Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (13-19 June)


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

Being deaf in one ear made me the composer I am today

Aleah Morrison-Basu talks about her deafness and how it affects her creative process when composing music.

6 powerful advantages of being a deaf pianist

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.

US army using innovative Smart earplugs

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.

Plans for a ‘Trip Advisor’ for Hearing Loss launched

@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.

Living with Hearing Loss & Hearing Link Self Management programmes

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.

Parliamentary debate on hearing loss

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.

Hearing Aid Disruption (the RIC hearing aid)

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“.

Launch of Soundspace Online 

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:

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. There’s an early bird discount available until 30 June.

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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