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Hamilton

We provide hearing tests, hearing aid services, hearing healthcare, mental health counselling, general support services, sign language interpreting and communication devices products.

About CHS Hamilton

Located near St. Joseph’s Hospital on the second floor of the Cooper Building, CHS Hamilton has been serving the Greater Hamilton area and Burlington for 45 years and is the second-oldest CHS location after Toronto. CHS Hamilton has been at 21 Hunter Street East for more than five years. Our recently renovated office includes a fully functioning communication devices room for our clients to test accessible devices. CHS Hamilton is located across from the GO train and bus station, offers complimentary parking for visitors (stall numbers 15, 17 and 18) in the lot on the east side of the building, and is fully accessible. 

Communication Devices

We offer expert advice, sales, installation and training on a wide range of communication devices to enhance communication for culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

We’re here to help you find the best technical solutions, at the best price, to enhance communication in your home or at your business, organization or facility.

Visit our fully functional communication devices testing room. Try different devices to see what best fits your needs and speak to our experienced staff for answers to all your questions.

Languages: ASL, English

Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Educational Support Services

If you’re a culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened or hard of hearing part-time student registered at a publicly-funded Ontario college or university, you can apply for free classroom accommodations so you can participate in the classroom experience.

Educational Support Services are offered at most CHS locations.

For more information or to find a location near you, contact:
Phone toll-free:  1-877-347-3427
TTY toll-free:  1-877-347-3429
Email: ess@chs.ca

Sign language interpreters

Ontario Interpreting Services at CHS provides American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpreting services across Ontario, and la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)–French interpreting services primarily in the Ottawa and Sudbury regions, but arrangements can be made for other locations in the province.

For your convenience, all bookings are done through our centralized scheduling centre in Ottawa.

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 AM-8 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM

For more information or to book an interpreter, contact:
Phone:  1-855-656-3748
TTY: 1-877-843-0368
Skype: callois.chs
Email: requests@oischs.ca
Fax: 1-855-656-3750

Hearing tests

We offer hearing tests for adults and children aged 3 years and over. If you have a hearing loss, our experienced audiologist will help find the best solution for you.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered: English, ASL

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336
Email: jpayne@chs.ca

Hearing aid services

If you need a hearing aid for the first time or want to replace one you already have, our experienced audiologist will make sure you find the one that’s right for your hearing loss and your budget.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered: English, ASL

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336
Email: jpayne@chs.ca

Hearing Help classes

Don’t give up your favourite activities because of hearing loss. We offer Hearing Help classes so you can learn about:

  • hearing loss and hearing aids
  • communication devices
  • speech reading and communication strategies
  • assertiveness training and stress management
  • and much more

Meet other people with hearing loss and share common experiences. Bring your spouse or a friend so you can both benefit.  

Classes are offered in an accessible classroom that is looped for your convenience. This allows you to switch on your hearing aid T-coil so you can hear without interference from ambient noise. Ask us about this accessible feature.

You can also request a presentation or question and answer session with our audiologist during Hearing Help classes.

We offer 6 to 8 week sessions in the Fall and Spring, depending on demand. A minimum of 6 participants is required.

There is a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.

For more information or to register:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Email: jgittings@chs.ca or sgrinyer@chs.ca

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CONNECT Counselling

We offer free professional counselling services to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals of all ages, and their families, dealing with mental health issues, addiction, relationship problems, domestic violence or other serious challenges.

Languages: ASL, English (with ASL interpreter)

Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336
Email: csmall@chs.ca

General Support Services

We offer free guidance, advocacy, support and counselling to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals who request assistance to manage everyday life events including completing government forms and developing strategies to cope with hearing loss.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Languages: ASL

Workshops

We partner with Crossfire Assembly to provide the Hamilton Deaf community with workshops on a variety of health and wellness topics such as:

  • diabetes care
  • healthy eating
  • bedbugs
  • community policing
  • Video Relay Services
  • budgeting
  • understanding the information on food labels

Workshops are offered the 3rd Wednesday of each month,  1PM- 4PM, September to June (no workshops in July or August) at 458 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario.

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336

Hearing Care Counselling

If you’re 55 or older and have a hearing loss, we offer free counselling services to help you improve communication with family and friends, stay involved in social activities, and remain safe and independent at home. Home visits can be arranged as required.

We also serve younger adults (aged 19 and over) with other challenges as well as hearing loss who require home-based services

Our counsellors can also educate care providers, service providers and support groups on how to provide accessible services for people with hearing loss.

Languages: ASL, English

Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336

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Family Communication Program

This individualized sign language instruction program helps parents continue developing their sign language communication skills to keep pace with their school-aged children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It is only available at CHS Hamilton.

Sessions

  • 9 two-hour sessions
  • a schedule is arranged between the instructor and the family 
  • an initial meeting between the family and instructor is accompanied by a sign language interpreter to help facilitate goal setting and discussion

Languages: ASL

Fee: $100 (exceptions apply)

For more information:
Phone: 905-522-0755 or 519-753-3162 (voice mail)
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336
Email: bdavidson@chs.ca

Sign language classes

For Individuals

Sign language classes at CHS offer you an enjoyable and effective curriculum to learn

American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction, videotext and role-playing. Our qualified Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum that teaches both ASL and Deaf culture to help you better understand the communication needs of the Deaf community.

Classes require a minimum of 11 students (14 students maximum).

Our ASL courses are recognized for credit by local colleges and universities. Ask us how.

Payment accepted by VISA, MasterCard, cash, debit (no cheques)

Complete this form to register.

For Businesses, Schools, Agencies
We offer group instruction for businesses, agencies and schools with a customized course that meets your needs. Contact us for more information and group rates. To learn more about sign language classes for businesses, click here.

For more information or to register:
Phone: 905-522-0755
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-817-8208
Fax: 905-522-1336
Email: jpayne@chs.ca

Material Fees
Levels Fee
ASL 101 - 103 $100 for Level One Book and DVD
ASL 201 - 203 $100 for Level Two Book and DVD
ASL 301 - 305 $100 for Level Three Book and DVD

   * Please indicate preference upon registration.


 

Spring 2014 Class Schedule
Course Days Starts Duration Time Course Fee
ASL 101 Wednesdays March 19, 2014 10 Weeks 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $175.00
ASL 201 Tuesdays March 18, 2014 10 Weeks 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $175.00
Early Summer Session
ASL 101 Monday and Wednesday June 2, 2014 5 Weeks 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $175.00
ASL 101 Saturdays June 7, 2014 5 Weeks 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM $175.00

 

Registration for Spring Session and Early Summer Session starts February 3, 2014.

 

Video Conferencing Services

Bring people together at different sites across Ontario for one-on-one or group meetings, interviews and training sessions and save travel time and money with our state-of the-art video conferencing services. 

Hours: By appointment only

Languages: English, ASL

For more information: 
Email: vcon@chs.ca

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Consultations

Office Information

CHS Hamilton

21 Hunter St. E.,
2nd floor
Hamilton, ON
L8N1M2

Contact Information

905-522-0755
1-877-817-8208
905-522-1336
Contact Form

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Additional Info

Metered street parking and limited on-site parking
Wheelchair accessible
Languages: English, ASL 

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