Message from the Executive Director

From the Desk of Christopher Sutton
National Executive Director
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Although we picture the lazy hazy days of summer, July and August have been very busy at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.  From submitting various funding proposals, standards and accessibility committees and wrapping up the national conference, there have been lots of activities happening to ensure that your voice is being heard!

Feedback tells us that the 2019 Montreal Educational Conference and Trade Show was very successful. We thought we would share some of the comments with you:

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, meeting people from other provinces, exchanging experiences.
  • Great job, great venue, great conference!!
  • The panel was awesome the comedy night was awesome! I took home more info regarding prevention, accessibility, Bill C-81… and socializing with wonderful people from all across the globe!
  • Of all the CHHA conferences I’ve been to this was the best one. I enjoyed all the workshops, presentations, banquet, meeting other hard of hearing people etc. The trade exhibits were good and hopefully next conference will see more hearing aid companies involved….

Thank you to everyone who attended and provided valuable feedback. We are examining all comments submitted, as they will play an important part in the development of the next national conference.

In addition, we have been actively working with Elections Canada, through what we call, Canada Votes 2019 to ensure all hard of hearing Canadians have resources to be engaged in the election process and have access to vote.  If you missed our most recent webinar on Inspire Democracy:  Get Involved int the 2019 Federal Election, you can view it on our website.

The strategic planning sessions for the national board are being planned for November 2019.  Lots of work is going into data/information collection and preparation for these meetings. You will be consulted throughout the process to ensure your organization is meeting the needs of our networks and members from coast to coast to coast.

This edition of iListen is packed with information on hearing loss.  In the upcoming editions we will be introducing some new regular columns. The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is your organization and we want to hear from you.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed, please send them to

Enjoy the rest of your summer, we look forward to communicating with you!



Christopher T. Sutton
National Executive Director