Sunday 19 June
Its been another really interesting week of posts and tweets. Firstly, there have been a couple of blog posts relating to deafness and musicians (as well as an interesting research post being advertised to lead some research into the subject) . There was also an announcement about the development of a ‘trip adviser’ style app for hearing loss, the launch of Soundspace online, plans for a Parliamentary debate on hearing loss, and a technology post on the phenomenal rise of the RIC hearing aid. That, alongside a few new jobs that have been advertised (including a call for trustees from Action on Hearing) and the regular update on conferences and events.
- Blogpost: Being deaf in one ear made me the composer I am today
- Blogpost: 6 powerful advantages of being a deaf pianist
- US army using innovative smart earplugs
- Plans for a ‘trip advisor’ style app for hearing loss are launched
- Free ‘Living with hearing loss’ course in London and ‘Self management programmes’ in Scotland
- Parliamentary debate on hearing loss
- Blogpost: Hearing aid disruption
- Launch of Soundspace online.
- This week’s Hear 2 Work blogpost
- New career and volunteer opportunities
- Key diary dates for conferences and workshops
In the news
Aleah Morrison-Basu talks about her deafness and how it affects her creative process when composing music.
And staying on a musical theme, I also came across this blogpost on LinkedIn which was a really interesting and reflective account from someone about the positive aspects of deafness when playing an instrument and vice versa.
The US army has more than 20,000 of these earplugs in use in the hope that they reduce the incidence of noise induced hearing loss amongst veterans.
@hearinghacks launched an appeal for people to register interest in an app that can rate venues according to how accessible and friendly they are for hearing aid users. Use the above link to register your support for its development.
Hearing Link tweeted about a new, free course starting in London on 13 July. The course will cover various coping strategies as well as basic lip reading. They also have three self management programmes planned between September and November in Scotland.
The UK council on deafness (UKCOD) announced a parliamentary debate taking place on 30 June. The motion for the debate is “that this House has considered the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework”. UKCOD are inviting comments on what needs to be considered at the debate.
This interesting post highlights the rapid rise in popularity of the RIC hearing aid and describes it as a disruptive innovation in terms of the ripple it has caused across the hearing aid industry. If you want to know about my experiences of wearing a RIC, check out “A review of the best hearing aid on the market“.
Soundspace has been launched as a new one-stop shop for all things hearing-related. It has been developed by audiologists at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit and The Ear Foundation.
To save you a bit of time, I did a search using the keyword ‘work’ and 31 references came up. Disappointingly, these all seemed to lead to an ‘under development’ page, although the initial pages do look promising and are a helpful introduction to hearing loss in general.
This week’s blog
This week I was able to interview the professional photographer Sue Todd, and talk to her about her work and the confidence that she has gained from her BAHA. You can read the interview here.
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:
- University of Manchester are advertising a job for a research associate to work on hearing loss amongst musicians. Closing date is 23 June.
- Deaf Action in Edinburgh are looking for a Community care assistant with a closing date of 24 June
- A Policy Advisor in Health and Social Care is being sought by Sense. Closing date is 28 June.
- Hearing Link highlighted recruitment (open until June 2016) for a clinical trial for tinnitus sufferers.
- Action on Hearing announced a call for candidates this week amongst people who would be interested in becoming a Trustee. The closing date of 29 August.
- 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. There’s an early bird discount available until 30 June.
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.