Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (4 – 10 April)


Sunday 10 April

 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 roundup as usual of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • Guidance on adult onset hearing loss  
  • Government decision on subtitling catch-up tv
  • 10 tips on creating your cv
  • How we use our brain influences tinnitus
  • Hearing Link launches new website
  • Effectiveness of earplugs in reducing noise induced hearing loss
  • Feedback on Tinnitus 2016
  • Diabetes and hearing loss
  • The Deaf women in Obama’s White House  
  • Key diary dates

In the news

Guidance on adult onset hearing loss

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have begun a consultation exercise on guidance they are developing on the assessment and management of adult onset hearing loss.   Get involved by registering as a stakeholder or by seeking out other organisations through whom you can register  your comments and interests.

Government decision on subtitling catch-up tv 

There was a big disappointment this week when Action on Hearing Loss posted the outcome of their lobbying of Government to improve access to subtitles on video-on-demand, so that people with hearing loss can have equal access to catch-up tv and films.  Unfortunately, Ed Vaisey, the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, wrote to advise that following a Government review carried out in Autumn 2015,  the view is that sufficient progress is already being made by broadcasters.  Action on Hearing Loss have launched an immediate consultation to gauge people’s reaction to this news but from what I’ve seen on twitter, there are a lot of unhappy people out there.

10 tips on creating your CV

My World of Work shared 10 tips for creating your CV and also offer a template for developing your CV if you register with them.

How we use our brain influences tinnitus 

The Hear-it website, report on a study into tinnitus undertaken with 32 people. It found that “people who are less bothered by their tinnitus use different brain regions when processing emotional information than those who are constantly struggling with tinnitus in their everyday life”. An interesting finding that no doubt will lead to further work in the field.

Hearing Link launches new website

This week Hearing Link launched its new website.  Check it out here and sign up for their free email newsletter.

Effectiveness of earplugs in reducing noise induced hearing loss

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published some research this week into the effectiveness of earplugs in preventing temporary hearing loss immediately following music exposure.  Given the increasing problem of noise induced hearing loss, this research is a helpful addition to the growing evidence base.

Tinnitus 2016

The ENT and Audiology News twitter account published a ‘storify’ summarising the activities at the Tinnitus 2016 conference in Nottingham a couple of weeks ago.  Check it out here.

Diabetes and hearing loss

World Health Day this year fell on 7 April and the theme was diabetes.  Hearing loss is twice as common amongst people who have diabetes and as a consequence, many took the opportunity to highlight this, including the Resound blog, and Signhealth took the opportunity to share a number of BSL videos they have on diabetes.

The Deaf women in Obama’s White House

This was tweeted quite a lot during the week.  Its the inspiring story of two Deaf women currently working in President Obama’s administration.

 Key Diary Dates

Finally, here are some dates for your diary. If you know of any other key events that I’ve missed, then let me know and I’ll include them next time.

Audiology Now! – 13-16 April

Described as the largest gathering of audiologists in the world, AudiologyNOW! 2016 is the American Academy of Audiology’s annual convention and expo and takes place in Pheonix Arizona.

Co-designing wearable health technologies – 14 April

This sounds like a great workshop in the Australian Design Centre, Sydney Australia.  Supported by a hearing expert, and working in small groups, participants will learn how to use co-design techniques to generate approaches to the development of technologies to better address real-world health issues. Ideas will be explored through drawing, film, photography and modelling, giving the audience an enriching, hands-on experience.

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.

 33rd World Congress of Audiology – 18-21 September

Early bird registration is now open for the World Congress of Audiology which, this year, takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

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.

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.

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