CHHA “Living with Hearing Loss Webinar Series” presents:

Hearing and the Ear: Hearing Loss and Its Related Issues
Speaker: Willem Maessen M.Sc. Audiology
Friday May 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT

Join us on Friday May 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm for this free captioned webinar on hearing loss and its related issues. Willem Maessen will discuss hearing and the ear, focusing on hearing loss, dementia and other issues associated with hearing loss including both auditory and non-auditory. Willem will describe potential solutions for your hearing loss problems and introduce different hearing aids and speak about remote programming as a solution to today’s complex situations.

Willem will be happy to respond to any questions you may have. You can ask questions during the webinar or to be sure your questions are answered you can send them ahead of time to events@chha.ca and we will be sure Willem has the chance to look at them and provide answers.


Willem Maessen has been with ReSound Canada since 2016 as a Field Training Audiologist and a Territory Sales Manager. He received his M.Sc. in Audiology from Dalhousie University and worked in private practice for several years before joining ReSound. When Willem is not working he spends time outdoors and is a music enthusiast.


Accessibility in Post Secondary Education
Part 1 of a two-part series

Part 1 of this series explores the accommodation differences between high school and post secondary school. How to choose the post secondary school that is right for you and scholarships and financial aid. Laura Girardo is currently completing her Bachelors of Education degree at Queen’s University and is also on VOICE`s TOP committee to promote self-advocacy which is important to her because it is where she gained confidence and independence. Karina Cotran works in the field of communications and is also a published author of a collection of short stories that is central around growing up with hearing loss. She writes a blog (https://hearingdifferently.com/) about her day-to-day experience with living with hearing loss.

Part 2 of this webinar series will be on Saturday June 6, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 EDT

Being Hard of Hearing in a Pandemic Situation
A lighter look at coping with your hearing loss in a world of self isolation, masks and uncertainty

Gael Hannan is a humorist, public speaker and writer on hearing loss issues. In her 25 years of advocacy, Gael has created award-winning performance works and educational programs that explain the life with hearing loss and the tools for kicking down its barriers. She is a regular contributor to HearingHealthMatters.org, Canadian Audiologist journal, and other publications. Gael’s acclaimed book, The Way I Hear It, has received international acclaim from people with hearing loss and the professionals that serve them.

Inspire Democracy:
Make a Plan to Vote!!

Through this webinar, Elections Canada encouraged you to “Make a Plan” to vote, and they want to assist you in making a successful plan. This webinar was an exciting, interactive hour on what you need to ensure your vote is counted in the upcoming election. Guest speaker Lisa Drouillard joined Elections Canada in August 2014 as Director of Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement. Over the past 20 years in the federal government, Lisa has worked with a range of stakeholder groups, not-for-profits, research institutions and government departments on policy and program development.

Inspire Democracy:
Get Involved in the 2019 Federal Election


Event held on July 18, 2019 as part of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s Living with Hearing Loss Webinar Series. A Federal Election is being planned for Autumn 2019. Elections Canada has launched an initiative to better inform electors, about voting, and the different ways to take part in the democratic process for the next federal election. This webinar will explain more on the federal election, how you can participate and how you can apply to work at the election.

The Recipe for “Ear Candy”
(a.k.a., Listening That’s Understood!)

This webinar was held on June 8, 2019 as part of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s Living with Hearing Loss Webinar Series. The event focused on ingredients of ear candy (listening success) and how they can be sourced, put together and made. Karen MacIver-Lux shared some practical strategies that can be used by the listener and his/her loved ones to facilitate the development of new auditory skills and/or strengthen existing auditory skills. These practical strategies can be used naturally throughout the day at work or home within meaningful conversations and situations.

Youth Perspectives:
Changing attitudes towards people with non-visible disabilities

Event held in November 2017 as part of the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

Panel Discussion with Disability Community: recommendations towards the new federal accessibility legislation

Event held in May 2017 as part of the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project