Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (9-15 May)


Sunday 15 May

After last week’s main focus on Deaf Awareness Week, the key event this week seemed to be the annual congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA).  In addition, I’ve a summary of other highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date as usual.  
  • BSHAA annual congress
  • Live Webinar on the Roger Pen and Roger Clip-on Mic
  • Roger Table Mic launched
  • Molly Watt on how the Apple Watch has changed her life
  • EU funded Hearing Aid Survey
  • New research on the use of smartphones to measure noise exposure
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

In the news

BSHAA annual congress

The 2016 congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists was probably the main news this week (or at least the most tweeted), with speakers including Lorraine Gailey, CEO from Hearing Link, Paul Breckel, CEO from Action on hearing loss and Jason Gagster senior researcher from Starkey Hearing.  If you missed it, both the British Academy of Audiology and Audiology World News produced a storify summary of the conference that you can see here and here

Live Webinar on the Roger Pen and Roger Clip-on Mic 

As a webinar, I would normally have included this below in the list of events, but as I know a lot of you out there like your Phonak Roger systems, here are the details right up front.  The webinar, run jointly by Phonak  takes place tomorrow at 5pm GMT and will review Roger Technology for adults including the Roger Pen and Roger Clip-On Mic.

Roger Table Mic

Staying with the theme of the Roger system, Phonak published an excellent YouTube video (with subtitles), about the new Roger Table Mic.  It looks an excellent system and I only wish someone had invented it ten years earlier.  Let me know if you’ve tried it yourself  and what you think of it.

Molly Watt: How my Apple Watch has changed my life 

Limping Chicken published yet another great post from Molly Watts about how she is using her Apple Watch to help her regain her independence despite her Usher Syndrome.

Hearing Aid Questionnaire  

This survey was launched a few weeks ago, but I only heard about it this week when Hearing Link tweeted about its presence.  It looks an interesting initiative supported by EU funding and backed up by an impressive consortium with the aim of developing a range of games and applications that aim to help people with hearing difficulties learn how to use their hearing aids more effectively, and to overcome specific challenges

New research: Improving the Accuracy of Smart Devices to Measure Noise Exposure

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, this week published some new research on the potential for smartphones to take accurate measurements of noise exposure (with an interesting finding).

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.

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.

National Association of Deaf People – 11 June

NADP are holding a conference alongside their AGM on Saturday 11th June 2016 at the Ear Foundation in Nottingham.  Entitled “Adjusting to deafness – what is available?”, the conference offers topics of interest to those who are newly deafened and also information for members who have been deafened for some time who would like to know about new developments.

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.

British Deaf Association 2016 Congress – 20-24 July

This year the BDA celebrates 125 years and will be holding its annual congress in Torquay.

 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.

British Academy of Audiology – 10-11 November

The BAA Conference is the largest audiology conference in the UK attracting a host of international speakers. This year it will be held in Glasgow.

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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