Breaking Out Of A Strange, Silent World

The Province
September 27, 2012

When Christopher Lee suddenly became deaf, his main concern was how he would communicate with his six-year-old son. An anxious Lee had already lost his hearing in both ears when he went to St. Paul’s Hospital’s cochlear implant clinic a year ago for an assessment. Cochlear implants are ideal for patients who were able to hear previously. For someone born deaf, who never developed language, outcomes aren’t as successful. READ MORE ->

Cochlear Implants hit 30!

From Vancouver Sun
October 6, 2012

Cochlear implants originally performed only on profoundly deaf people are now being used with patients who still have some hearing. That’s because the electrodes threaded into the inner ear have become much smaller over time so there’s less chance of damaging healthy tissue during the operation …READ MORE ->

Coming Events

CHHA-BC Resource Centre office has moved! Our new address as of December 1, 2014 is: #216-9181 Main Street, Chilliwack, BC V2P 4M9. Our office phone number and email addresses are the same.


2018 Hearing Public Forum is coming up on Saturday, June 2, 12 noon to 3:30 pm, Fletcher Challenge Room at Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC. The theme is Hearing Loss is Everyone’s Affair. More information and registration, click on the link ->

2018 AGM is on Saturday, June 2, 4 pm to 5 pm, Fletcher Room at Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre in Vancouver. A major item on the agenda will be the acceptance of new bylaws, in preparation for transition under the new Societies Act of British Columbia.


The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to collaborate with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (BAF) which promote accessibility measures and ensure they are in place. CHHA is grateful to the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund for its support of the creation of this guide. This guide will examine the kinds of accessibility regulated by the CRTC which are designed to support people living with a hearing loss. Full Access – A Guide for Broadcasting Accessibility is available for loan at CHHA-BC office or your local branch as a hard copy, or you can find the Guide in pdf format at CHHA’s National Accessibility Hub’s website.


CHHA-BC Chapter, in a joint initiative with CHHA Vancouver Branch, has established a web-based Online Mentoring Program (OMP) for individuals with a hearing loss in British Columbia. The purpose of this program is to provide a medium for peer interaction, guidance, and the practice of coping skills through one-to-one mentor support. Check out CHHA-BC’s Online Mentoring Program as there are links to general information on various aspects of coping with hearing loss, from people who themselves have hearing loss; confidential one-to-one chatroom for those seeing guidance and mentoring in adjusting to their own hearing loss.


This month’s CHHA-BC e-LOOP for February 2018 is available by clicking here or visiting the CHHA-BC Newsletter page.


Prevalence of hearing loss among Canadians aged 20 to 79: Audiometric results from the 2012/2013 Canadian Health Measures Survey – Released on July 15, 2015


Interested in teaching Speechreading Classes in your community? 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 “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 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 to find other instructors and potential training dates.


International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People is pleased to present their 2017 Fall Edition of their Newsletter. You can find this newsletter on Check out an interesting article on “Finding your Way” by Bowen Tang (see the article on pages 8-13).


CHHA North Shore Branch offers Sound Advice monthly meetings which are held on the first Friday of each month from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the West Vancouver’s Senior Activity Centre, 695-21st Street in West Vancouver. There are no meetings in the months of July and August. Sound Advice is a monthly series of informal workshops and discussions around issues affecting hard of hearing individuals. For more information, call 604-926-5222.