Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (8-14 Feb)

Slide1Sunday 14 February

 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 the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  As it was tinnitus awareness week in the UK, much of the news was dominated by tinnitus related stories.
  • Nottingham Hearing Biomedical research Unit newsletter was published
  • JAMA publishes findings of new research into treatment for chronic tinnitus
  • Action on Hearing Loss announces findings of new survey of tinnitus sufferers 
  • Progressive hearing loss linked to Wbp2 gene
  • Research proposals sought for detection and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Consultation on planning and noise guidance

Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit newsletter 

The Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit published its regular newsletter this week which took tinnitus research as its theme. News included details of an international tinnitus research conference in March.

JAMA publishes research into treatment for chronic tinnitus 

The Journal of the American Medical Association published findings from a research study on the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Chronic Tinnitus. Whilst the study had a small sample size, the findings showed some promising outcomes in the reduction of tinnitus severity.

Action on Hearing Loss announces findings of new survey of tinnitus sufferers 

Action on Hearing loss marked tinnitus awareness week by publishing the results of a poll they recently conducted. They found that almost one in two people have experienced tinnitus, a third of people (34%) surveyed said that they were exposed to loud noise every day and over a quarter (27%) of respondents experienced ringing in their ears or dulled hearing after work.

Progressive hearing loss linked to Wbp2 gene

Researchers at King’s College London and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom have, for the first time demonstrated a direct link between the Wbp2 gene and progressive hearing loss.

Research proposals sought for the detection and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus

The Centre for Defence Enterprise are seeking new solutions and technologies to detect and treat hearing loss and tinnitus in the armed forces personnel.

Consultation on planning and noise

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have announced a consultation on new guidance on planning and noise. Noise is a material consideration in the planning process. Excessive noise can lead to sleep disturbance and impair cognitive learning in school children.  Whilst long term exposure to some types of transport noise, particularly from aircraft and road traffic can also lead to chronic direct health effects such as heart disease and hypertension.

Some Diary Dates

Ear Foundation: Adult Hearing Screening conference – 17 March

The Ear Foundation are planning a conference in London on 17 March on the subject of Adult Hearing Screening.  (Some of you might recall my recent blog ‘From hearing screening to hearables’ about the outcome of the latest deliberations of the National Screening Committee on the future of the programme.)

British Society of Audiology – annual conference 25-27 April

This is the leading UK scientific forum for clinicians and researchers who have an interest in hearing, tinnitus and balance.

Hearing Loss Association of America: 2016 Convention 23-26 June

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.

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.

This week’s blogs

And finally of course, here’s another opportunity to check out my blog posts from earlier this week: “Taking the plunge with the Phonak Audeo V90″, describing my trial of a new hearing aid, and “Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far”.


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