Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (27 June-3 July)

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Sunday 3 July

One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to offer a positive and solutions-focused approach to managing the challenges that hearing loss throws at us in our working life.  Too often, it feels, we are dragged down into negativity where life simply becomes too hard and disabling and I wanted to counter that with positive stories of people’s lives, tips for managing situations and advice on new technology that can offer support.  

This week gave me reason to be hopeful for the future.  Firstly, I came across two blogposts that really stood out.  One was from Totaljobs.com and included interviews with two deaf people who described their experiences and challenges at work.   It stood out because totaljobs.com is such a mainstream website and therefore it was great to see people with hearing loss on there, talking about their working life and raising the profile of hearing loss amongst working age adults.  The second blogpost was by Stu Nunnery, sharing his perspective on hearing loss awareness.  What struck me was the positive tone he used, and I found myself agreeing with him, that never before has hearing loss had such a high profile, or been discussed so much in the media.  

The other news to give me hope was the continuing work being supported by NHS England on their Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the debate it prompted in Parliament earlier this week.  

Taken together, they make me wonder if we are beginning to witness a sea-change of opinion about hearing loss in working age adults (as opposed to older people) where people will no longer feel it is stigmatising to admit to being deaf and to wearing a hearing aid or using other assistive devices.  Does anyone else feel the same way?

As always, these, and other updates, are included below along with my regular roundup of job opportunities, conferences and events.   

  • Blogpost: What’s it like to be deaf in the workplace?
  • Parliamentary debate on the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss
  • Deafblind awareness week
  • Phonak’s rechargeable hearing aid
  • Summer webinar series on tinnitus
  • Overcharging for hearing aids in Australia
  • Blogpost: Hearing Loss Awareness
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops 

NB – I’ll be taking a break next week so the next post will be in two week’s time

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (20-26 June)

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Sunday 26 June

So this week, highlights have been ‘Brexit’; the 2016 convention for the Hearing Loss Association of America; a call for a public health campaign across the UK; and some research on musicians and hearing loss.  In addition, Hearing Link launched a survey on telephone use; there are some tips for travellers and a couple of technology updates on hearing aids and rechargeable batteries.  These and other snippets are included below along with a range of jobs that have been advertised (including a call for trustees from Action on Hearing) and a regular update on conferences and events.   

  • Blogpost: Brexit: What D/deaf people around the country think of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. 
  • Conference update: HLAA 2016 Convention 
  • UK Policy: Call for nationwide public health campaign
  • News: Former violist with the Royal Opera House, sues for hearing damage
  • Research: Hit the right notes with musician earplugs
  • Technology: Rechargeable technology at the tipping point
  • How to take a hearing test
  • Survey: How are deaf people using the telephone
  • Blogpost: Deaf travel: Tips for the train, plane and automobiles
  • Advocating for hearing health in a noisy work environment
  • Technology: Even hearing aids are connecting to the internet of things
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops 

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (13-19 June)

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Sunday 19 June

Its been another really interesting week of posts and tweets.  Firstly, there have been a couple of blog posts relating to deafness and musicians (as well as an interesting research post being advertised to lead some research into the subject) .  There was also an announcement about the development of a ‘trip adviser’ style app for hearing loss, the launch of Soundspace online, plans for a Parliamentary debate on hearing loss, and a technology post on the phenomenal rise of the RIC hearing aid.  That, alongside a few new jobs that have been advertised (including a call for trustees from Action on Hearing) and the regular update on conferences and events.   

  • Blogpost: Being deaf in one ear made me the composer I am today
  • Blogpost: 6 powerful advantages of being a deaf pianist
  • US army using innovative smart earplugs
  • Plans for a ‘trip advisor’ style app for hearing loss are launched
  • Free ‘Living with hearing loss’ course in London and ‘Self management programmes’ in Scotland 
  • Parliamentary debate on hearing loss
  • Blogpost: Hearing aid disruption
  • Launch of Soundspace online.
  • This week’s Hear 2 Work blogpost
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops 

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Personal stories from the workplace: Sue the photographer

Hear 2 Work regularly talks to people about their work and their hearing loss to find out how their experiences could help you.


Sue Todd
Sue Todd from Sue Todd Photography.
Sue suffered from chronic ear infections as a child that left her with poor hearing. However, it wasn’t until she was an adult that she was offered a hearing aid and then later a BAHA. Here, Sue talks about her experiences in dealing with clients both as an IT manager and now in her work as a professional photographer (you can find her at Sue Todd Photography), and the confidence her BAHA has given her. She also offers some positive advice for those just starting out in their career.

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (6-12 June)

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Sunday 12 June

There’s been a bit of a mixed bag this week but a couple of things did catch my eye and stand out.  The first was the survey of hearing aid batteries.  The emerging findings are really interesting but it really needs more people to complete the survey to get more meaningful information.  The second has been the news of the latest Apple patent.  It does make me wonder if, before long, they could move into the development of hearing aid.  After all, given the ageing population across the globe and the increasing prevalence of noise induced teenage hearing loss, its going to be a massive market in the next decade.  Read about these and more in my weekly roundup below.   

  • US Policy update: Hearing Health Care for Adults
  • Survey: Hearing Aid Batteries – How long do they really last? 
  •  Technology: News on a new Apple patent for bone conduction headphones
  • Inspiring People
  • British Society of Audiology Survey
  • Connevans new website 
  • The Daily Jobseeker
  • Blogpost: Hearing Health should be a workplace priority
  • Phonak Survey
  • Research: The emerging research relating to Tinnitus
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (30 May-5 June)

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Sunday 5 June

There’s been so much happening this week that I’ve had to be a bit selective in what I’ve reported.   In the news are some major policy updates in both the UK and US, some new resources for job seekers that I’ve become aware of, and a campaign launch to reduce background noise in restaurants.  Read about these and more in my weekly roundup below.   

  • US Policy update: Hearing Health Care for Adults
  • UK Policy: Is Welfare to Work working well?
  •  Technology: Four hidden iPhone tricks 
  • Hearing Loss Hour: Communication tips
  • Resources: The Daily Job Seeker
  • Resources: DWP Knowledge Hub
  • Research: The association between hearing aids, cochlear implants and depression
  • Campaign update: Background noise in restaurants
  • UK Policy update: Development of NICE guidance on adult hearing loss
  • Conference feedback: HEAL2016
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (23-29 May)

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Sunday 29 May

So, its been a relatively quiet week this week, but here are a few things from my timelines that I thought you might be interested in.  In addition, if you’re looking for work, there have been a number vacancies advertised at the Royal Association for Deaf People and also by DeafPlus that you can check out below.    

  • Research: AOHL Hearing Progress Report
  • GOV.UK survey on accessibility
  • NGT Lite: mobile phone app
  • Blogpost: My fight to get Access to Work funding
  • Kyle DiMarco wins Dancing with the Stars
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (16-22 May)

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Sunday 22 May

After a couple of busy weeks with Deaf Awareness Week followed by the annual congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), it seems to have been relatively quiet this past week.  The key event was probably Tinnitus Awareness Week which took place in the States and in addition, I’ve a summary of other highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date as usual.  

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week
  • Product News: Ear Plugs for Tinnitus Sufferers 
  • Research: Bedside sound generators as a tool for tinnitus management
  • Blogpost: Tinnitus – everything I’ve learned so far
  • Research: Appreciating Music with a Cochlear Implant
  • Action on Hearing Loss seeks testers for new website
  • Services: Gatwick airport trialling lanyard scheme for passengers with hidden disabiliteis
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (9-15 May)

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Sunday 15 May

After last week’s main focus on Deaf Awareness Week, the key event this week seemed to be the annual congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA).  In addition, I’ve a summary of other highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date as usual.  
  • BSHAA annual congress
  • Live Webinar on the Roger Pen and Roger Clip-on Mic
  • Roger Table Mic launched
  • Molly Watt on how the Apple Watch has changed her life
  • EU funded Hearing Aid Survey
  • New research on the use of smartphones to measure noise exposure
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (2-8 May)

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Sunday 8 May

Most of the activity this week has resulted from Deaf Awareness Week.  Using this as their focus, every deaf organisation coordinated their tweets, posts and blogs over the course of the week to highlight aspects of people’s lives, offer up tips on communication, flag up events taking place across the country, introduce the concept of sign language to the hearing world, and highlight the importance of accessibility for deaf people that many take for granted.

If you want to find out more, then click on the  #DeafAwarenessWeek hashtag to get a good overview of the week’s news and posts.  I’ll be holding over all other news items  for posting next weekend.

  • Deaf Awareness Week
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

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