Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (16-22 May)

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Sunday 22 May

After a couple of busy weeks with Deaf Awareness Week followed by the annual congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), it seems to have been relatively quiet this past week.  The key event was probably Tinnitus Awareness Week which took place in the States and in addition, I’ve a summary of other highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date as usual.  

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week
  • Product News: Ear Plugs for Tinnitus Sufferers 
  • Research: Bedside sound generators as a tool for tinnitus management
  • Blogpost: Tinnitus – everything I’ve learned so far
  • Research: Appreciating Music with a Cochlear Implant
  • Action on Hearing Loss seeks testers for new website
  • Services: Gatwick airport trialling lanyard scheme for passengers with hidden disabiliteis
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

In the news

Tinnitus Awareness Week

It was Tinnitus Awareness Week in the States, although given the number of tweets I saw, I’m not sure that its a very high profile event over there.  If you want to check them out you can click on the hashtag here.  It will take you through the tweets of the past week, but also into the tweets and news in February when it was tinnitus awareness week in the UK.

Ear Plugs for Tinnitus Sufferers

Staying on the theme of tinnitus, Gizmag.com published a review of some noise cancelling ear plugs that I guess would be useful for tinnitus sufferers.  The ear plugs offer a variety of ambient sounds such as the woosh of space, the roar of a waterfall, the hum of an airline cabin, or the patter of rain. There’s also white, pink and brown noise (which I’d never hear of) as well as binaural beats, which consist of tones that are slightly out of phase with each other played to each ear.  All in all, they sound pretty clever. If you’re interested in buying, you can get them here (there are some very good online reviews too).  If you take the plunge, let me know how you get on with them.

Bedside sound generators as a tool for tinnitus management

Also on the theme of tinnitus, the Hearing Journal published some research on the benefits of sound generators and found that they were useful for improving sleep.

Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far

Finally, above is a a link to my own blog on the subject highlighting key facts, available support and treatments, and helpful blogs.

Appreciating music with a cochlear implant 

I came across a really interesting piece of research from the University of Southampton who are working with cochlear implant users and helping them to appreciate and enjoy music again. They’ve also produced an online toolkit that can help CI users retrain their brains in music appreciation.

Action on Hearing Loss seeks testers for new website  

Action on Hearing Loss this week launched a search for people to help in testing their new website.  If you’re interested in putting yourself forward, the fill out the form in the link above.  Looks like you’d need to be based in London and be able to attend a centre rather than do any testing remotely.

Gatwick airport trialling lanyard to help passengers with hidden disabilities

Action on Hearing Loss, tweeted about a really interesting development at Gatwick airport which they are supporting.   Coupled with training to increase staff awareness, its aim is to help deaf people who might miss out on audio announcements and ensure staff are aware of their hidden disability and additional needs.  If you’re a regular traveller through there, you might want to take advantage of it.

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.

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.

Concepts and Techniques of Contemporary Hearing Research – 18-22 July

The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) announced a free weeklong course at their institute in Bethesda, Maryland.  Their website includes details of the programme for each day.

British Deaf Association 2016 Congress – 20-24 July

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

Deaf and Disability Careers Fair – 9 September

Deaf Unity announced their Deaf and Disability Careers Fair to take place on 9 September in Bristol.

 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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