Walk2Hear 2015 – Improving Public Accessibility

Hearing in venues such as restaurants, performing arts theatres and churches are a challenge for many hard of hearing persons. Few such venues have adequate sound and listening systems. The provision of speech-to-text or captions in public venues is virtually non-existent. But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Hard of hearing persons are taking up the challenge to improve accessibility in their communities. The Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is embarking on a campaign to improve the hearing accessibility of community venues. Further, it has declared that the theme of its Fifth Annual Walk2Hear will be Improving Public Accessibility.

Details of the walk are:

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015

Location: Jericho Beach Park, East End.  The meeting place is between 2nd Ave. and Wallace Street.

Fundraising goal: $10,000

Registration: Between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM; Walk begins at 10:00 AM.

Note: Anyone of any age can register.  Persons wanting to register or to sponsor a registered walker can just click on this link: Vancouver Walk2Hear – September 27, 2015.  As well volunteers are welcomed – just sent us an email.


CHHA Vancouver Branch is a consumer-based, non-profit, self-help organization working with hard of hearing consumers and their support networks to decrease isolation and remove barriers to hearing loss by providing: supportive environments, education, resources, referrals, and advocacy.  CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions.


For more information please contact: Ruth Warick, President of CHHA-Vancouver, at chhavancouver@gmail.com.



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CHHA Vancouver Branch is pleased to announce that its next educational meeting will be on Hearing Loss Prevention.

The Speaker will be Sasha Brown, M.Sc., RAUD /Occupational Audiologist at WorkSafe BC.

 Date: Wed, March 11th at 7 pm

Location:  Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver

For a map of the location go to http://kitscc.com/


Sasha Brown obtained her Master of Science (Audiology) from UBC in 2000 and has been working at WorkSafeBC since. She started in the Hearing Loss Unit working with people with Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims. She then moved to Health Care Services, where she oversaw the delivery of hearing aids, hearing aid services and batteries to those with accepted hearing loss claims. These two positions together allowed her to see the significant social and financial implications of Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss, and the need to reduce, or ideally, prevent its occurrence. Sasha is now in Prevention and Occupational Disease Initiatives attempting to impact the prevalence of ONIHL.

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Walk2Hear 2014: Thank you to all our wonderful supporters!


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Walk2Hear Grand Prize: Air Canada tickets

Thanks to ongoing support from the Air Canada Foundation, this year’s grand prize will be, again:

Two Economy Class return tickets for travel to any Air Canada scheduled destination in North America (including Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and select sun destinations).

Travel must be completed one year from the date of the event and blackout periods apply.

The approximate commercial value of the pair of tickets is $4200.

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Walk2Hear on Sept.28, 2014

Our annual Walk2Hear will take place at Jericho Beach on Sunday September 28, 2014! See: https://chhavancouver.ca/walk2hear-vancouver-2014/.

Walk2Hear videos are now posted.

See: http://www.chha.ca/documents/Walk2Hear_Video.pdf.

Registration is now OPEN. Please sign up now to participate in Walk2Hear 2014! For further information and to register, please visit the CHHA Vancouver Walk2Hear information page

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CHHA-BC Annual Meeting June 7

CHHA-BC Annual Meeting June 7th – Deadline to register May 31, 2014

CHHA-BC is having its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 7th at BC Family Hearing Centre, 15220 – 92nd Avenue in Surrey, 9:30 am to 3 pm. Lunch is provided. RSVP is required by May 31, 2014. Please contact the office through email: info@chha-bc.org or by telephone: 1 866 888 2442. Registration is required by clicking here.

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Free Hearing Health Fair

Hello All,
We would like to make you aware of an upcoming event held by Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Details below!
Courtney Walliser
CHHA-BC Receptionist

Join us for our Free Hearing Health Fair on Wednesday May 28th, 2014. Come on out to learn about hearing aids, wireless devices, communication strategies, and tinnitus.

Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn – Vancouver Centre (711 W. Broadway)


1) Keynote Speaker: Gael Hannan, Hearing Loss Consultant and Advocate (www.gaelhannan.com ).
2) Communication Strategies: Dr. Lisa Dillon Edgett, Vancouver Community College Speech Reading Program and UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
3) Update on New Hearing Aid Technology: Charles Fontaine, Audiologist and Manager, Willow Office, WIDHH
4) Wireless and Assistive Devices: Henry Lam, Audiologist and Clinical Supervisor, West 7th Office, WIDHH
5) Tinnitus and Treatment Options: Sandra Baker, Audiologist and Manager, Tri-cities Office, WIDHH.

Also free hearing screenings and an Exhibit Hall, featuring hearing aid manufacturers and services providers for the senior community. At the end of the fair, we will also hold a special Q&A Session as follow-up to the recent CHHA Forum on Cost of Hearing Aids.

Morning Coffee and Light Lunch provided.

Pre-registration encouraged. Please email info@widhh.com with number of guests attending.
Fully hearing accessible (sign language interpreting, real-time captioning, assistive devices).
For more info, please email gshyng@widhh.com. We hope to see you there!

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