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
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.
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.
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.
Finally, above is a a link to my own blog on the subject highlighting key facts, available support and treatments, and helpful blogs.
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 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.
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:
- SignHealth, Chief Executive (closing date 31 May)
- Hearing Link highlighted recruitment (open until June 2016) for a clinical trial for tinnitus sufferers.
- BID services advertise a range of posts across the country on their vacancies page.
- Numerous volunteering opportunities across the country (with Action on Hearing Loss)
- DeafBlind UK are also looking for volunteers
Key Diary Dates
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.
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.
The British Tinnitus Association is holding a tinnitus information day in Manchester on 2 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.
This year the BDA celebrates 125 years and will be holding its annual congress in Torquay.
Deaf Unity announced their Deaf and Disability Careers Fair to take place on 9 September in Bristol.
Early bird registration is now open for the World Congress of Audiology which, this year, takes place in Vancouver, Canada.
The British Tinnitus Association is holding its annual conference in Manchester.
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 BAA Conference is the largest audiology conference in the UK attracting a host of international speakers. This year it will be held in Glasgow.
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.