Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (25 April – 1 May)


Sunday 1 May

 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.  Such a lot has gone on this week that I’ve hardly been able to keep up, but you can read my abridged versions here. 
  • Feedback on the British Society of Audiology annual conference 
  • E-learning guide on self employment
  • Call to action – NDCS survey on apprenticeships
  • International Noise Awareness Day
  • Blog – a Roadmap for those new to hearing loss
  • Research on hearing loss and cognitive function
  • The upcoming Deaf Awareness Week
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

In the news

British Society of Audiology – annual conference – 25-27 April

The British Society of Audiology held its annual conference this week at one point, the #BSAConf hashtag completely overwhelmed my timelines.  There were presenters on a massive range of issues including the use of hearing aids and cognitive decline, hearing loss and fatigue, and testing speech in noise.  Take a look at the #BSAConf hashtag to check out some of the debate or read through the storify page.

E-learning guide on self employment 

If you’re self employed or thinking about it, then this e-learning guide from HMRC is really helpful in taking you through dos and don’ts in setting up a business and paying your taxes.  HMRC also provide a series of webinars that you can sign up for on setting up a business.

NDCS survey on apprenticeships 

NDCS are undertaking a survey on apprenticeships. If you’re deaf, agreed 16-24 and had some recent apprenticeship experience, please complete this survey so that NDCS can work to make apprenticeships more accessible.

International Noise Awareness Day 

April 27th was International Noise Awareness Day resulting in a lot of posts about building acoustics and noise induced hearing loss from both work and leisure related noise.  You can see the range of issues highlighted using the #INAD2016 hashtag.

A road map for those new hearing loss

The Huffington Post, published a great blogpost from Shari Roberts setting out some steps to take in the early stages of acknowledging and acting on your hearing loss.

Research on hearing loss and cognitive function

Whilst not strictly related to working age adults, this topic does highlight the benefits of seeking early intervention for hearing loss and is regularly discussed on social media. Our understanding of the association between hearing loss and cognitive function was further strengthened by the publication of some research from Columbia University. A link to the original research paper can be found American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, but the findings were widely reported by Hearing Health Foundation, Science Daily, The Statesman and the Columbia University Medical Centre Newsroom

Deaf Awareness Week

Finally, this coming week is Deaf Awareness Week in the UK.  There are lots of activities planned across the country. Catch up on the details by following the #DeafAwarenessWeek hashtag or check out the UK Council on Deafness website.

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.

Here to Hear – from Capability Scotland – 3 May

Capability Scotland’s Advice Service in West Lothian is holding an event offering local advice and information to people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment, their families and carers and the professionals who work with them.

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

British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists – 13/14 May

This is a two day event at the East Midlands Conference Centre with speakers on topics such as ageing, hearing loss and dementia, risk management, hearing and music perception, referable conditions and tinnitus.

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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