Mentoring: Friendly Support to Help Manage Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians and affects all age groups.  The 2013 Stats Canada numbers show 7% of people aged 19-39, 16% of people aged 40-59 and 47% of people aged 60-79 experience some form of hearing loss.  Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual and sometimes we may not know we are experiencing a hearing loss.  There are many causes ranging from excess noise, illness, aging, genetic factors and pharmaceuticals.

Some signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
  • Being able to hear people’s voices but not understand the words spoken
  • Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
  • Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
  • Trouble understanding women’s and children’s voices
  • Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away

If you are experiencing any or some of these symptoms, it is important to discuss this with your doctor to see if you need a hearing test.

On average, it can take up to 7 years for someone to acknowledge and act on hearing loss.  There are many factors which impact why a person may or may not acknowledge this be it lack of awareness, feelings of embarrassment, shame or denial.  The latest research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged the harder it is to learn to manage the change.

An important factor is the change that happens in our brains.  Brains are relatively ‘plastic’ and as our hearing decreases important brain functions don’t get exercised and we lose them.  Use or lose it.  The good news is we can retrain our brain.

Also, those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.  However, hearing loss does not need to mean living less.  There are supports out there.

Mentoring programs are one type of support that can alleviate the social impact of hearing loss.  People with shared lived experiences are matched together and work on building skills and strategies to help manage day to day challenges.  This is commonly known as mentoring.  Programs like these have an impact as it has been shown that participants experience significant improvement of quality of life.  No one has to go it alone.

Peer-to-Hear at Deaf & Hear Alberta provides this support.  Our program matches adults dealing with hearing loss with someone who has walked a similar path and now wants to offer support.  Learning to manage hearing loss can be a challenging journey.  Sometimes all it takes is some friendly support from someone who understands and has had similar experiences.  Hearing loss does not need to be a barrier to fully participating in one’s community.

For more information about peer mentoring for those living with hearing loss, please contact Deaf & Hear Alberta 403-284-6200 or

Written by: Kylie Bradbury, Peer Mentoring Coordinator at Deaf & Hear Alberta

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Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Consider the Home-Start program.

Social Committee Volunteers Needed!

Interested in getting involved? Volunteer to enhance your community and join our Social Committee!

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Kindergarten 2017-2018

Hello to all potential Cambrian Heights School, Kindergarten Parents

On Monday, January 9th Cambrian Heights School opens its registration for Kindergarten.

Welcome to Cambrian Heights! ……Our school is a vibrant, engaging environment with a committed focus on foundational learnings, inquiry-based exploring and “failing forward” for all our students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

On Monday, January 9th Cambrian Heights School opens its registration for Kindergarten. 

We provide a Reggio-based Kindergarten program which involves an emphasis on play-based-learning and helps to cultivate children’s curiosity, wonder and imagination.

Literary and Numeracy are our foundational focus and we help students to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills around learning about our world.

We are excited to welcome you and your child into our Cambrian Heights School community and encourage you to contact our front office to book a personalized tour at 403-777-6150 in the New Year 2017.


Scott Jeffrey, Principal

Cambrian Heights School

640 Northmount Dr. N.W.

Calgary, T2K 3J5



Bottle Drive & Charity BBQ

Deaf & Hear Alberta is having a Bottle Drive & Charity BBQ on Saturday September 17, 2016.

Drop off your cans, bottles, juice boxes and milk cartons and join them for a charity BBQ!


Deaf & Hear Alberta
63 Cornell Road NW

or call to pick up your bottles September 6-16 at 403-284-6200


Home-Start Needs Your Help!

Home-Start is a unique program in that it is facilitated by caring, committed volunteers with parenting experience and a heart for families with young children. Volunteers offer friendship and practical support to a family for 2-4 hours per week.  The relationships built and support offered make a huge difference in strengthening families!  

We are looking for special people in your community!


Successful Community Cleanup

The Community Cleanup Program led by Calgary Community Standards (formerly Animal & Bylaw Services) would like to thank the Community Association,  volunteers and the residents for a job well done at the Community Cleanup this year.

Thank you for your community spirit and hope to see you again next year!


Major Road Work Projects for Cambrian Heights Summer 2016

There are some major and minor road work projects slated for Cambrian Heights in 2016.

The most notable project is a large one involving Northmount Drive NW (between Cambrian Drive & 4th Street). In addition, I would expect another large project involving 14th Street will also have an impact on our community, especially is it relates to the morning/afternoon commuter traffic.

In addition, many areas, particularly on the west side of Cambrian Heights, are slated for micro surfacing.

Details on the City’s 2016 road work plans can be found here:

Edelweiss Preparatory School Highlights from our year

Edelweiss Preparatory School operates in the Cambrian Heights Community Association hall. We have been here since 1988  and we continue to enjoy our relationship with this lovely community that has been so supportive of our school over the years contributing to the longevity and success of the school.

During this 28th year, the Edelweiss students have had a wonderful school year full of educational experiences! They have had weekly Science experiments with Captain Science and weekly Music & Spanish lessons with amazing teachers.

Various classes went on field trips to the Corn Maze, the Aerospace Museum, Alberta Ballet, The Fish Hatchery, Mt. Pleasant Art Centre, Safety City and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Of course, the yellow school bus ride is always a big highlight no matter where we take them!

They have benefitted from in class presentations from the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the Humane Society, Pedal Heads Bike Safety,  Clay for Kids and Christopher Cool the Magician’s shows on Halloween Safety and Recycling. The Kindergarten students have learned about different cultures complimented by special presenters from 10 countries in the world.

At Christmas, the children took part in an Artist in Residence program  and after the workshops performed the Nutcracker in a Nutshell to the delight of their parents.

The Kindergarten children have an enriched art program including studying the works of famous artists and exposure to various techniques and mediums such as paper mache, Chinese brush painting, soapstone carving and pottery to just name few.

As part of our Virtues program, the children have learned 10 different virtues to help them develop holistically. Edelweiss is an endorsed  ECO HEALTHY child care program and we teach the children monthly thematic units on the environment and how to care for our world and each other.

This year Edelweiss won an award in the Best Preschool category from Calgary’s Child for the ninth time!

To end off the year the children enjoyed a concert from Ballooner Landing TV hosts Lee & Sandy Paley and a Butterfield Acres Petting Farm came to Edelweiss for a fun western themed day!

We have preschool classes for 3-year-olds,  Jr. Kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds and Kindergarten for 5-year-olds. If you are interested to know more about our programs and availability, please contact us at 403-282-4220 or visit the school website

CHCA Members receive discount at Cloverdale Paints

Thanks to the Efforts of the Federation of Calgary Communities members of CHCA may now obtain a discount when using Cloverdale Paints. Please print out this card to obtain the discount at your local store. Please check their website for the store nearest you.

Cloverdale Paint Club Member Card