Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (29 Feb-6 March)


Sunday 6 March

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 my regular roundup of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  

  • World Hearing Day
  • Hearing conservation conference
  • Conference on hearing loss and cognitive decline
  • Publication of a new health and safety system strategy for Great Britain
  • National Association of Deafened People – survey on telephone usage
  • Summary of this week’s hearing loss hour
  • Blogpost: Goodbye hearing aids, hello hearables
  • News: Woman’s tattoo reminds friends of single sided deafness
  • DeafSpace (Deaf design and architecture)
  • This week’s blog
  • Key diary dates

In the news

World Hearing Day

Whilst this doesn’t have a lot to do with the workplace, one significant event this week was World Hearing Day which had the aim of raising awareness of childhood hearing loss.  The World Health Organisation published a really good infographic summarising the causes of hearing loss in children as well as strategies for prevention and care.  They also published a report entitled Childhood hearing loss: act now, here’s how.

ListenUp conference on hearing conservation 

The first international conference on hearing conservation took place in Manchester.  ListenUp, which was run by the Health and Safety Laboratory, the commercial arm of the Health & Safety Executive, brought together a wide range of international speakers looking at the burden of noise induced hearing loss in the workplace, along with a range of solutions. As I was fortunate to attend the event and learned so many new things, I’ll be writing up a blog post about the conference to share with you all in the near future.   In the meantime, if you want more information, @AudibleConcerns did a great job of live tweeting the conference

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

Another conference this week was held by the Deafness Support Network in Cheshire and looked at hearing loss and cognitive decline.  It highlighted some new research being planned by @JennaLittleJohn which is looking for new participants.  If you want to know more about the research or wish to get involved, check out their website here.

A new health and safety system strategy for Great Britain

After completing a series of roadshows, that I’ve reported on earlier, the Health & Safety Executive, this week published its Health and Safety System Strategy document for Great Britain.

Survey on telephone usage

The National Association of Deafened People are conducting a monkey survey on use of mobiles phones.  If you’d like to take part, click here. The survey is open until 15 March.

Hearing Loss Hour 

Hearing Loss Hour took place this week on the subject of acknowledging your hearing loss and seeking help.  Some audiologists were also on hand to take questions and a helpful summary of the discussion is available here.

Goodbye hearing aids, hello hearables 

Continuing the theme of some earlier posts I’ve shared in recent weeks on the subject of hearables, here is yet another blog post providing a forward look on the future of hearing aids and the benefits they bring as ‘hearables’ compared to ‘wearables’.

In a similar vein, I also came across a post that claimed to be the complete guide to hearable technology.  Its certainly a good introduction if you’re not familiar with the subject and want to learn more.

Woman’s tattoo reminds friends of single sided deafness 

This news feature was posted quite a few times last week because of its novelty.   It relates to a woman who has taken the decision to have a tattoo to remind friends that she is deaf on one side.


Finally, this fascinating article and video got quite a lot of airplay over the week in relation to emerging ideas around deaf design and architecture.

This week’s blog

And of course, here’s another opportunity to check out my blog post from earlier this week which is another personal story from the workplace.  This time we feature Ellie, the marketing apprentice.

Some Diary Dates

Finally, here are some dates for your diary

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.)

Hearing the Future: Rehabilitation of hearing loss and neuroplasticity – 2 April

This meeting held in Berlin will discuss and highlight the research progress on cochlear implants, stem cells gene treatment and drug deliveries to the inner ear.

Spring Workshop – Association of Lipspeakers – 2 April

This workshop has three outcomes – to have a better understanding of Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2); to gain knowledge of working in a variety of domains including medical and driving theory; and to have an understanding of some medical conditions that cause people to become deafened and require the services of lipspeakers.

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.  It looks like 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.

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