Who We Are

The National Capital Region Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is a non-profit, self-help consumer group. Everyone who supports the objectives of CHHA can become a member of CHHA-NCR. We welcome all persons who have a hearing loss, their family, friends, co-workers, as well as hearing health care professionals, supporting businesses and facilities.

  • To help hard of hearing persons adjust and cope with their hearing loss by promoting aural rehabilitation classes.
  • To improve the accessibility of public facilities through research, advocacy and periodic monitoring.
  • To provide hard of hearing persons with information on accessible facilities in the National Capital Region.
  • To help individuals in need of hearing aids and devices obtain them regardless of their financial status.
  • To promote the education of the public, social institutions, professionals and the hard of hearing themselves about hearing-related problems and the available solutions.
  • To provide an accessible environment where members can socialize from time to time.

More Information
CHHA-NCR Factsheet


History

From 1975 to 1988 the CHHA-NCR Branch went through three distinct phases. During "Phase 1", the group functioned as an informal, unstructured self-help club run entirely by volunteers, in "Phase 2" it became a more formally structured organization and in "Phase 3", it became incorporated as a formal Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and continues to be to this day. At all times it acted as an advocate, consumer and knowledgeable friend to people living with hearing loss in the greater Ottawa area. Membership in the group was open to any adult over the age of 18 who self-identifies as having a hearing loss whose mode of communication was by speech or other individuals who support the objectives of the Branch. The major activities of the NCR Branch has included newsletters (since discontinued), regular meetings, educational presentations and workshops, AGMs, fundraising and other special events (such as Gala nights) which are still organized exclusively by volunteers who give their time and energy to their community.