Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (14-20 March)


Sunday 20 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.  

  • Advice on sharing information about your hearing loss in job interviews
  • Feedback on the Adult Hearing Screening conference  
  • Deaf and unemployed? 5 things to know about claiming job seekers allowance 
  • Resources for young people moving into employment 
  • The 10 worst jobs for your ears
  • Survey on access to theatres and concert halls
  • Feedback on the 10th international tinnitus research conference
  • Technology update
  • Musicians and the danger of deafness
  • Career Opportunities  
  • Key diary dates

In the news

To be Deaf, or not to be Deaf?  That is the question..

Tina Lannin offers her advice on whether or not to share information about your hearing loss on job applications.

Adult Hearing Screening conference – 17 March

The Ear Foundation held a conference in London on 17 March on the subject of Adult Hearing Screening.  The conference also served to launch a new report on the subject. Whilst I couldn’t track down of this copy of this online, Action on Hearing Loss was helpfully live tweeting from the conference and you can check out some of the issues raised using the #HearingScreening hashtag

Deaf and Unemployed? 5 things to know about claiming JSA

1 2 1 captions published a really helpful post on claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

Support for young people moving into employment

NDCS shared a range of resources they have created to help young deaf people move into employment. They include videos and a useful template for a personal profile that can be shared with employers on suggested reasonable adjustments that they can make.  (You need to register to be able to access it).

Similarly, Action on Hearing Loss in Scotland also provides a programme called ‘Moving on into Education, Training or Employment’.  Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the programme offers support for 16-25 year olds..

The 10 worst jobs for your ears

The Hear-it website published this interesting blogpost on the worst careers for noise exposure.  Be warned – or invest in some good ear plugs and protectors!

Survey on access to theatres and concert halls

Ideas for Ears posted a survey on access to theatres and concerts with a view to developing guidance for making improvements.

10th International Tinnitus Research Conference

This week also saw a conference on tinnitus research which I’m afraid had passed me by until I started to see the large volume of tweets over the 3 days it was held in Nottingham.  You can catch up on the events by checking out the hashtag #Tinnitus2016


Still more articles on earables including an excellent review on the Bragi Dash earbuds and Oticon announced an upcoming product with 2.4Ghz connectivity.

Musicians and the danger of deafness

This post came out a couple of weeks ago and I must have missed it.  Its a really interesting read on the types of hearing loss experienced by musicians.

New Career and Volunteer opportunities

Some weeks I occasionally spot career and volunteering opportunities which I’ll post here from time to time.  This week’s opportunities include:

Key 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.

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.

Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness – 17-20 May

The 10th Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness conference takes place in Cambridge, England and will be looking at recent discoveries in the field including new genes involved in deafness and new pathways that underlie the development, function, repair and regeneration of the auditory system. There will also be a strong focus on approaches, currently being developed, for treating or preventing deafness caused by noise, drugs and mutations.

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.

The Third International Meeting on Internet & Audiology – 27-28 July 2017

This is a free conference being held at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.  Looking at last year’s programme (which can be found on the webpage), it looks like there could be some really interesting presentations and discussions.

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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