News & Events
May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month!
Communication is an extremely important aspect of everyday life. However, for the one in ten Canadians suffering a hearing, speech, or language problem, this communication is fraught with unique challenges. Speech and Hearing Awareness Month aims to educate and inform the public about speech and hearing conditions. The 2013 campaign is specifically aimed at early detection and intervention in children.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society will be celebrating Speech and Hearing Awareness month will daily updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages and a continued presence in the Calgary community. In addition, anyone who has questions about hearing is welcome to contact us to discuss their needs, at which point, an appropriate action plan can be developed. Contact our Hard of Hearing Coordinator by email.
The Georgina Thompson building parking lot next door to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Society (DHHS) will be under construction for the next week and a half to two weeks as they repave, fence and close off entrances.
Work will begin on Friday, May 10th with the main work occurring on Monday, May 13. NO parking is allowed on Monday. Limited parking only will be allowed until the job is completed. The new parking lot access will be located on the south east side of the parking lot with access from the back alleyway only. The two north side entrances will be closed off.
Parking is available on the street along Cornell Road. Work is expected to be completed by May 21st.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Society Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
63 Cornell Road NW, Calgary
A light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP by June 6th, 2013 to Kathy
Phone/TTY: 403-284-6200 Fax: 403-282-7006 Email: email@example.com
If you would like to vote at the AGM, please be sure your membership is renewed prior to the meeting. You can also purchase a new membership online.
To renew or purchase a DHHS membership follow this link. Purchase Membership Here
Memberships can also be purchased in person at our office Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm.
Seniors(65+) $20.00 Adult $25.00
Support DHHS in the Spartan Race!
The team at Audiology Innovations in Calgary will be running in the Spartan Race in August, and will be donating the money that they receive from pledges to DHHS! Contact Morgann by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to pledge!
The Hearing Conditions You Don’t Know About
from the website http://www.healthyhearing.com
Our ears are wonderful, complicated organs – and sometimes they experience some not-so-wonderful, complicated reasons for not functioning properly. Here’s a summary of a few hearing conditions with which you may not be familiar. In the next few articles, we will further explore each of these conditions.
Meniere’s Disease: Think you have a case of vertigo? If the condition persists, it may be Meniere’s Disease, a chronic inner ear disorder than affects balance and hearing. Health professionals believe Meniere’s disease is caused by an improper balance of fluid in the inner ear. Factors that might alter this delicate balance include migraines, allergies, head trauma, viral infections and the inability for the ear to drain properly. Some also believe heredity plays a role.
Diplacusis: Similar to the phenomenon of double vision, individuals with diplacusis have double hearing. These individuals experience a shift in pitch perception, causing them to hear one sound as two. Although musicians typically notice this condition more than others, it occurs frequently in individuals who have normal hearing in one ear and sensorineural hearing loss in the other. Individuals with conductive hearing loss may experience temporary cases of diplacusis.
Otitis Media: If you’ve recently had a cold and can’t hear well, you may have otitis media – otherwise known as a good, old fashioned ear infection. Seventy-five percent of children experience at least one case of otitis media by the time they are three years old. And, while this condition is typically considered a childhood disease, it can strike people of any age..
Acoustic Neuroma: Although acoustic neuroma is a rare condition, it’s the most common form of brain tumor and affects roughly two of every 100,000 people. This slow-growing benign tumor develops on the eighth cranial nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Symptoms can include loss of hearing in one ear, ringing (tinnitus), dizziness (vertigo) and balance problems.
Usher syndrome: Hearing health professionals believe Usher syndrome is responsible for three to six percent of all childhood deafness and 50 percent of deafness and blindness in adults. Symptoms include hearing loss or deafness, a vision disorder called retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and problems with balance. Usher syndrome is inherited. Children with type 1 Usher syndrome are profoundly deaf at birth, those with type 2 are born with moderate to severe hearing loss and those with type 3 are born with normal hearing with progressive hearing and vision loss occurring as teenagers or young adults.