Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (25-31 Jan)

Slide1Sunday 31 January

If you’re busy trying to juggle work and home life, then you might not have had time to catch up on  the news and social media this week.   Here’s a roundup of things that have been on my timelines, that might help you stay up to date.  Sit back, have a cup of coffee and check out some of the following: 

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness

The UK Council on Deafness reported that the APPG was meeting on Monday 25th January.  Included on the agenda were items on the cuts to hearing aid funding, lipreading classes and adult education.  The notes of the meeting have also just been published and include some interesting snippets including the announcement of a hearing loss summit on 20 April and a proposal for a BSL Act. Interesting developments so watch this space.

Help Great Britain Work Well

The Health and Safety Executive continued its journey across England, Scotland and Wales to discuss the future health and safety strategy for Great Britain.  Their progress including lots of youtube clips can be found on their Facebook Page

Market review of communications for people who are deaf of have a hearing loss

DWP is leading a review of the market for communication support for people who are deaf, deadblind or have a hearing loss.  They have issued a call for evidence that you can contribute to before the closing date on 4 March.  Communication support can be vital in providing support to working age adults so please take some time to add your views to the call for evidence.

Association of Speech Language Interpreters (ASLI) – annual conference on 1-2 October 

The next ASLI conference will be held on 1-2 October in Newcastle upon Tyne  Check out ASLI’s webpage for their call for abstracts along with details of the conference theme and venue.

CCG decision against hearing aids cuts

Action on Hearing Loss report that South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group have decided not to restrict access to audiology services. You can read about this on the Action on Hearing Loss website and an update on the current status of CCG decisions across the country can also be found in the notes of the APPG meeting in December.

Rechargeable hearing aids

Tired of constantly changing your hearing aid batteries?  Here is a new development that could enable you to retrofit your hearing aids with the ZPower Rechargeable System enabling you to convert your hearing aids from normal battery usage to a rechargeable one. Good news for the environment too!

Hearing Loss Association of America: 2016 Convention

The Hearing Loss Association of America has announced the details of its convention for 2016 which will be held in Washington, DC between 23-26 June.  Looks an interesting programme.

Personal Stories from the Workplace

It can be really helpful to read about the careers some people have chosen and how they manage their deafness and hearing loss at work. There have been three really interesting and diverse stories this week.

Nicholas Mugridge: Deafness hasn’t held me back from a career in video production

This week, Limping Chicken featured Nicholas Mugridge and his work in video production.

Bonnie Stone: I am a teacher with hearing loss

Hearing Health Matters also published the story of a teacher who developed a sudden hearing loss and how she has managed to continue her career working with children.

Matt Gilbert: Deaf rugby star’s secret weapon…a pen?

Yet another personal account of the Phonak Roger pen. Its certainly proving to be adaptable in its use as CNN have reported this week on how a professional rugby player is using the Roger pen system on the rugby pitch.

This week’s blog

And finally of course, here’s another opportunity to check out my blog post earlier this week: “A Price Worth Paying?” which poses a question about the Lyric hearing aid from Phonak.

Let me know if you think I missed anything in the news this week.

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