Interview About Cochlear Implants With Dr. Jodi Ostroff Of MED-EL

November 29, 2017.  On October 14, 2017, CHHA PEI hosted a seminar on ‘Demystifying Cochlear Implants’ with Dr. David Morris.  One of the sponsors of the seminar was MED-EL, a supplier of cochlear implants.  We were fortunate to have Dr. Jodi Ostroff, Clinical Account Manager for Canada, come to the event and answer questions from the participants who visited the MED-EL booth.

So many people had questions that we asked our sponsors if they would consent to an interview to answer specific questions.  Dr. Ostroff graciously took the time to do so. As part of this Chapter’s mandate is to provide information of interest to those with hearing loss, this interview is the subject of this blog entry.

Jodi Ostroff

Jodi Ostroff, PhD, Clinical Account Manager- Canada for MED-EL

Question 1:  What is the shelf life of my Cochlear Implant (CI)?

Dr. Ostroff:  In theory, a CI can last a lifetime and many people have had their implants for over 30 years with no problems. However, realistically, if a child today was implanted with a cochlear implant, they would likely require a new implant at least once or twice in their lifetime. That is why MED-EL has a very strong philosophy and consistent development of cochlear implants that are “atraumatic” – meaning causing as little trauma to the delicate structures of the cochlea as possible. MED-EL wants cochlear implant recipients to be able to take advantage of any future technologies that may be developed for people with hearing loss. So they have designed their cochlear implants to be as atraumatic as possible in order to preserve those structures for the future.

 Question 2.  What happens to my CI when I go:

Dr. Ostroff:    a) through airport security – nothing interesting. Just remember to take off your processor and tell the security people that you have a CI. Good idea to take your patient ID card with you whenever you travel. Better yet, keep it in your wallet at all times!

b) for an X-ray – same as above.

 c) for an MRI – it depends which implant you have. The MRI technicians or radiologist can look up the Instructions For Use (on the MED-EL website) or call MED-EL for assistance regarding your particular implant type to determine how to proceed with an MRI for your specific implant. It’s always best to have your patient ID card in your wallet, which indicates which implant you have. The MED-EL Synchrony cochlear implant is the only implant that is safe for MRI up to 3.0 Tesla (Tesla = the strength of the magnet inside the MRI machine).

d) swimming – swim away! Just take off your speech processor first.

MED-EL has WaterWear which are waterproof plastic sheaths that can be placed over your speech processor to allow you to swim with the processor without worry of damaging the device.

e) skiing (and other sports activities) – most sports are fine – just make sure to wear a helmet to protect your head and the implant inside it if it’s a sport where there is a risk that you could fall and hit your head.

 Question 3.  If I’m a singer or musician, will my musical tonal ability be restored?

Dr. Ostroff: A lot of CI recipients are disappointed with the sound of music when they receive their implant. This is mostly due to the fact that cochlear implants are designed and engineered to transmit speech as effectively and naturally as possible. Music has characteristics that are different from speech and most cochlear implants are not engineered to best reproduce music. However, MED-EL has a sound processing strategy that is proven to provide good music appreciation to recipients who use that processing strategy.

Question 4.  If I’m a child, do I need another CI when I’m an adult?

Dr. Ostroff:  It’s likely that children will need to have their CI replaced one or more times in their lifetime – possibly every 25-30 years.

 Question 5.  Does my CI come in different colours?

Dr. Ostroff:  The part of the CI system that you wear on the outside of your head that looks like a hearing aid is called a speech processor. Speech processors are usually offered in different colours and sometimes patterns.

 Question 6.  What is the warranty on my CI?

Dr. Ostroff:  The warranty varies per implant manufacturer. MED-EL’s internal implant (the part that is implanted into the cochlea and behind the ear under the skin) is under warranty for 10 years. The speech processor and most of its external components are under warranty for 5 years.

 Question 7.  Do you offer clinics or other support here on the island?

Dr. Ostroff:  Patients with cochlear implants in any part of Canada would normally reach out to the centre and the audiologist where they received their implant. However, MED-EL recipients can contact the 24 hour audiology support number (888-633-3524). If a CI recipient would like to exchange something under warranty or order spare parts, they can contact our distributor in Toronto – Union Hearing Aid Centre – (866-269-8880) – they offer free shipping on orders over $50.

 Question 8.  Everyone is talking about remote access. I don’t even use a computer, so how can I do this?

Dr. Ostroff:  MED-EL does offer remote programming but remote access is usually for the audiologists so that they can program your cochlear implant remotely – without you having to come into the clinic.

 Question 9.  Is my CI accessible for hearing loops?  While we don’t have much looped sites on the island yet, we will be receiving funding to nudge that project along.

Dr. Ostroff: Yes. MED-EL CI speech processors have a telecoil built into them so you can access hearing loops.

 Question 10.  If a better model comes along, can I exchange my CI?

Dr. Ostroff: You mean your speech processor! When a new generation of speech processor is developed, you will have the opportunity to upgrade (i.e. exchange) to it. However, you do not NEED to upgrade your speech processor when a new one comes out. MED-EL is the only manufacturer that insists on making every single one of their speech processors backwards compatible to the very first cochlear implant (internal components) that they ever produced. We want to leave no patient behind! Depending on the funding in your province, there will be different costs associated with upgrading your speech processor.

 Question 11. What is in my toolkit (the accessories package) and how do I use it?

Dr. Ostroff: That depends on when you received your cochlear implant. However, MED-EL CI recipients are currently receiving the following items in their patient kit:

1 SONNET Control Unit — Including Earhook, Microphone Cover, and Earhook Pin
1 FineTuner With Battery
1 SONNET Battery Pack Frame
2 SONNET Battery Pack Covers
1 DL-Coil Base (with #2S and #3S magnet inserts)
1 DL-Coil Cover L without lock
1 DL-Coil Cover L with lock
2 SONNET DL-Coil Cables 6.5 cm

1 SONNET Earhook & Pin

4 SONNET Microphone Covers
1 SONNET FM Battery Pack Cover
1 EuroAudio (3-pin) Adaptor Cable
1 Electrical Drying System
2 Zinc-Air Battery Packages
1 Speech Processor Test Device
1 Audio Processor Tool & Brush
1 DL-Coil Manual
2 User Manuals (English/French)
1 Registration Card

FM connectivity – Roger Pen and RogerX receiver or Roger MyLink receiver

Rechargeable batteries

 If you need help, you can contact your CI audiologist, or the MED-EL 1-888-633-3524 number.

This concluded the interview. If there is sufficient interest on the island, MED-EL is willing to come to PEI in 2018 to do a “What’s In My Toolkit” seminar.  If you are a MED-EL recipient of a CI and this is of interest to you, let us know.

Do you have a tip or story to share about cochlear implants, or living with someone who has a cochlear implant?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

 

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The ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?’ Roadshow At North Rustico Seniors Club

November 29, 2017.  With our sixth presentation on November 15, 2017 at the North Rustico Seniors Club, at which 14 people participated, we had reached 245 participants.  In addition to the CHHA PEI committee members for the project of Annie Lee MacDonald, Brenda Porter, and Daria Valkenburg, we were joined by CHHA PEI members Joan Gallant and Marie and Bernard McKenna as hosts.

The evaluations continue to be positive, and 13 participants filled out an evaluation.  8 participants identified as hard of hearing (61.5%), 5 not.  8 (61.5%) noted that they had close friends or family members who were hard of hearing.

One of the questions asked in the evaluations is ‘How involved are you now socially – with family, friends in the community?’, and people had the option of answering ‘Rarely’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Often, or ‘Frequently’.  As per our expectation, people who came out to the presentation were active socially. No one answered ‘Rarely’.

Comments in the evaluations included:

  • Need to educate the medical profession as they have a mental block about hearing loss.
  • I have asked our priest to have copies made of his sermon so I can follow it.
  • Great presentation, very helpful.
  • An excellent new awareness!!
  • I am quite active socially, but I did get some really good ideas and suggestions as to what and how to tell people re my hearing loss.
  • Thanks for the booklet.
  • “Slower, not louder” is a good tip.
  • Very educational.

One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation.  10 answered yes and provided contact details.

The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

The ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?’ Roadshow At Silver Threads Seniors Club in Souris

November 23, 2017.  After our fourth presentation on November 1, 2017, we had reached 214 participants.  On November 8, we were at the Silver Threads Seniors Club in Souris, where an additional 17 participants came to the presentation, making it 231 reached to date.

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Left to right: Annie Lee MacDonald, Daria Valkenburg, Bonnie Bertelsen from Silver Threads Senior Club, and presenter Brenda Porter. (Photo credit: Gerry Gray)

We weren’t sure how many people to expect in Souris, but thought it might be more than 17.  Never mind.  Those who came listened attentively. The evaluations continue to be positive, and 15 participants filled out an evaluation.  6 participants identified as hard of hearing (40%), 9 not.  9 (60%) noted that they had close friends or family members who were hard of hearing.

One of the questions asked in the evaluations is ‘How involved are you now socially – with family, friends in the community?’, and people had the option of answering ‘Rarely’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Often, or ‘Frequently’.  As per our expectation, people who came out to the presentation were active socially. No one answered ‘Rarely’.

Comments in the evaluations included:

  • Great presentation – lots of good ideas.
  • Wish we’d had the presentation five years ago. Reducing the stigma for my mother around her shame in being hard of hearing.  Hope this message got through today.
  • I can relate to all you said. I never hear the punch line (of a joke).
  • Informative and interesting information.

One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation.  9 answered yes and provided contact details.

The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.

One more presentation is coming up on the island.  If you are hard of hearing and have not attended a session, this is your last chance.

  • November 27 at 2:00 pm – West River United Church in Cornwall

REMINDER: Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, starting at 9:30 am, at the North Tryon Presbyterian Church.

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

Upcoming Event: CHHA PEI On PEI Secretariat’s Party Line

November 21, 2017. Not long ago, we let you know that CHHA PEI will be participating in a special event organized by the PEI Seniors Secretariat, the PEI Party Line.

On November 22, 2017, between 10:00 and 10:40 am, Brenda Porter will be interviewed on the Party Line call about our new booklet, ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?  A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World’.

Anyone is welcome to call in, and calls are toll-free.  Here is the information to make the call:

Dial in: 1-866-279-1594

Program code: 777920#

And don’t forget about our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, beginning at 9:30 am, at North Tryon Presbyterian Church in North Tryon.

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 hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

The ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?’ Roadshow At Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown

November 18, 2017.  November 1, 2017 saw our Chapter members continue with the roadshow of presentations on tips for better communication with the hard of hearing continued.  After giving successful presentations at two Women’s Institute Fall Rallies (about 165 women in total), and Andrews of Stratford (30 participants, both men and women), we gave a presentation at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.

The turnout for this event, which was open to the public, was disappointing, with 19 participants, both men and women. As with the other three presentations made, all the evaluations were positive, and each participant filled out an evaluation.  8 participants identified as hard of hearing (42%), 11 not.  8 (42%) noted that they had close friends or family members who were hard of hearing.

One of the questions asked in the evaluations is ‘How involved are you now socially – with family, friends in the community?’, and people had the option of answering ‘Rarely’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Often, or ‘Frequently’.  As per our expectation that people who came out to the presentations across the island were active socially, all except one answered ‘Often’ or ‘Frequently’.  Only one person answered ‘Sometimes’.

Comments in the evaluations included:

  • This is a very useful project. Thank you.
  • It would be useful to have info on various types of assisted listening devices that may be useful. (This person should come out to the Chapter meetings, and follow the Chapter’s blog, where this information is regularly provided!)
  • With many members of the Seniors Active Living Centre members being hard of hearing, these tips will be useful.
  • Excellent presentation. Very informative.
  • I will be looking into your speech reading classes and tinnitus seminar.
  • Would like to have the doctor suggest or schedule a hearing test for the 60+, similar to what’s done for eyesight. (That’s a very good point!)

One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation.  10 answered yes and provided contact details.

The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.

Two more presentations are coming up on the island.  If you are hard of hearing and have not attended a session, these are your last two chances.

  • November 20 at 1:30 pm – Arts and Heritage Centre in Alberton
  • November 27 at 2:00 pm – West River United Church in Cornwall

Next meeting: Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, starting at 9:30 am, at the North Tryon Presbyterian Church.

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

Exploring The Option of Renting Your Hearing Aids

November 14, 2017.  At our October 31, 2017 monthly Chapter meeting, our guest speaker was Dr. Denis LeBlanc, president of Avenir Hearing, which operates 9 clinics in New Brunswick.  Dr. LeBlanc was invited to speak to us about an initiative he began four years ago in giving clients the option to rent their hearing aids, rather than buying them.

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Dr. Denis LeBlanc at the October 31 CHHA PEI meeting in North Tryon. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

He explained that this option is available, through partnerships with other audiology clinics, in every province except Prince Edward Island.  Rentals are based on a three year plan, with all costs included (yes, even batteries), and then can be renewed with new hearing aids.

Several benefits to this option were outlined:

  • Affordability. As we know, hearing aids are expensive, and this is a way to pro-rate the cost over a three year period.
  • It’s an easy way to get into hearing aids. On average, he explained that it takes a person who has been diagnosed with hearing loss up to 7 years to actually purchase a hearing aid.  That’s 7 years of missing out on conversations!
  • People love the idea of updating technology every three years. With the rapid changes in technology, hearing aid companies update their circuitry about every 18 months.  If you have an older hearing aid, you may be missing out on some advances that will help improve your ability to hear.
  • People have complete peace of mind as they know what their monthly cost will be. There are no extra charges.

We asked him how popular the program was in New Brunswick, and were astounded to learn that 75% of private paying patients take this option. Those with private health insurance can also access the plan, with Dr. LeBlanc mentioning agreements with Johnson, Blue Cross, and Sun Life, in response to specific questions with those insurers.

There are three categories of hearing aid rentals, with three different monthly price points, based on what the client’s needs are:

Basic – for one-on-one conversations, TV and telephone use, and light ambient noise such as quiet household activities.  So, if you live in a quiet environment and don’t get out into the public much, this may be the option for you.

Standard – for those who go out to restaurants and social events, want to understand passengers while driving in a car, and moderate ambient noise such as attending meetings at work.  So, if you are more social or work, this option may be more suitable.

Select – for those who are out in crowds and public places, listening to music, and loud ambient noise.

Dr. LeBlanc was then asked what happens to the hearing aids after the three years are up.  We were pleased to learn that they are not thrown out, but refurbished and donated to a charitable organization, to help people with hearing loss in developing countries.

When asked the closest location to Prince Edward Island, for anyone wishing to go to New Brunswick for their hearing aids, he noted that while Shediac was the closest location, there were two additional offices in the vicinity, one in Dieppe, and one in Moncton.

For more information on the hearing aid rental program, see: http://www.hearingaidrental.ca/

For more information on Avenir Hearing, see: http://www.avenirhearing.ca/

Next meeting: Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, starting at 9:30 am, at the North Tryon Presbyterian Church.

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Do you rent your hearing aids?  Would you consider this option?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

 

The ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?’ Roadshow At Andrews of Stratford

November 10, 2017.  On October 23, 2017, the ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?’ roadshow of presentations on tips for better communication with the hard of hearing continued.  After giving successful presentations at two Women’s Institute Fall Rallies (about 165 women in total), we were invited to Andrews of Stratford, a seniors home that offers independent living, community care, and nursing care options.

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Brenda Porter addresses audience at Andrews of Stratford. (Photo credit: Annie Lee MacDonald)

30 participants came out to the presentation, which was open to the public, and we received 24 evaluations back.  This time the audience included both men and women.  As with the other two presentations made, all the evaluations were positive.  18 participants identified as hard of hearing (75%), 6 not, not a surprising result in a seniors home.  14 (58%) noted that they had close friends or family members who were hard of hearing.

One of the questions asked in the evaluations is ‘How involved are you now socially – with family, friends in the community?’, and people had the option of answering Rarely’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Often, or ‘Frequently. We had expected that most people who came out to the presentations across the island would answer ‘Often’ or ‘Frequently’, as we didn’t expect too many people who were socially isolated would come out to a public presentation.  Instead, we hoped friends or family members would come in search of some tips to help their loved ones.

So we were both surprised and pleased that 2 people reported that they rarely socialized, and 6 said they sometimes socialized.  Why were we pleased?  If people who were socially isolated, or heading in that direction, came to the presentation, it suggested they wanted to be more social and were looking for ways to do so. In this instance those 8 people represented 33% of our audience.

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CHHA PEI members who helped out at the Andrews of Stratford presentation. Left to right: Annie Lee MacDonald, Debra Leuty, Nancy MacPhee, Brenda Porter. (Photo credit: Gerry Gray)

Comments in the evaluations included:

  • Very helpful and encouraging. Thank you.
  • Fantastic presentation.
  • Can identify with some difficulties and solutions to solve problems, and hope to use some.
  • I wish all presentations, sermons, etc, were as clear as yours was. (A comment about the sound system used)
  • The simplicity of the presentation made it all seem so easy.
  • I think sometimes we try to hide that we do not hear.
  • I am very deaf. My father was totally, mother about 8%, and siblings in varying stages.
  • Our dining room is extremely noisy so I miss conversation.

One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation.  18 answered yes and provided contact details.

The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.

A few more presentations are coming up on the island.  Don’t miss out!

  • November 15 at 2 pm – Seniors Club in North Rustico
  • November 20 at 1:30 pm – Arts and Heritage Centre in Alberton
  • November 27 at 2 pm – West River United Church in Cornwall

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

 

 

Successful ‘Demystifying Cochlear Implants’ Seminar In Charlottetown

November 5, 2017.  On October 14, 2017 CHHA PEI hosted a seminar presented by Dr. David Morris of Halifax, entitled ‘Demystifying Cochlear Implants’.  Dr. Morris gave an engaging and informative session, taking us through the basic principles of cochlear implants, how this technology began and evolved, and how a modern cochlear implant looks like today.

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Dr. David Morris at the lecturn. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

He also discussed the criteria for being a candidate for cochlear implant surgery, and how a person is evaluated. Some of the criteria include:

For adults (18 years and older):

  • Must have severe to profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Do not benefit from hearing aids.
  • Are post-lingually deafened (in other words, you once had hearing and heard speech)
  • What is the cause of the hearing loss
  • What is the commitment to follow-up care

For children (12 months and older):

  • Must have a profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Do not benefit from hearing aids
  • What is the cause of the hearing loss
  • What is the child’s educational placement
  • What is the family’s commitment to follow-up care

We then were taken on a brief ‘tour’ of the surgical process.  You sure need a steady hand to do this type of surgery!

The afternoon session included a panel discussion in which Dr. Morris asked two participants specific questions on their surgical experience and life before and after the surgery. This was fascinating for all participants.

The seminar ended with a final question and answer session.  Many of the questions had been submitted ahead of time and were answered during the day, making for a very informative event tailored to the audience.

Participants included those with cochlear implants, those on the road to a cochlear implant or on the waiting list for one, and supportive family members.

Besides Dr. Morris, we were joined by two sponsors, both firms who supply cochlear implants:  MED-EL and Cochlear Canada Inc., who were kept busy answering questions and providing information. Three other sponsors, Prince Edward Island Seniors Secretariat, Better Hearing Solutions, and ALDS, helped make this session affordable.  Tim Hortons provided us with coffee.

We thank all of our sponsors for their support.  Without it, we would not be able to have provided real time captioning.  It was the cost of real time captioning that made this an expensive seminar, but a cost that made it possible for everyone to participate, no matter what their level of hearing ability.

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Arturo Madrid-Zazueta, Area Manager of Cochlear Canada Inc. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

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Dr. Jodi Ostroff, Clinical Account Manager for Canada of MED-EL on left, and Beverley Elwell of the patient support team, on right. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

Please visit our sponsors’ visit to learn more about the awesome work they do in providing products, research, and information of interest to those who have hearing loss.

Cochlear Canada Inc: www.cochlear.com

MED-EL: www.medel.com and you can visit their blog at https://blog.medel.com/

Better Hearing Solutions:  www.betterhearingsolutions.ca and you can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BetterHearingSolutions

ALDS: www.alds.com

PEI Seniors Secretariat: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/executive-council-office/seniors-secretariat

The evaluations from this session were extremely positive, and provided great information for us as a Chapter and for Dr. Morris in his practice.  A sample of the many comments and suggestions is listed here:

  • Can we find an audiologist on PEI who has an interest in cochlear implants?
  • I really appreciate the work of the organizers and Dr. Morris for coming to speak to us.
  • Very well organized and an informative day. Thank you.
  • The presenter was excellent. It gives me a better understanding about cochlear implants.
  • So grateful for all the information. Enjoyed the presentation very much.
  • Happy to see the captioning.
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Back row, left to right: Curtiss Allum, Dr. David Morris, Roger Baillie. Front row: CHHA PEI member Alma Nunn with Dr Moriss’s daughters Louisa and Sabine. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

If you have a cochlear implant, or are on the journey to one, or are a supportive family member, please share your experiences and stories, the questions and fears you may have had.  We welcome your input!  (See Calling Cochlear Implant Users)

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg

 

The ‘Pardon Me What Did You Say?’ Roadshow In Charlottetown

November 3, 2017.  After a successful presentation of our newest publication, “Pardon Me, What Did You Say?  A Guide to Navigating in the Hard of Hearing World”, to 40 women at the Women’s Institute Fall Workshop at Sherbrooke Community Centre in Summerside, we gave a second presentation on October 17 at a Women’s Institute Fall Workshop in Charlottetown.  We were told 135 women were registered for this event.  I’m not sure if they all attended, only that we received feedback from 86 of them.

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CHHA PEI President Annie Lee MacDonald introduces presenter Brenda Porter. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

Of the 86 women who returned an evaluation form, 29 (33.7%) identified as having hearing loss while 57 said they didn’t.  60 women (69.7%) indicated that they had someone close to them who was hard of hearing.

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Brenda Porter addresses the women in Charlottetown. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

The feedback comments were all positive, and a few of them are included here:

  • Excellent information and very pleasantly presented.
  • Great tips to help a close friend – make me more mindful.
  • Tips were spot on.
  • Tips could help me teach nursing students.
  • This was very informative for hard of hearing people and also people with hearing who are communicating with hard of hearing people.
  • Very helpful presentation.
  • Very informative. Glad I came.
  • Quite informative tips that I know I will use as this past week I have been trying to get used to wearing a hearing aid.

One of the questions asked was whether people wanted to be contacted for a follow-up to the presentation.  39 (45%) answered yes and provided contact details.

The booklet is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, was written by members of CHHA PEI, and illustrated by artist Wayne Wright.

A few more presentations are coming up on the island.  Don’t miss out!  Drop by one of them.

  • November 8 at 2 pm – Silver Threads Seniors’ Club in Souris
  • November 15 at 2 pm – Seniors Club in North Rustico
  • November 20 at 1:30 pm – Arts and Heritage Centre in Alberton
  • November 27 at 2 pm – West River United Church in Cornwall

Do you have a tip or story to share about hearing loss, or living with someone who is hard of hearing?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.

© Daria Valkenburg