Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (6-12 June)

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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

Hearing Health Care for Adults

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.

Hearing Aid Batteries – How long do they really last?

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?

Apple receives patent for headphones using bone conduction to improve hearing in noise

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.

Inspiring people 

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.

BSA Survey 

The British Society of Audiology are doing a survey about opening their membership to the general public.  If you take the survey, you can also qualify to 10% of membership.

Connevans new website 

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.

The Daily Jobseeker

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.

Hearing Health should be a workplace priority

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.

Phonak Survey

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.

Tinnitus: Summary of the latest research

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:

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.

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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3 thoughts on “Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (6-12 June)”

  1. Regarding your comments about Hearing Aid Battery survey and the fact that their was no mention about Rayovac, I took part in the survey and noticed that there was no option to select Rayovac. I am a newby with regard to wearing hearing aids (3 months in) and I use Rayovac, so I was very interest in what the outcomes might be. I added them into the ‘other’ option box in the survey. I was surprised to find no mention at all in the survey. Am I the only one that uses them I wonder. With regards to the survey results, they were far too complicated and badly set out I thought and I lost interest in trying to make sense of them.

    1. Hi Karen, many thanks for your comments about Rayovac batteries.

      I too use them and I think they are really popular in the UK. I wondered if they weren’t included because the study was done in the United States and perhaps Rayovac aren’t so popular there?

      1. Hi Tracey. Thanks for picking up on my comments, and yes, you are probably right about the USA. Well at least you are helping to keep the manufacturers of Rayovac solvent. ?

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