Sunday 12 June
There’s been a bit of a mixed bag this week but a couple of things did catch my eye and stand out. The first was the survey of hearing aid batteries. The emerging findings are really interesting but it really needs more people to complete the survey to get more meaningful information. The second has been the news of the latest Apple patent. It does make me wonder if, before long, they could move into the development of hearing aid. After all, given the ageing population across the globe and the increasing prevalence of noise induced teenage hearing loss, its going to be a massive market in the next decade. Read about these and more in my weekly roundup below.
- US Policy update: Hearing Health Care for Adults
- Survey: Hearing Aid Batteries – How long do they really last?
- Technology: News on a new Apple patent for bone conduction headphones
- Inspiring People
- British Society of Audiology Survey
- Connevans new website
- The Daily Jobseeker
- Blogpost: Hearing Health should be a workplace priority
- Phonak Survey
- Research: The emerging research relating to Tinnitus
- New career and volunteer opportunities
- Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)
In the news
I highlighted this report this last week but thought it worth including again as there have been so many follow-up blogs and tweets in response to its publication. The big news in the States last week was the publication of a major report on adult hearing loss and priorities for improving access and affordability. The above link to the webpage provides access to the full report as well as a patient action guide and a handy slide set summarising the key findings and recommendations. These include the usual issues of improving use of data, better information for the public on hearing health, alignment of best practice and competencies and development of metrics to evaluate services. However, the recommendations also include new regulations and the introduction of ‘over-the-counter’ hearing aids. Taken together, this report looks likely to make a massive impact on hearing aid provision and hearing health across the USA and has been the subject of much discussion over the past week.
There was a really useful piece of research reported during the week on the HearingTracker.com website following an online survey into hearing aid batteries. The survey was too small to be able to definitively highlight a recommended brand but if you take the survey you could add to the body of data being gathered and as its looks likely this will continue as a piece of ongoing research. In the meantime, Duracell, iCellTech and Power One seemed to come out well in terms of their capacity. However, I was surprised not to see Rayovac mentioned? Does anyone know why this might be?
On the technology front there were a couple of developments this week including the above post from Hearing Health and Technology Matters. It will be interesting to see how this is incorporated into Apple’s next generation of products.
I came across three posts this week of really inspiring people with hearing loss. The first of which was Simon Ollert who is profoundly deaf and on his way to becoming a professional football player.
The second is Chris Fonseca who is a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.
And finally, Junior Peters who has just left school in Minnesota and is continuing his journey into competitive sprinting.
This week Connevans launched their new website and its looks fantastic! If you’re looking for any kind of equipment for hearing loss, then check out the range of products on their new website, which offers chat facilities too.
Whilst not specifically aimed at people with hearing loss, this website still has some great posts and advice to offer in terms of interview and CV writing tips, ideas for developing your skills and experience and also job searching advice.
Starkey posted a blog this week on hearing health in the workplace, setting out 6 reasons for its importance including the fact that it makes sound economic sense to both business and individuals. In addition, they included some useful links to other sites on a range of issues relating to workplaces and hearing health.
Finally, for those of you who have a Phonak Roger Pen, the company are running a survey with the incentive of winning one of their new Roger Table mics.
The British Tinnitus Association published a summary of research emerging from the last quarter of 2015. It includes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), cochlear implants and cognitive behavioural therapy.
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:
- Deaf Action in Edinburgh are looking for a Community care assistant with a closing date of 24 June
- 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
- Royal Association for Deaf People have a range of jobs on their Careers page from their own and other organisations.
- Deaf Unity have a jobs webpage on their site with a range of posts across the country.
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.
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.