Sunday 13 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.
- Effective communication in interviews
- Hearing Loop Checks
- AC/DC postpones tour as lead singer risks complete deafness
- Is there proof that hearing devices benefit cognitive decline
- Warning over defective hearing aid batteries
- A push for less expensive hearing aids
- Deaf techies are an untapped resource
- This week’s blog
- Key diary dates
In the news
The Limping Chicken website published a guest blog from Deborah Cochrane describing some of her experiences in job interviews.
Hearing Link published the results of more than 700 hearing loop awareness checks that took place last November. Unfortunately, the results were described as consistently poor, highlighting the need for much more progress to be made.
This week saw more blogs and news releases on the development of hearables including:
- The next big tech revolution will be in your ear – this considers the potential use and development of in-ear assistants.
- Will the iPhone 7 come with hearables?
This was first reported on Tuesday but has been shared repeatedly all week long, supported by additional stories about other rock musicians who suffer from hearing loss – a well known risk for musicians.
Shari Eberts published an interesting blog post this week referring to some recent research that indicates the use of hearing aids might reduce cognitive decline.
This was also supported by further research reported this week on the Hear-it website (Study confirms association between hearing loss and dementia and cognitive decline).
The Medicinces and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued a press release warning about defective hearing aid batteries that have a low risk of exploding. If you have any ZeniPower mercury free hearing aids then check out the details of the press release here.
And of course, here’s another opportunity to check out my blog post from earlier this week, a review of the Vibralite 3 vibrating watch.
Some Diary Dates
Finally, here are some dates for your diary. If you know of any other key events that I’ve missed, then please let me know.
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.)
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.
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.
This is the leading UK scientific forum for clinicians and researchers who have an interest in hearing, tinnitus and balance.
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.
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.