Everyone Is Looking For Solutions To Hearing Loss!

May 9, 2018.  Lately, it seems as though every day there is some bit of ‘information’ on how you can improve your hearing – preferably without a hearing aid, thank you – or new research to ‘cure’ or ‘reverse’ hearing loss.  In this blog posting, we’ll look at some of these initiatives, and you can decide for yourself if they have merit or are simply too good to possibly be true.

First, some new products, all of which have an app to be downloaded onto your smart phone:

  1. You know how you can go to a Dollar store and buy yourself a cheap pair of readers, which basically magnify what your eyes can see? They don’t replace prescription eyeglasses, but for those with mild vision loss, the readers can do the trick. You won’t be surprised to learn that there is a hearing loss version of readers, called ‘hearables’, which you can access via smart phone technology.  Not as inexpensive as readers, they are still less expensive than hearing aids, and the app gives you a mini hearing test which then allows the app to customize itself for your needs.  Interested?  Read this man’s story:  https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/blogs/dont-call-iqbuds-boosts-hearing-aids-but-try-them.
  2. An Australian company offers a similar product, called ‘bluetooth buds’ that basically does the same thing as ‘hearables’, and they look the same. For that story, see this link: https://search.app.goo.gl/SB2QS.
  3. A third version of ‘hearables’ is called ‘Sonic Cloud’, which says it’s app can help you hear better when you use your smart phone to make a phone call, by allowing you to change the tone of a sound. Some of us hear lower tones better, others hear higher tones better, so it appears this app does more than amplify sound. See https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/12/soniccloud-raises-4m-to-bake-a-hearing-aid-into-phone-calls-through-an-app/ and https://www.soniccloud.com/.

Now, some new areas of research:

  1. An astonishing treatment by a team of researchers at the University of Southern California is proposing that hearing loss triggered by loud noises can be reversed by a salt and sugar solution. The premise? Fluid builds up in the inner ear a few hours after it’s been exposed to loud noise, and this fluid contains high concentrations of potassium. According to an article in Medical Xpress: “To reverse the effects of potassium and reduce the fluid buildup, salt- and sugar-based solutions were injected into the middle ear, just through the eardrum, three hours after noise exposure. The researchers found that treatment with these solutions prevented 45-64 percent of neuron loss, suggesting that the treatment may offer a way to preserve hearing function.” See https://search.app.goo.gl/Ft84o and http://neurosciencenews.com/noise-hearing-minimized-9002/.
  2. Researchers at the University of Southern California and Harvard University are working on medication, in the form of a liquid or gel, that attaches onto the inner ear to target damaged cells and encourage regeneration. Read more:

a)https://www.immortal.org/37171/researchers-may-have-new-treatment-for-hearing-loss/ and
b)https://news.usc.edu/140224/new-study-shows-hope-for-hearing-loss/ and c)http://www.techtimes.com/articles/224649/20180407/hope-for-hearing-researchers-working-on-novel-approach-to-treat-hearing-loss.htm

  1. 70% of patients who take a chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, experience irreversible hearing loss. Now, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have published a research article in the March 7, 2018 Journal of Experimental Medicine, outlining a preventative treatment they hope will prevent cisplatin- and noise-induced hearing loss in patients.  Read more: https://health.howstuffworks.com/medicine/medication/new-drugs-could-help-prevent-hearing-loss.htm and https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/researchers-identify-drug-that-protects-mice-and-rats-against-hearing-loss.
  2. And finally, if you still didn’t have enough reasons to quit smoking, here’s another one. A Japanese study has found that smokers were 70% more likely to develop hearing loss than those who never smoked. Read more: https://www.sciencealert.com/smoking-causes-higher-risk-of-hearing-loss.

If you’ve tried any of these products or treatments please share your experience!  And if you’ve tried any other treatments or products, let us know. You can email us at hearpei@gmail.com or comment on our blog at https://theauralreport.wordpress.comYou can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

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The Let’s Loop PEI Project – How You Can Access An Area With A Hearing Loop

April 27, 2018.  In two previous blog postings, an introduction to the Let’s Loop PEI project to encourage the installation of hearing loops was discussed.  We explained the concept of a hearing loop, and discussed some common questions regarding this technology.

As one of the objectives of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is to encourage hearing accessibility in public places, we are very grateful to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHA Foundation) for providing a grant to begin this project on Prince Edward Island.

The subject of this posting is to answer the questions many of you have asked about accessing a looped area:

  • I have hearing loss, but don’t wear a hearing aid or have a cochlear implantCan I still access the hearing loop in a place it’s been installed?
  • I don’t know if my hearing aid or cochlear implant has a telecoil activated.
  • I have a cochlear implant or hearing aid without a telecoil.  How do I access the hearing loop in a place it’s been installed?

If you have a telecoil activated in your hearing aid or cochlear implant, you don’t need to do anything further, except to know how to turn it on!  Ask your audiologist for what you need to do. Otherwise, here are some options:

a) If you have a hearing aid that has a telecoil, but it isn’t activated, ask your audiologist for help. An instruction sheet for your audiologist is provided here. (See audiologists info on t-coil connectivity)

b) If you don’t have a telecoil, but you have an iPad or iPhone, you can download the software for free at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loopbuds/id1111272148?mt=8. Then you simply plug OTOjOY earbuds into your device and you will access the hearing loop. Unfortunately, at present, there is no software for Android devices.

Loop buds for iPhone (2)

c) If you have no telecoil nor an iPad or iPhone, you can purchase a small receiver to access the loop. Then, as with the iPad or iPhone, you plug earbuds or earphones into the receiver to access the hearing loop.

PLR-BP1-Williams-Sound-Loop-System-Body-Pack-Rece

PLR-BP1-Williams-Sound-Loop-System-Body-Pack-Rece

d) If you have no telecoil nor an iPad or iPhone, one type of pocket talker has hearing loop software built into it. If you are a user of a pocket talker, you may want to upgrade to this type of pocket talker as it does double duty.

Pocketalker PKT2B (PKTD2.0) from Williams Sound

Pocketalker PKT2B (PKTD2.0) from Williams Sound

Please remember -the hearing loop system is universal.  Whatever works here on PEI for you, will work anywhere in the world that a hearing loop is installed!

Have you been in a place with a hearing loop?  Please share your experience!  You can email us at hearpei@gmail.com or comment on our blog at https://theauralreport.wordpress.comYou can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

The Let’s Loop PEI Project – Some Questions and Answers We’ve Encountered

April 27, 2018.  In the previous blog posting (See … The Let’s Loop PEI Project), an introduction to the Let’s Loop PEI project to encourage the installation of hearing loops was discussed.  We explained the concept of a hearing loop, and provided a few links for further information. As one of the objectives of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is to encourage hearing accessibility in public places, we were grateful to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHA Foundation) for providing a grant to get this project going on Prince Edward Island.

This posting discusses some of the questions we’ve encountered or had ourselves, and the answers to each question.  As this project unfolds, we will have more questions and in turn more answers!

#1.  The technology is old Our answer: Yes, and it’s still effective, relatively inexpensive, universal, and works anywhere in the world where a hearing loop is installed.  The physics of looping haven’t changed, only the hardware and methods of installation have changed.  The first plane flight was over 100 years ago.  We still fly on planes, but today’s planes look quite different from the days of the Wright brothers.

We all know how noisy airports are.  A hearing loop is available at the information kiosk at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Photo credits: Daria Valkenburg)

 #2. We already use BlueTooth, an FM System, Infrared, etc.  Our answer:  Blue Tooth is good technology for personal home and cellphone use, but has very limited use in the public square.

FM and Infrared hearing assistance systems are helpful technologies, but people are required to wear neck loops to access the system through their hearing aids, or have to remove their hearing aids and use a headset.  People with hearing loss already feel a stigma!  The irony is that hearing loss is a non-visible disability and most people like to keep it that way as they don’t want to be labelled as disabled.  Many people fear hearing loss will limit their career advancement, and the tendency is to try and hide it.

Hearing loss doesn’t only happen to adults.  Children can also have hearing loss.  Like adults, they don’t want to be labelled either by having to wear neck loops in situations where a discreet setting on a telecoil in a hearing loop or cochlear implant can work. In the ‘Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Community Consultations on Federal Accessibility Legislation – Year 2 Report’, Appendix 4: May 25, 2017: Youth and Technology Recommendations from the Young Adult Network of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, “the panelists spoke to the stigma they experienced, particularly in primary and secondary education, around technology in the classroom, as well as the need for increased awareness in the workplace.

See the ALSComparisonChart  for a comparison of Hearing Loops, FM System, Infrared.

#3.  How many people are going to use it?  We don’t want to be the only ones taking a risk.  Our answer:  How many people use a wheelchair ramp?  We wouldn’t consider not having one! And if no one wants to be first, where do you start?  40% of our Canadian population has some degree of hearing loss, and it isn’t decreasing.

Here is a link to a video illustrating how a Hearing Loop helps users with hearing loops on public transport at Sheffield Railway Station in England. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DBL2gDlrEo

In the next blog entry, we will discuss the various ways that you can access the loop in a looped area if you have hearing loss.

Have you been in a place with a hearing loop?  Please share your experience!  You can email us at hearpei@gmail.com or comment on our blog at https://theauralreport.wordpress.comYou can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

CBC Interview Re Tinnitus Seminar

April 26, 2018. On Thursday, CBC Mainstreet ran an interview we did about the upcoming seminar in May on tinnitus, THERE IS HOPE: Understanding & Managing Your Tinnitus”, presented by audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  (See here for more information on the seminar, including a registration form: Tinnitus Seminar on May 12 2018)

If you missed this broadcast, here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/mainstreet-pei/segment/15540239 and the write-up from the program description:

Tinnitus affects one in every five people and can range from a mild annoyance to a severe problem. The PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is a hosting a seminar on the condition and its treatment. Annie Lee MacDonald and Daria Valkenburg from the association gave Angela Walker the details.

Do you have tinnitus?  You are invited to share your experience by emailing us at hearpei@gmail.com or commenting on our blog at https://theauralreport.wordpress.comYou can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

The Let’s Loop PEI Project

April 26, 2018. One of the objectives of the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is to encourage hearing accessibility.  Let’s Loop PEI is a project to encourage the installation of hearing loops in public places.  Over the years, people with hearing loss had experienced them at conferences off the island and found they made an enormous difference in what was heard.

What is a hearing loop?  How do you explain something you’ve never installed?  “Well, it’s a wire that goes around an area that feeds from the speaker system and sends the sound signal through the wire to create a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by a cochlear implant or hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting, or through a listening device.  It’s magical.

photo of looping system

Diagram of a basic hearing loop system

If you went Huh? after reading that, here it is in a nutshell:  A hearing loop is like having WiFi for people with hearing loss. With WiFi, you are connected anywhere in the world, through your electronic device, as long as you are in the WiFi designated area.  You don’t need special cords to access, you only turn the setting on your device to access the WiFi offered.  The same technology for WiFi is available here on Prince Edward Island as it is anywhere in the world.

A hearing loop works on basically the same principle, although of course it’s not an internet.  Like WiFi, a hearing loop is inconspicuous, and any number of users within the looped area can use the system. People can discreetly adjust a setting on their hearing aid or cochlear implant to access the looped area, much like you would access a WiFi setting.

To give you an idea of the difference in sound with a hearing loop, here are two YouTube videos that demonstrate what a person with hearing loss experiences with or without a looping system.  Check it out for yourselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahbz0VvlZF0 (Asking for directions at a subway booth in the New York Subway System)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3XoVrUjfaY (Listening to a hymn in church)

Per the 2012 to 2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 40% of Canadians have some degree of hearing loss!  (See https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2016001/article/14658-eng.htm)  As of April 23, 2018, the population of Canada is 36,892,069, based on United Nations estimates.  (See http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/canada-population/).  40% of that figure is 14,756,827.  That’s the potential number of people who can use a hearing loop in Canada.

In PEI, the population as of July 1, 2017 was estimated at 152,021. (See https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/pei-population-report-2017.) 40% of the province’s population is 60,808.  And this doesn’t take into account the number of tourists with hearing loss who visit and attend various events during the summer months.

Several places were interested in the project, but with no one having international certification on the island, the project sat on the back burner for a few years.  While members had used a hearing loop, no one had a clue how it worked or what was needed to properly install one.  Hearing loops are not new on the island.  A number of places had installed them several decades ago, but then either removed them or forgot about them.

The project moved forward this year when the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHA Foundation) gave a grant to bring in looping expertise to train a few volunteers and have a few places looped so that people could have tangible proof of the difference a hearing loop can make.  Bill Droogendyk of Better Hearing Solutions was asked if he would be willing to help make the Let’s Loop PEI project a reality, and he said yes.

The Let’s Loop PEI project begins in May, starting with the South Shore United Church in Tryon.

Mar 18 2018 Pieter Jack Karen in sanctuary

Volunteers for the Lets Loop PEI Project at South Shore United Church in Tyron: Pieter Valkenburg and Jack Sorensen with Rev. Dr. Karen MacLeod-Wilkie. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

In the next blog entry, we’ll go through some of the questions and answers about hearing loops and the installation of a looped system in a public space.  In the meantime, if you’d like to read further on this topic, here is a link to an article written by social psychologist David Myer about why he feels churches should be installing hearing loops in churches: https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/david-g-myers-on-hearing-loss-in-worship-an-invisible-disability

Have you been in a place with a hearing loop?  Please share your experience!  You can email us at hearpei@gmail.com or comment on our blog at https://theauralreport.wordpress.comYou can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

 

CBC Radio Interview on Upcoming Tinnitus Seminar

April 25, 2018.  As a non-profit volunteer organization, we don’t have a lot of funding or time to do activities on a full-time basis.  But when we have a chance to participate in outreach activities, we clear our schedule and participate whenever possible.  As readers of this blog know, we are hosting a tinnitus seminar, THERE IS HOPE: Understanding & Managing Your Tinnitus”, presented by audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.

Last week, Angela Walker of CBC Radio invited us to the studio to speak about this upcoming seminar for the Mainstreet program.  That interview will run this afternoon, and if you are in the listening area, we encourage you to listen in.

Apr 19 2018 CBC Mainstreet interview re tinnitus seminar

Annie Lee MacDonald and Daria Valkenburg at the CBC PEI studio in Charlottetown. Don’t we look serious? (Photo credit: Angela Walker)

Tune in to 96.1 FM, CBC radio this afternoon (Wednesday, April 25, 2018), Mainstreet program, between 5:30 and 6 pm for an interview on the upcoming tinnitus seminar on May 12 at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.

A reminder about this important seminar: THERE IS HOPE: Understanding & Managing Your Tinnitus will be presented by audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  Pre-registration is mandatory.  The seminar fee is a modest $15 to help with expenses and ongoing outreach activities.  For more information, email us at hearpei@gmail.com.  More info and a registration form is here: Tinnitus Seminar on May 12 2018.

You can now follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

 Follow this link to our Upcoming Events page: Upcoming Events

© Daria Valkenburg

 

Outreach Day In Charlottetown

April 21, 2018.  On Friday, April 20, 2018, we hosted a booth at the Prince Edward Gerontological Nursing Association 13th Annual Education Day at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel in Charlottetown.  The day’s theme was ‘We can do better in enhancing our understanding of older adult care’.

The presentations were very interesting and informative, although it’s always surprising that hearing health tends to be left out of the discussions!  We would love to see that topic raised in future agendas.  Special kudos go to geriatrician Dr. Tim Stultz for noting in his presentation, ‘Best Practice Approaches for Accommodating the Behaviours and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia’, that auditory and visual differences in older adults need to be addressed.  He explained the need for obtaining a history of hearing issues from patients, assessing for ear wax, and ensuring that hearing aids are in and functional.

Dr Stultz also noted that he uses a pocket talker in his practice and found it of great benefit in communicating with his patients.  That comment resulted in a lot of interest in our booth, and several people asked to try out a pocket talker.  For many, it was the first time they had heard of it, while others said they used one in the facility they worked in.  One seminar participant shared that she had been diagnosed with dementia…..until it was discovered she had hearing loss.  She now uses two hearing aids.

Apr 20 2018 booth at PEI Gerontological Nurses Education Day in Charlottetown

Annie Lee MacDonald explains how a pocket talker works to participants at the Prince Edward Gerontological Nursing Association 13th Annual Education Day. (Photo credit: Tamzin Gillis)

It was an informative day, and we were delighted to have been asked to participate.  Our booth was well represented by Annie Lee MacDonald, Nancy MacPhee, Brenda Porter, and Daria Valkenburg.   Thoughts or suggestions on hearing loss issues that you’d like to see be part of discussions in older adult care?  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

© Daria Valkenburg

UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Topic: Travel Tips when you are hard of hearing.

June Chapter meeting:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Corman, Principal Advisor Senior’s Health at PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness, will give an update on the new Seniors Strategy for PEI.  CHHA PEI was a member of the consultation committee for this strategy.

Upcoming Seminar:  “THERE IS HOPE: Understanding and Managing Your Tinnitus”, with audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown, from 10:30 am to 1 pm.  Fee: $15/person.  (See Tinnitus Seminar on May 12 2018 for details and registration information.)

Upcoming Seminar: “MED-EL Cochlear Implant Systems” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, from 8:30 to 10 am. Fee: $10/person.  (See MED-EL CI Systems Seminar May 23 2018 for details and registration information.)

Upcoming Seminar: “What’s In Your MED-EL Box?” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Fee: $10/person. Open to those with MED-EL Cochlear Implants. (See Whats In Your MED-EL Tool Box Seminar May 23 2018 for details and registration information.)

Upcoming Seminar: “MED-EL Hearing Implant Systems and Candidacy Criteria” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, from 2 to 4 pm. Fee: $10/person. Open to Audiologists. (See MED-EL Audiologists Seminar on Hearing Implant Systems May 23 2018 for details and registration information.)

Upcoming Ceilidh Fundraiser you won’t want to miss: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Bonshaw Hall.  Half of the proceeds to benefit our Chapter!

 Upcoming Presentation of ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?”:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Andrews of Charlottetown.

 

What A Difference A Microphone Would Have Made!

April 17, 2018.  Most of the time, when people know you are hard of hearing, they do whatever they can to accommodate you, and make sure you are included in whatever is going on.  On very rare occasions, the opposite happens.  How do you deal with this?  Do you ignore it and shrug it off? Stay silent?  Or do you speak up?

Here’s an experience that happened last week.  In our local community, a non-profit organization has been working towards establishing a permanent health clinic after the local doctor moved out of the area.  One of the arguments used to gather support is the large number of seniors in the community who would benefit from having medical support nearby, as opposed to one of the two cities on the island.  People were invited to become members of the non-profit organization, and last Thursday a meeting was held to give an update.

The meeting was held in a theatre, which made sense given that it would have the microphones, etc, needed to host such a meeting.  You can imagine how surprised I, and everyone else, was to arrive at the theatre to find a table on the stage for the members of the Executive, but nary a microphone in sight!

I was in the front row, and when the meeting began, asked about a microphone.  The co-chair curtly told me that “there was no microphone, and it wasn’t needed as his voice was loud enough to carry through the entire theatre”.  I was put in my place!

Although I’m not a senior, my neighbour, who sat beside me in the front row, is and she couldn’t hear either. As the meeting continued, it was clear we weren’t the only ones having difficulty hearing.  In particular, the keynote speaker was difficult to hear.  People behind us kept asking “speak louder” and “repeat the question”.  There were 4 executive members on stage and another 14 directors in the audience, for a total board complement of 18.  Not one considered finding a microphone!

The evening was a complete waste of time! 

The evening was a complete waste of time!  We would have left if it hadn’t been that we had to wait for my neighbour’s husband to come and pick us up.  I was disappointed on two levels.  First, the secretary on the board owns the local pharmacy and has sponsored several of our Chapter activities.  Second, the theatre is one that a number of us attend and the management always makes sure those of us with hearing loss get front row seats for productions.  Therefore, it never occurred to me to ask ahead of time if there would be a microphone for a public meeting.  It seemed a no-brainer.

Later that evening, I wrote to the secretary and expressed my disappointment at the lack of a microphone.  She immediately wrote back, saying she sympathized, but that someone else had made the arrangements for the evening.  She would advise the board of my email.

Was I the only one to say something?  Lots of comments and complaints were made privately, but whether anyone else spoke up is unknown.

LESSONS LEARNED!

For me, the lessons learned are these:

  1. Ask ahead of time if a microphone will be available at a public meeting so that the presenters can be clearly heard.
  2. Speak up if you can’t hear during a meeting.
  3. Bring my own car so I can leave if a meeting is a waste of time!
  4. Never attend another meeting of this non-profit organization unless there is a change of Executive.

What would YOU have done?  Would you have walked out?  Do you agree that a microphone in a public meeting is the most basic of courtesies to expect?  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

© Daria Valkenburg

UPCOMING EVENTS

Outreach: On Friday, April 20, 2018, we will have a booth at the Prince Edward Gerontological Nursing Association 13th Annual Education Day at the Charlottetown Hotel in Charlottetown. 

Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Topic: Travel Tips when you are hard of hearing.

June Chapter meeting:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Corman, Principal Advisor Senior’s Health at PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness, will give an update on the new Seniors Strategy for PEI.  CHHA PEI was a member of the consultation committee for this strategy.

Upcoming Seminar:  “THERE IS HOPE: Understanding and Managing Your Tinnitus”, with audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  (See Hope and Help for Those Afflicted With Tinnitus)

Upcoming Seminar: “MED-EL Cochlear Implant Systems” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown.  (See MED-EL CI Systems Seminar May 23 2018)

Upcoming Seminar: “What’s In Your MED-EL Box?” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to those with MED-EL Cochlear Implants. (See Whats In Your MED-EL Tool Box Seminar May 23 2018)

Upcoming Seminar: “New Technology and Cochlear Implant Candidacy” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to Audiologists and other medical professionals. (See MED-EL Audiologists Seminar on Hearing Implant Systems May 23 2018)

Upcoming Ceilidh Fundraiser you won’t want to miss: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Bonshaw Hall.  Half of the proceeds to benefit our Chapter!

Upcoming Presentation of ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?”:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Andrews of Charlottetown.

 

Hearing Aid Rental Program Is Now Available On PEI and Alert Ready Is Coming In May

April 16, 2018.  On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 we had two guest speakers at our monthly meeting.  Our first speaker was Lynn Learie of Horizon Hearing, who spoke about the Hearing Aid Rental Program now available on PEI through Horizon Hearing.

The Hearing Aid Rental Program is similar to the one offered in New Brunswick through Avenir Hearing, as was explained at our November 2017 meeting with Dr. Denis LeBlanc (See Exploring The Option of Renting Your Hearing Aids).

The good news for Islanders is that now there are two firms offering the Hearing Aid Rental Program – Avenir Hearing in New Brunswick, and Horizon Hearing right here on PEI.  Horizon Hearing, based in Charlottetown, has satellite offices in Summerside and Montague.  (See Frequently Asked Questions:  Frequently Asked Questions Horizon Hearing) Contact information for Horizon Hearing is:

  • Toll free – 1-855-332-4327
  • Charlottetown – 902-892-4327
  • Summerside – 902-432-9152
  • Montague – 902-838-2279
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Daria Valkenburg, Tanya Mullaly, and Annie Lee MacDonald at the CHHA PEI meeting on April 10, 2018. (Photo credit: Brenda Porter)

Our second guest speaker, Tanya Mullaly, Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator for PEI discussed the ‘Alert Ready’ program.  The PEI Emergency Measures Organization is responsible to issuing public alerts for the Province of PEI.  Everyone present had a chance to hear the alarm that will be broadcast, and to learn about the types of emergency alerts issued by the Alert Ready program.  (See Public Alerting Fact Sheet:  Public Alerting Fact Sheet)

During the break, Tanya helped people who wanted to test if their cell phones had the “Alert Ready” software.  As a general rule, unless your phone is less than a year old, chances are yours does not have the “Alert Ready” software.  (Visit www.alertready.ca to check whether or not your specific device is compatible to receive the wireless alerts through your carrier.)

If you do have a phone with the software, you will hear the alarm, your phone will vibrate twice, and then this will be followed by a text message.

Please note that the next emergency public alert test will be conducted in PEI on May 9th at 1:55 pm, and will test all 3 modes of delivery, including radio, TV and wireless functions.  For more information, see Emergency Alert Test On PEI On May 9)

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (see below under Upcoming Events for more information), but we will be very busy with activities before then.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, we will have a booth at the Prince Edward Gerontological Nursing Association 13th Annual Education Day at the Charlottetown Hotel in Charlottetown.  We were delighted to be invited to participate in this important educational day for nurses.

Do you have a story or tip about hearing loss issues that are important to you? Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

© Daria Valkenburg

UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Topic: Travel Tips when you are hard of hearing.

June Chapter meeting:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Corman, Principal Advisor Senior’s Health at PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness, will give an update on the new Seniors Strategy for PEI.  CHHA PEI was a member of the consultation committee for this strategy.

Upcoming Seminar:  “THERE IS HOPE: Understanding and Managing Your Tinnitus”, with audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “So You’re On The Road To A Cochlear Implant” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “What’s In Your Box?” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to those with MED-EL Cochlear Implants. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “New Technology and Cochlear Implant Candidacy” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to Audiologists. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Ceilidh Fundraiser you won’t want to miss: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Bonshaw Hall.  Half of the proceeds to benefit our Chapter!

 Upcoming Presentation of ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?”:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Andrews of Charlottetown.

 

We Are Now On Twitter!

April 16, 2018.  One of the challenges of a volunteer organization such as ours is staying in contact, and providing timely information on upcoming events.  Last year we began the blog, The Aural Report, and today we joined the world of Twitter.

If you have a Twitter account of your own, follow us:  @HearPEI

Don’t have a Twitter account?  Go to https://twitter.com and set up your own account, then you can follow us, and anyone else you may find of interest.

Have patience with us as we learn our way through this new communication tool!  Tips and advice greatly appreciated!

Do you have a story or tip about hearing loss issues that are important to you? Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at hearpei@gmail.com.  And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI

© Daria Valkenburg

UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Chapter meeting: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Topic: Travel Tips when you are hard of hearing.

June Chapter meeting:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:30 am at North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  Guest speaker:  Dr. Michael Corman, Principal Advisor Senior’s Health at PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness, will give an update on the new Seniors Strategy for PEI.  CHHA PEI was a member of the consultation committee for this strategy.

Upcoming Seminar:  “THERE IS HOPE: Understanding and Managing Your Tinnitus”, with audiologist Dr. Heidi Eaton, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Seniors Active Living Centre in Charlottetown.  Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “So You’re On The Road To A Cochlear Implant” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D. Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “What’s In Your Box?” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to those with MED-EL Cochlear Implants. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Seminar: “New Technology and Cochlear Implant Candidacy” with Jodi Ostroff, Ph.D., Clinical Account Manager, MED-EL Medical Electronics,, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. Open to Audiologists. Watch for more details and registration information.

Upcoming Ceilidh Fundraiser you won’t want to miss: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Bonshaw Hall.  Half of the proceeds to benefit our Chapter!

Upcoming Presentation of ‘Pardon Me, What Did You Say?”:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Andrews of Charlottetown.