Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter for CHHA PEI

September 29, 2017. With the first meeting of the fall season over, it’s time to look ahead at upcoming events and to reflect on the activities of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association over the past months.   You can read the newest edition of our newsletter, The Listening Post, here…..CHHA PEI Newsletter Summer Fall 2017

In the coming months we will:

  • Tour the province with presentations related to our newest publication “Pardon Me, What Did You Say? A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World”.
  • Host a seminar on “Demystifying Cochlear Implants” on October 14, a special event with Dr. Morris of Halifax. A modest fee of $20 is charged for this session to help pay for real time captioning.
  • Continue building awareness with the legal community in improving communications with the hard of hearing.


  • We have pins for sale for $2 each.  See our newsletter for more details.
  • Charitable donations are always welcome to help fund the activities of the chapter. We have no employees, and all work is done on a volunteer basis.

Other upcoming events:

  • With the help of a grant from the Senior Secretariat we are planning a seminar next spring on “Living With Tinnitus”. If you have ideas for other topics of interest to the hard of hearing community, please let us know either by commenting on this blog or by sending an email to us at
  • Our neighbours in Moncton are hosting the second Hearing Health New Brunswick day on October 20 at Casino New Brunswick. This is a free event.  For more information and registration, see
  • Next meeting of CHHA PEI is October 31 at the North Tryon Presbyterian Church in North Tryon, starting at 9:30 am.

Please note that there will NOT be speech reading classes this fall, due to insufficient enrollment.  If you are interested in enrolling in the next available session, let us know.

Do you have a tip or story to share?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at

 © Daria Valkenburg


New Booklet On Improving Communications Launched

September 28, 2017. Brenda Porter of our Chapter is spearheading a series of presentations to launch our Chapter’s newest publication, “Pardon Me, What Did You Say?  A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World”.  Below is an article Brenda wrote about the project, and a list of the scheduled presentations.  You won’t want to miss one when it comes your way.

 A reminder about the seminar coming up on October 14 at the University of PEI, ‘Demystifying Cochlear Implants’ with Dr. Morris of Halifax.  Don’t miss this event if you have a cochlear implant, or are in line for one. (see CHHA PEI Oct 14 2017 Seminar Demystifying CIs (2) and CHHA PEI Seminar Registration Oct 14 2017 Demystifying CIs)

 NHSP Booklet Front & Back

Pardon Me, What Did you Say? A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World

More than 50% of seniors have some hearing loss. Pardon Me, What Did You Say? – A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World is a project of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA PEI) that aims to foster wider engagement in the community for those seniors and others who are hard of hearing.

Members of CHHA PEI have compiled a ‘large print’ booklet that will be a tool for both those who are hard of hearing and for the people with whom they communicate. It will contain a wide range of tips for more effective communication skills. It also will contain stories, illustrated by artist Wayne Wright, meant to encourage those who are hard of hearing to let others know about their difficulty.

During October and November, in communities across the island, 30 – 40 minute presentations led by CHHA PEI members will introduce key tips that are found in the booklet. Each presentation will be followed with questions and conversation. All are welcome and a free copy of the booklet will be given to those who attend.

Dates and Locations for the public presentations are:

  • Alberton Arts and Heritage Centre – Monday, Nov. 20, 1:30pm
  • Andrews of Stratford  – Monday, Oct. 23, 2:00pm
  • Charlottetown Seniors Active Living Centre – Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10:30am
  • Cornwall West River United Church – Monday, Nov. 27, 2:00pm
  • North Rustico Seniors’ Club – Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:00pm
  • Souris Silver Threads Seniors Club – Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2:00pm

Presentations will also be made at the Women’s Institute Fall Workshops:

  • Summerside – Wednesday, October 11
  • Charlottetown – Tuesday, October 17
  • Montague – Thursday, October 19

 The project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

For further information, please contact Brenda Porter at


Upcoming Seminar on Demystifying Cochlear Implants

September 7, 2017.  Halifax Surgeon Dr. David Morris, Well Known to Most Cochlear Implant Recipients on PEI, to Speak In Charlottetown on October 14!

Dr. David Morris

Cochlear implant recipients and potential recipients are invited to reserve Saturday, October 14, 2017 to attend a day seminar at Seniors Active Living Centre on UPEI Campus to learn more about your cochlear implant and how to manage it effectively.

Dr. David Morris, who many Islanders know as their implant Doctor, will spend the day answering your questions and demystifying the myths surrounding Cochlear Implants. The event is scheduled for 9 am-3 pm, lunch and coffee breaks provided.

Registration is limited so register early.  For information contact Annie Lee MacDonald at (902) 855-2382 or email us at There will be a $20 fee to cover expenses.

See attached flyer CHHA PEI Oct 14 2017 Seminar Demystifying CIs and registration form. CHHA PEI Seminar Registration Oct 14 2017 Demystifying CIs

Do you have a cochlear implant?  Are you on the waiting list for one?  You won’t want to miss this special event!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at