Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (11 – 17 April)


Sunday 17 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.  
  • Some personal experiences
  • Tips for navigating your workplace
  • Getting help from the Job Centre
  • Access to fire alarms in hotels
  • Withdrawal from NHS hearing aid contracts
  • Deaf lawyers join the US Supreme Court
  • Audiology Now! 
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • This week’s blog
  • Key diary dates

In the news

Personal experiences 

This week there have been some really notable, (for me at least), blog posts from people including a personal account from a soldier about hearing loss and tinnitus resulting from his  military training and deployment in Afghanistan; a young man’s experience of noise induced hearing loss;  and finally a blogpost on Tips for Hearing Loss Professionals which highlights some coping strategies for simply taking time out from the workplace to stop that ear-induced energy drain we all experience.

Other posts of interest include:

Tips for navigating your workplace

Here are some great tips from the ‘Healthy Hearing’ website on advocacy, organisation and maintaining your energy in the workplace when you have hearing loss .

Getting help from the job centre

I’m not sure if this webpage has been around for long, but I just came across it this week. Its on the Action on Hearing Loss website and offers help if you’re looking for work and need some support in doing so.

Limping Chicken: What rights do deaf people have to accessible fire alarms in hotels

Another post from the ever popular Limping Chicken.  This time a semi humourous look at fire alarms for those who travel and use hotels and our rights under the 2010 Equality Act.

Boots withdraw from NHS hearing aid contracts 

This week Audiology World News reported that Boots, the major chain of pharmacists and hearing care providers, announced that they would be withdrawing from their NHS audiology contracts and would no longer be providing NHS hearing aids from April 2016. For those people who have received NHS hearing aids through Boots, they will be working with local NHS commissioning groups to help their NHS customers find alternative aftercare provision locally.

Similarly, 5,000 patients in North Staffordshire found themselves in a similar position as their private provider (Regional Hearing Specialists) also pulled out of their NHS contract.

Deaf lawyers to join Supreme Court

This was a great story reported during the week about 13 deaf and hard of hearing lawyers being sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar on April 19.  It will be taking place in a first-ever mass event.

Audiology Now! 

Described as the largest gathering of audiologists in the world, AudiologyNOW! 2016 took place this week in Pheonix Arizona.  As a result, lots of tweets were circulating encouraging people to attend various stands and seminars.  I have to say that nothing really stands out for me in terms of any big news or launches from the event but if you saw anything please share it below for others.  And if you want to check out for yourself what was happening there, then try one of these hashtags. 

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:

This week’s blog

And of course, here’s another opportunity to check out my blog post from earlier this week, a review of 3 vibrating alarm clocks.

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.

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.

Am I being Rude? A deaf awareness event – 4 May

A free event organised by UCL deafness, cognition and language (DCAL) centre

Deafness Sector Summit – Australia – 7 May

A national conference in Sydney for the one in six Australians who are hard of hearing, Deaf, deafblind, have a hearing loss or a chronic ear or balance disorder, and the families who support them.  The event will be used to launch a campaign to make Hearing Health & Well-being a National Priority in Australia

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.

British Tinnitus Association – 22 September

The British Tinnitus Association is holding its annual conference in Manchester.

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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