My name is Alisha Hyder and I am excited to be serving as the Administrative Assistant at Canadian Hard of Hearing Association for the summer.
I was born profoundly deaf. Nobody knew till about a year later, since I kept people guessing being able to react to vibrations and light. When my parents had me tested, I started with hearing aids and it didn’t make much of a difference. At that time, my parents didn’t realize that anything else was even possible. That’s when they learned about a cochlear implant. It was still a relatively new invention that when I got my implant at the age of 2 and a half years, I was one of the first to do so in Calgary.
I have received a lot of support throughout my life to get to where I am today. I graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Carleton University in 2017 and I am currently taking Sport Business and Event Management at Algonquin College. To be involved with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association was an opportunity I could not pass up to make a difference in the lives of others with a similar disability and I look forward to getting to know many of you!