December 7, 2018. We’ve been busy for the past few weeks preparing for the holidays. The house has been filled with the aroma of Christmas cookies, as I’ve been neglecting many things in order to have my annual baking frenzy. My bemused husband keeps saying, “Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy the cookies?” Poor guy just doesn’t get it. Baking is part of the fun, at least for me.
In between baking sessions, Annie Lee and I found time to visit the CBC studio in Charlottetown to share some gifts of interest to those with hearing loss with Angela Walker of Mainstreet PEI.
If you missed the blog posting on holiday gift ideas, you can click here: What Someone With Hearing Loss Might Like For A Holiday Present…..
CBC posted the link to the interview with this summary: “Our friends Annie Lee MacDonald and Daria Valkenburg from the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association drop by the studio with some holiday gift suggestions that could really provide some clarity for loved ones who might have some difficulty hearing.” See https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/mainstreet-pei/segment/15644737
And CBC posted a web article with 5 gift suggestions, taken from the interview: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-5-things-hard-of-hearing-x-mas-1.4933522
One of the items mentioned in the interview, and in the earlier blog posting, is a chair loop pad. After treating himself to an early Christmas present, Rheal Leger wrote us about his experience: “My goodness it works. I hear in both ears – genius device. We have a hideaway bed. I installed the device underneath the cushion. Then I plugged it into the TV and voila. Very easy to install. I could have also put the device under the sofa. For it to work you need to be seated where the device is. Forgot to mention the TV volume is only at 6 and it’s loud enough trust me. This is a gem. Now I’m looking forward to try it in the car.” Clarity of sound. You can’t beat that!
If you have a favourite gift idea for someone with hearing loss, let us know. Email us at email@example.com or comment on our blog. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HearPEI.
Here is one suggestion for those who love goodies to eat, or for a homemade gift, but don’t have the time or interest in baking….. CLIA (Community Legal Information Association of PEI) is selling homemade plum puddings as a fundraiser, with half the proceeds going to CLIA and half to the Humane Society. Annie Lee purchased one, and it arrived beautifully wrapped. What a great service! If you want one, contact Pat at 902-566-4388, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss our upcoming events:
- Event in Venue Equipped With A Hearing Loop: UPCOMING CONCERT: Sorensen Christmas Concert at South Shore United Church in Tryon, 7:30 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018. “The Shepherds Were the First to Hear”, held in the sanctuary. Lunch and a time for Christmas socializing will follow the concert. Admission is a freewill offering which will be donated to the Church Building Fund. This venue is equipped with a hearing loop for the benefit of those with hearing loss. If you have never heard the clarity of sound through a hearing loop, this is an opportunity to try it out.
- Event in Venue with Real Time Captioning and a temporary hearing loop: The PEI Human Rights Commission & Town of Stratford are hosting Human Rights Day 2018 at Stratford Town Hall, Monday, December 10, 2018, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This year’s event is to celebrate 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to introduce the new vertical $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond of Nova Scotia. This event will have real time captioning available for the benefit of those with hearing loss, as well as a temporary hearing loop so you can experience the clarity of sound. We will be there to answer any questions as well.
Check out our Upcoming Events page for even more events. (See https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/)
© Daria Valkenburg