ont joué un rôle important dans l’adhésion du Canada, de même qu’avec les gouvernements autochtones, des organisations autochtones et la société civile. Le gouvernement du Canada remercie d’ailleurs ceux et celles qui y ont contribué pour leur aide précieuse.

Le dépôt du Protocole facultatif représente une étape importante de notre travail visant à renforcer la protection des droits des Canadiens handicapés. Cette étape s’inscrit dans l’engagement de longue date du Canada visant à assurer l’égalité, l’intégration et la pleine participation à la société canadienne des personnes handicapées.

Le 3 décembre a lieu la Journée internationale des personnes handicapées. Pour les Canadiens, c’est l’occasion de réfléchir aux progrès que nous avons accomplis et au travail qu’il nous reste à faire dans nos efforts visant à faire du Canada un pays accessible et intégrateur.

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Hearing Loss List for Santa
Gael Hannan

I know that Santa’s main focus is stuff for children, and not expensive toys for adults, life-changing events, medical breakthroughs, or governmental policy changes.

But a person can dream, right? 

This year’s letter to Santa Claus (or St. Nick or any of the many other names the dear fellow goes by) is also for his partner, Mrs. Claus. I don’t recall ever seeing her first name anywhere but for some reason, I just know it’s Sarah, and I’m sure she has a big say on what makes the sleigh (or not).
 

Dear Santa and Sarah,

Hey there, it’s me again. Yep, still writing to you at age 60-ish.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I know it’s early, but you guys get so busy and I didn’t want my letter to get lost in your ginormous pile of mail.

Upfront, let me say that while I try not to be a whiner, there are a few things that would make this life with hearing loss and tinnitus a lot easier. It’s a short but tough list, and I hope you’ll both read it all the way through, because it’s not just me that would benefit if you were able to deliver on these things. (The first request is a bit selfish, though.)

  1. Please remove my hearing loss and tinnitus/hyperacusis. This is a reverse gift – instead of bringing me something, you can take it away. Might be a nice change of pace for you.
  2. If you can’t remove all of those, I’d be happy with just losing the tinnitus. The head noise can make it hard to stay in a good mood sometimes. 
  3. OK, going out on a limb here, but do you think you could you speed up a universal cure for deafness by a few decades so that I, and millions and millions of other people, could enjoy it before we leave this earth?  (Please note, not every deaf person wants this; I’m just asking on behalf of those who do.)
  4. I’d also appreciate some organic batteries for hearing aids and cochlear implant sound processors. Made out of sheep dung or something that can be recycled in the compost.
  5. I would be extremely grateful if you could plant a thought, a realization, in the minds of the decision makers for all levels of government of all countries, that hearing loss is an important HEALTH, SOCIAL, and ECONOMIC issue.
  6. Then make them act and do something about making life easier for people who are dealing with hearing loss.
  7. I hate to harp on the tinnitus and hyperacusis thing, but I’m wondering if you would consider adding something to your workshop production list: A vitamin – let’s call it Vitamin TH – which would eliminate or reduce head noise, be non-addictive and come in chewy tablets, preferably chocolate flavor.
  8. I would also love some peace and happiness for the whole world, but if that’s asking too much, making assistive technology more affordable for all of those who need it – well, that would be just fabulous.

Normally, I do a Top 10 type of letter, but I don’t want to appear greedy, so I’m stopping at 8. Thank you for all that you do, Sarah and Santa, and I wish you both a productive and joyous season. 

Hope to see soon.

Your friend,

Gael Hannan

PS:  Thank you for helping me keep a sense of humor about hearing loss, something I believe I asked for a few years back. Sometimes I lose it, but it usually comes back. 

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3-D-printed prosthetic implants could improve treatment for hearing loss
Radiological Society of North America
This is a size comparison between 3-D printed prosthesis implant and a penny.
Credit: Radiological Society of North America

Researchers using CT scans and 3-D printing have created accurate, custom-designed prosthetic replacements for damaged parts of the middle ear, according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The technique has the potential to improve a surgical procedure that often fails because of incorrectly sized prosthetic implants, researchers said.

Hearing works partly through the transmission of vibrations from the ear drum to the cochlea, the sensory organ of hearing, via three tiny bones in the middle ear known as ossicles. Ossicular conductive hearing loss occurs when the ossicles are damaged, such as from trauma or infection.

Conductive hearing loss can be treated through surgical reconstruction using prostheses made from stainless steel struts and ceramic cups. The surgery, which generally involves tailoring a prosthesis for each patient in the operating room, is plagued by high failure rates.

"The ossicles are very small structures, and one reason the surgery has a high failure rate is thought to be due to incorrect sizing of the prostheses," said study author Jeffrey D. Hirsch, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Baltimore. "If you could custom-design a prosthesis with a more exact fit, then the procedure should have a higher rate of success."

Dr. Hirsch and colleagues studied 3-D printing as a way to create customized prostheses for patients with conductive hearing loss. The technology has been used successfully to solve a number of other medical prosthesis problems, including in the areas of joint replacement and facial reconstruction surgery.

The researchers removed the middle linking bone in the ossicular chain from three human cadavers and imaged the structures with CT. They employed an inexpensive 3-D printer to create prostheses to restore continuity for each of the middle ears. The prostheses were made from a resin that hardens when exposed to ultraviolet laser light. Each of the prostheses had unique measurements.

Four surgeons then performed insertion of each prosthesis into each middle ear, blinded to the bone from and for which each was designed. The researchers then asked the surgeons to match each prosthesis to its correct source.

All four surgeons were able to correctly match the prosthesis model to its intended temporal bone -- the bone containing the middle and inner parts of the ear. The chances of this occurring randomly are 1 in 1,296, according to Dr. Hirsch.

"This study highlights the core strength of 3-D printing -- the ability to very accurately reproduce anatomic relationships in space to a sub-millimeter level," Dr. Hirsch said. "With these models, it's almost a snap fit."

The results suggest that commercially available CT scanners can detect significant anatomic differences in normal human middle ear ossicles, and that these differences can be accurately represented with current 3-D printing technology. More significantly, surgeons are able to detect these differences, which should not only increase the likelihood of a proper fit, but also decrease surgical time, according to Dr. Hirsch.

The next step in the research, Dr. Hirsch said, is to create prostheses out of biocompatible materials. The researchers are also looking at a different approach that would combine the 3-D-printed prostheses with stem cells.

"Instead of making the middle ear prosthesis solid, you could perforate it to be a lattice that allows stem cells to grow onto it," Dr. Hirsch said. "The stem cells would mature into bone and become a permanent fix for patients with hearing loss."

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7 conseils pour préserver sa santé auditive
Le HuffPost

Nos oreilles sont un maillon essentiel de notre équilibre de santé et de vie. Parce que sous-estimé, ce maillon est mis à rude épreuve au cours de la vie quotidienne, soumis aux expositions sonores bien souvent trop intenses et trop longues. Pourtant selon l'enquête Ifop- JNA 2016 "Nuisances sonores et leurs impacts sur la santé?" 9 Français sur 10 se disent exposés à un bruit excessif et ont conscience d'effets sur leur santé. Dans cette même enquête 50% des individus exprime subir des agressions sonores au travail. Selon une autre étude réalisée par l'association JNA en octobre 2017, pour 87% des individus interrogés le bruit au travail génère de la fatigue et près de 7 salariés sur 10 ressentiraient de la lassitude. Comme eux, vous vous sentez régulièrement fatigué, vous n'avez plus envie de parler en rentrant chez vous, vous ressentez des difficultés à comprendre les conversations en fin de journée, il faut réagir. Stop au bruit et au stress. Quelques astuces pour retrouver votre forme et votre vitalité grâce aux bonnes pratiques de santé auditive.

Je préserve mon capital auditif du bruit

Le bon fonctionnement du système auditif repose sur un capital restreint de cellules sensorielles appelées les cellules ciliées. Seulement 15.000 cellules constituent ce capital à la naissance et il s'agit d'une dotation unique. Leurs particularités biologiques est de s'user avec l'avancée en âge et de s'abîmer sous l'effet du bruit. Lorsque celui-ci est trop intense et/ou d'une durée trop longue, les lésions de ces cellules deviennent irréversibles et c'est alors que des acouphènes ou/et que la surdité s'installe. Il est donc nécessaire de préserver ce stock de cellules en se protégeant des expositions sonores.

Je maintiens une bonne compréhension de la parole

L'enjeu réside en la capacité de vos cellules sensorielles à transmettre des informations suffisamment claires pour que votre cerveau auditif puisse les décoder sans difficultés. Or, l'accumulation des expositions sonores va générer une fatigue auditive, rendant de moins en moins nettes les informations reçues. Le cerveau sera alors en difficulté pour tenter de donner une cohérence aux sons reçus. Gérer ses expositions sonores permet non seulement de réduire les risques auditifs les effets dits extra-auditifs du bruit: difficultés de concentration et d'attention, stress, fatigue, irritabilité... A partir de 60 dB en continu, la gêne pour comprendre les conversations survient. Le volume sonore de deux personnes qui discutent se situe à 50 dB.

J'offre un temps de répit à mes oreilles

Afin de réduire cette fatigue auditive normalement momentanée, une seule solution: s'accorder une "pause" de bruit. Une nuit de sommeil d'environ 7h dans une ambiance sonore à maximum 30 dB permet au système auditif de rétablir les bons équilibres internes. Mais 33% des Français déclarent avoir besoin de couvrir le bruit qui les gêne à leur domicile ! Pour nombreux, il serait nécessaire d'augmenter ce temps de répit en raison des durées d'exposition qui augmentent sans cesse: écoute de musique via le smartphone avant et après le travail, autoradio pour d'autres, bruit au travail, pendant le déjeuner, pendant les pauses, bruit dans les transports, télévision à la maison etc. la dose de son est intense; les sur-sollicitations trop fréquentes. Porter des protecteurs contre le bruit lorsque l'on travaille en espace partagé est l'une des astuces préférable à celle de s'isoler en écoutant de la musique avec les oreillettes. Faire une pause de bruit pendant le déjeuner ou au cours de la journée est aussi une manière de s'offrir un répit. Les gains formes et vitalisé s'en ressentiront rapidement.

Je veille à mes propres productions sonores dans les espaces collectifs

Peut-être que comme 3 Français sur 4 vous considérez que le bruit c'est les autres. Or, chacun est producteur de bruit et peut générer des pollutions sonores. Alors au travail comme au domicile, je veille aussi à mes propres productions sonores. En milieu de travail, cela peut contribuer à diminuer "l'effet cocktail party" sur les espaces partagés afin d'éviter le brouhaha, source de niveau sonore générant de la fatigue. Il suffit parfois de faire attention à l'intensité de sa voix, à veiller ne pas laisser le téléphone sonner, à organiser des échanges en dehors de l'espace collectif...

Je m'investis dans le projet collectif de qualité de vie au travail pour réduire le bruit

Le bruit au travail est aussi une affaire collective. Au-delà de volumes sonores de 80 dB d'exposition pendant 8h, l'employeur doit mettre en place des solutions pour réduire les émissions sonores à leur source et protéger les salariés des bruits résiduels en les dotant de protection individuelle contre le bruit. En dessous, la question du bruit est investie en fonction du développement des politiques de bien-être et de qualité de vie au travail. Selon les préconisations de l'OMS, des ambiances sonores de 45 dB devraient être privilégiées pour offrir de bonnes conditions de travail. Différentes astuces collectives existent pour cela: cloisonnettes acoustiques, mobiliers acoustiques, organisation de la circulation dans les espaces, formalisation de règles de vie collective au travail, création de zones dédiées aux échanges et aux conversations téléphoniques, polyvalence sur les postes pour alterner temps exposés et temps moins exposés...Les meilleures solutions sont celles issues du collectif. Là encore, il est possible d'agir.

Je réalise régulièrement un bilan complet de mon audition chez le médecin ORL

Seul le bilan complet de l'audition réalisé chez le médecin ORL permet de faire un point sur ses capacités à comprendre la parole en toute circonstance. Ce spécialiste sera également en mesure de vous prodiguer des conseils personnalisés pour préserver votre capital auditif. En cas de déficience auditive liée à l'avancée en âge, appelée presbyacousie, il vous conseillera le port d'aides auditives afin de maintenir et de faciliter la compréhension de la parole. Aussi, j'intègre un bilan complet tous les 5 ans maximum avant 50 ans et tous les 3 ans ensuite.

Tout comme ma vue, mon audition baisse vers la cinquantaine, j'agis

Lorsque la presbyacousie apparaît, je n'attends pas que cela passe. La presbyacousie est un phénomène naturel de ce cycle de vie. Elle demeure la cause majoritaire de déficience auditive sur la planète. Attendre c'est prendre le risque de mettre votre cerveau auditif en grande difficulté et par voie de conséquence de déstabiliser votre équilibre de santé et de vie sociale. En cas de presbyacousie non assumée, le bruit peut vous faire perdre pieds professionnellement. Agissez. A ce jour, malgré les recherches scientifiques, il n'existe pas d'autres solutions.

Nous ne sommes pas impuissants face au bruit. La santé auditive ouvre de nouvelles perspectives pour optimiser les politiques de qualité de vie au travail et réduire les impacts humains et financiers du bruit: diminution des risques psychosociaux, diminution des risques cardio-vasculaires, des accidents du travail par perte de vigilance, réduction des consommations d'anxiolytiques et de somnifères, augmentation du bien-être, de la productivité, du bien-vivre et bien vieillir au travail. Nous serons tous gagnants. Un choix de société est à notre portée.

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Do you hear what I hear? We need to tap into hearing loops
Juliette Sterkens

In 1978 in a Dutch school, I heard a teacher say, “Class, turn your hearing aids to hearing loop.” “What’s a loop?” I asked. The teacher explained it is a wire surrounding the classroom that silently sends sound via magnetic waves to telecoils.

“What’s a telecoil?” I asked, and learned it’s a tiny antenna found in hearing aids that receives the loop’s silent signal and turns it into clear sound. Then, it became obvious, the children could hear the teacher very well.

Fast forward to 1982, I am in a hard-of-hearing classroom in Oshkosh, once again observing kids as part of my audiology studies. But rather than use telecoils in their own hearing aids, the students were using boxy FM systems strapped to their chests. “Don’t you use hearing loops?” I asked, and was told FM systems, systems that require the end user to pick up a receiver box with headphones or earplugs, were the systems of choice.

During the 1990s, I shared this information with hundreds of clients in the Fox Valley and actively encouraged them to pick up these headphone-equipped devices, yet wondered why few did. Why would consumers who have trouble hearing not avail themselves of something that helps them hear in places where hearing aids are unable to deliver?

The answer came years later, while attending a meeting for adults with hearing loss. David Myers, a hard-of-hearing psychology professor, explained people don’t want to also pick up a listening device. They want technology that broadcasts audio wirelessly to existing hearing aids. He described how loops were making a comeback here and around the world and that this was good news for hearing aid users. Much like wheelchair ramps are good news for people in wheelchairs.

Since then loops have made their way into communities in the Fox Valley and beyond; much to the delight of those consumers who know about telecoils in hearing aids.

In Wisconsin, some 60-plus libraries' meeting rooms and information desks, nearly a dozen school auditoriums, more than 330 houses of worship and well-known venues such as the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, The Grand Oshkosh, the Ft. Atkinson Dinner Theater and American Players Theater in Spring Green, have installed the technology.

Consumers rave that in the loop they can hear every word as though they’re standing next to the performers on stage or the minister at the altar.

Nowadays, I teach consumers how to live with hearing loss on behalf of the Hearing Loss Association of America. Yet too often I am asked, “What’s a telecoil?” “Do I have telecoils in my hearing aids?” or “Why wasn’t I told when I bought my hearing aids?” I’ve heard “Why wasn’t I told?” around the state and country.

Participants in my classes are surprised to learn telecoils are a no or low-cost option in most hearing aids. They tell me they weren’t told about the technology when fitted. They are not alone. A recent survey revealed only one out of three users were told about this feature when first buying hearing aids. If consumers aren’t told, how can they benefit from recent federal mandates that all public assistive listening systems be telecoil compatible?

Our state is blessed with many competent, conscientious hearing care providers who tell clients about telecoils, demonstrate loops in their offices and inform clients where loops can be found. It appears, though, that many providers fail to do so. How else can I explain the “why” questions I get?

Providers seem to make a decision that should be the prerogative of their clients with hearing loss. Clients, about to spend thousands of dollars on hearing aids, deserve to be told about the usefulness of all hearing aid features to make an informed purchase.

Don’t know if your devices have telecoils? Ask your provider — they may be there, but never activated. Ready to buy new hearing aids? Ask for telecoils and a demonstration. Buying hearing aids without telecoils is like buying a car without headlights. You may not plan to drive your car at night, but when you find yourself in the dark, you’ll be awfully glad you did.

To learn more about hearing loops and telecoils visit www.hearingloss.org.

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Noise from Toronto’s public transit could lead to long-term hearing loss: study
Global News

A new study suggests that daily rides on public transit may be contributing to long-term hearing loss.

The research, conducted for the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, says although noise levels from the Toronto transit system are within acceptable levels of safe noise exposure, frequent cumulative exposure could place individuals at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

“We measured lots of decibel levels on the subway, buses and streetcars and found that at peak values, the amount of noise could be quite loud and repeat exposure over the long term could damage your hearing,” associate scientist Dr. Vincent Lin of Sunnybrook Hospital told AM640.

Lin said the concern is with peak exposures, which in some of the testing, measures way above the 85-decibel limit for safe prolonged exposure with some occurrences checking in as high as 115 decibels.

“Even though those exposures are short, that’s a very loud value. That’s the equivalent to a lawnmower or heavy machinery being close to your ears. The short bursts still can be quite damaging.”

Generally, the levels were highest not while riding transit, but standing on platforms with vehicles passing by.

Standing on a subway platform provides the greatest overall noise level compared to buses and streetcars pumping out an average of 79.8 decibels compared to 78.1 and 71.5 decibels respectively.

However, when it came to peak noise, passing buses had the greater average with tests recording 112.3 decibels compared to 109.8 for the subway and 108.6 on streetcar routes.

Lin says the research showed that older TTC subway platforms provided higher noise levels compared to the more modern locations. Stations along the Bloor line like Keele, Dufferin, Spadina and Bay stations were found to have the loudest platforms.

“Back in the era when they were built, the whole concept of soundproofing was not as advanced as current engineering,” said Lin.

When it comes to the commuters who are most vulnerable to hearing loss in the downtown core, the study says cyclists have the most to be concerned about.

Numbers showed that bicycle riders are exposed to noise that exceeds safe limits at an average of about 14 per cent.

However, Lin said anyone who commutes on streets in the core is exposed to very high environmental sounds.

“Most of us who commute around the city are aware of the environmental noises like jackhammering, construction and crowd noises. That can be quite loud.”

In terms of what one can do about limiting exposure, Lin says carrying around a set of simple mobile earbuds can help as long as you don’t blast music too loud.

“A little bit of prevention can prolong hearing in the long run.”

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Australia's Indigenous suffer hearing 'life sentence'
News.com.au

Medical groups are shining a light on the plight of middle ear conditions in indigenous communities, with rates reported to be the highest in the world.

When a six-year old indigenous child presented to surgeon Kelvin Kong with a maggot in his ear it wasn't in a remote part of Australia.

It was in Newcastle, the harbour city north of Sydney with five major hospitals nearby.

"You look at the notes and the medical history and it was really disparaging to see on every admission to hospital there was a problem there that it wasn't addressed," Dr Kong told a gathering at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

The family had tried to get help on more than six occasions, including at a hospital emergency department.

"Because it's not a heart attack, it's not a car crash, it's a low priority - yet to this kid it's a high priority," Dr Kong said.

And while he wasn't saying that emergency department had failed, he was pointing out the disparity between treatment for indigenous Australians and others in the community.

"It broke my heart that this kid had been diagnosed with autism, with aspergers, with other kind of behavioural issues when no-one bothered to do a simple thing as a hearing test."

Dr Kong used the example to highlight the prevalence of chronic otitis media, a group of inflammatory conditions of the middle ear - the focus of this year's Australian Medical Association's report card on indigenous health.

The report card cites research from Northern Territory indigenous communities showing only seven per cent of children assessed have normal ears.

Estimates generally show an indigenous child will suffer middle ear infections and associated hearing loss on average for 32 months from the age of two to 20 years - compared to just three months for non-indigenous children.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said everyone at the launch had probably experienced such ear inflammation at some point, but rates in indigenous communities are reported to be the highest in the world.

"For most non-indigenous Australian children otitis media is readily treated with a short course of antibiotics," he told the launch.

But for indigenous children it can mean a "life sentence" of hearing harm, troubles at school and behavioural issues.

"You can see how a potentially harmless bacterial infection can, if unchecked, if untreated, literally ruin someone's life," Dr Gannon said.

The association calls for a co-ordinated national response to be developed by a National Indigenous Hearing Health Taskforce under indigenous leadership for the Council of Australian Governments.

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said it was the responsibility of everyone that otitis media was addressed, but it was important changes were made in partnership with local communities.

Labor spokesman Warren Snowdon said workforce shortages were biting in Northern Australia and he encouraged doctors to head to the bush.

"We won't get improved outcomes unless we get the services in those areas," he said, calling on state and territories to also lead the way.

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INDUSTRY EVENTS
11th TRI conference and 2nd TINNET meeting: Disruptive Innovations in Tinnitus
March 14th to 16th, 2018 in Regensburg, Germany

We are witnessing a time period in tinnitus research with rapid developments of basic research, new clinical strategies for tinnitus treatment and enormous growth in technical innovations. Both public funding and industrial investments for tinnitus research have largely increased during the last few years. This development is also accompanied by raising awareness for tinnitus in society and increased attention of public and social media.

The conference entitled "Disruptive Innovations in Tinnitus" will give you a great opportunity to learn about the details of major breakthroughs in tinnitus. It will be a platform for knowledge-sharing, high-level scientific exchange, and inter-disciplinary networking for scientists, clinicians and technicians.

For students and early-career researchers The European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus (ESIT) will be hosting a special one-day mini conference on 13 Mar 2018. Open to all! This is an official satellite event to the 11th TRI conference, Regensburg, Germany. More details to follow.

Looking forward to meet you at the 11th TRI meeting in Regensburg in 2018.

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Free Communication Assistant Course
January 22, 2018 – March 2, 2018
Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free, online training course for direct service professionals, personal support workers and attendants who assist individuals who have speech and language disabilities (not primarily caused by hearing loss) when communicating in their communities. The course will provide generic guidelines and strategies on ways to assist people who are over 18 years, have unclear speech and, or use a communication board or device. Please share this information with people who may be interested.  
Please note:


-This is a free, limited time only opportunity
-Registration deadline is January 8, 2018
-The course takes approximately seven hours to complete
-Course is available online between January 22, 2018 – March 2, 2018 

For a description of the course and to register, please go to:
http://www.cdacanada.com/assistants/

For more information, please email us at cdac.course@gmail.com
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Quebec’s Only Registered Not-For-Profit Organization Serving Anglophones Affected by Hearing Loss Needs a New Home
CHIP

The holidays are about the lights, joyous sounds, your favourite holiday songs, family and friends connecting, laughing and telling stories, building new memories…

But, what if it was suddenly silenced for you?

CHIP’s mission is to provide ongoing programs, support, and services to those affected by hearing loss. Our goal is to keep our members connected with all of  the holiday sounds, celebrations, their families and friends so they can also make lasting memories.

Our newest challenge is to find CHIP a home.

Recently, CHIP has been informed that, as a result of a shortage of space due to the mergers of the new CIUSSS, we are obliged to move from our current offices and find space elsewhere in 2018. The costs of moving are real and now inevitable.

Our goal is to raise $35,000 over 8 months which will help us during this transition. We are working hard to find long term funding sources to help with these new annual expenses.  

Make your donation to the CHIP RELOCATION FUND

Because of your donations, over 300 English-speaking members affected by hearing loss in Montreal and the surrounding areas will continue to connect with others who have been through some of the same experiences as them. This is a priceless gift to our members-- and engenders that feeling of connection and belonging.

Make your donation count today. Help give us the tools such as lip reading & communication strategies to cope with and adapt to our hearing loss so we may become self advocates and ambassadors to pay it forward and educate our social circles and communities about hearing loss. 

It is so important that CHIP continue to provide essential programs and services for this community.

Every donation will receive a charitable tax receipt. If you wish,  your name will be added to our donor list and publicised in our biannual magazine and annual report.

Connecting and sharing is what makes life worth living and it is what makes the holidays so special.  

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University of Ottawa seeking out volunteers with ideas for accessibility technology!
Apply by December 15th.
The University of Ottawa, in partnership with undergraduate Engineering programs, are seeking out volunteers who live with hearing loss to provide accessibility ideas for potential product design classes that are run through the uottawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace.

The Engineering students learn how to use all kinds of different technologies like 3D printers and learn about the design process and use it to make a product. This is a second-year class with students from many different faculties.

If you have a hearing loss and have problem in your life that could be improved with an accessibility design, the University of Ottawa needs you! All volunteers would meet with the students 3 times during the semester (meetings can be conducted virtually) and they will try to 'solve' the problem you give them. You would give them context on the problem, what kinds of things you would like to include, what kinds of things you would think that are crucial to include, etc.
 
If you have questions and if you are interested, please email Justine Boudreau at jboud030@uottawa.ca by December 15th.
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World Congress of Audiology 2018 (WCA)
28 - 31 October 2018 
Cape Town - South Africa
The International Society of Audiology has been the global home of audiology since the very early beginnings of the profession, now almost 70 years ago. The society supports and advances audiology around the globe, and its biennial World Congress of Audiology (previously called the International Congress of Audiology) provides a unique platform to showcase audiological research from around the world.

The World Congress of Audiology, held biennially since 1952 will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2018. Held on every continent of the world, except for Africa, the 2018 meeting promises to be a truly historic occasion. Not only because of the iconic destination but as a platform showcasing clinical audiology science from around the world.
Having the 2018 World Congress of Audiology hosted on African soil for the first time creates a unique opportunity to advocate and promote audiology and hearing health across the continent. Close to 40 million people are living with a permanent disabling hearing loss in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these persons have no access to hearing health care due to challenges that include a lack of human resources - with less than one audiologist to every million persons - and due to unavailable hearing health infrastructure. The 2018 World Congress of Audiology will, therefore, prioritise and use this historic event to stimulate awareness and growth in audiology across Africa.
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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Conference 
May 2 - 5, 2018

SAC's 2018 conference at The Westin Edmonton will feature exciting content for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, communication health assistants and students.

We are currently finalizing our speaker lineup and education program. Stay tuned for more information!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alvin Law, Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author

Conference registration will open in early December. Learn more about registration and fees.

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