May 21 to 23, 2015
Halifax, NS



March 30 2015, Halifax, NS — Silver Donald Cameron, acclaimed Canadian journalist, author, playwright, and university professor, recently gave us a glimpse of what it’s like to watch a loved one struggle with hearing loss.


“A beloved member of my family, now in her mid-nineties has been slowly slipping away from us for years because of her declining hearing. She has spent a lot of time nodding and smiling, but it’s been very clear that she was not catching much of what family members said to her. Now, she’s almost moved beyond the point where hearing aids can help, with the result that even though she’s still living, she’s really left us already, imprisoned within her endless silence.” – Silver Donald Cameron


Hearing loss affects more than 7 million people in Canada—people from all walks of life and age groups.  The impact of strained communication also affects a person’s parents, children, siblings, spouses and other family members and friends as well.


“The CHHA National Conference was life changing for me – I learned that I was not alone and that there were many solutions to living a life with hearing loss. It has been thirty-two years since my first conference and every year since the conference provides an opportunity to learn about current issues facing people who live with hearing loss, and be a part of an association which promotes advocacy, awareness and accessibility. CHHA has been a positive force in my life,” says Myrtle Barrett, President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.


“I’m very excited about the world-class lineup of workshop presenters at this year’s conference, including Dr. Juliette Sterkens, an advocate from the Hearing Loss Association of America who will lead a panel of experts in discussion about hearing loop technology,” commented Robert Corbeil, the Executive Director of CHHA National.


Join hundreds of people with hearing loss from across Canada at this year’s Canadian Hard of Hearing National Conference, May 21-23, 2015 in Halifax, to learn more about hearing loss and strategies that can help families communicate better.


Read about Myrtle’s experience at her first CHHA Conference.




Conference highlights:


Keynote speaker Dr. Steven Aiken is an Associate Professor of Audiology, Surgery, Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He will be discussing his innovative research on how the brain processes sound to uncover the details about how they are encoded in the brain, and will help to improve diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. His research has been published in high-quality scientific journals and presented to scientists, audiologists and other health care professionals around the world.


Dr. Juliette Sterkens, AuD. is a former Audiology practice owner who retired after 30+ years in the field of audiology and hearing aid technology to become the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Hearing Loop Advocate. She will be leading an informative panel discussion with industry experts on the benefits of looping systems, and how to bring this technology to the forefront of hearing accessibility here in Canada. She will also discuss hearing loop movements, advocacy efforts and all that is happening with loops in the United States of America and how we can work together to make loops happen here in Canada.

Dr. Catherine Aquino-Russell has focused her research on university students in Canada and women from across the Maritimes, who have left intimate partner violence and what their experiences of living with a different sense of hearing have meant to them.


Joanne DeLuzio is an Adjunct Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at the University of Toronto. She will talk about Computer-based Auditory Training and Speech Reading Programs for Adults.


Also, CHHA members Gladys Nielsen and Joanne Craig will demonstrate the positive benefits of Hard of Hearing Hospital Kits in Action.


In addition, you will be able to interact with experts at our exhibitor show, and don’t miss our Exhibitor’s Networking Reception on Thursday, May 21st 2015.


The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. We work cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies to provide information that will help Canadians live successfully with their hearing loss.



WHAT: 2015 Canadian Hard of Hearing Association National Conference
WHERE: Westin Nova Scotian – 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 2P6

WHEN: May 21-23, 2015


For more information, or to register please call 1-800-263-8068 or email

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