Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (18 – 24 April)


Sunday 24 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.  
  • Top 5 occupations causing hearing loss
  • Consultation on NICE Guidance on adult onset hearing loss
  • Can a personal website help you find a job?
  • Deaf people accused of Access to Work fraud
  • New research uncovers faulty gene causing otosclerosis
  • 1 in 8 US workers has some degree of hearing loss
  • Audiology Now! 
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

In the news

Top five occupations causing hearing loss

Healthy hearing posted this last week highlighting the top five occupations that have the highest risk in terms of workers developing noise induced hearing loss.

Guidance on adult onset hearing loss

I reported on this a couple of weeks ago, but as the closing date for comments at this stage is on Tuesday 26th April, its details have been circulating again. 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.

Can a personal website help you find a job?

My world of work (@mywowscotland) posted a link to a really helpful blogpost on some of the benefits of having a personal website and how best to set one up.

Limping Chicken: Deaf people accused of Access to Work fraud

Limping Chicken reported this week on an alleged case of fraud which generated a lot of comments about the sensationalism of the article and some of the terminology used.

New research uncovers gene that causes otosclerosis 

Action on Hearing Loss reported that new research it had funded had recently found a genetic cause for otosclerosis.  The discovery will bring us closer to finding a treatment for this condition.

1 in 8 US workers has some degree of hearing loss

A recent report from CDC’s  National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, reported that 13% of workers in the United States have some degree of hearing loss.  The research found that mining closely followed by construction posed the highest risk of noise induced hearing loss for workers.

Audiology Now! 

Described as the largest gathering of audiologists in the world, AudiologyNOW! 2016 took place a couple of weeks ago in Pheonix Arizona.  This week, the American Academy of Audiology posted a summary of the conference using storify.

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 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 the 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

Information Day on cochlear implants – 14 May

The Ear Foundation are planning a free open day at their centre in Nottingham, for people who want for information about cochlear implants.

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.

Tinnitus Information Day – 2 July

The British Tinnitus Association is holding a tinnitus information day in Manchester on 2 July.

 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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