Sunday 26 June
So this week, highlights have been ‘Brexit’; the 2016 convention for the Hearing Loss Association of America; a call for a public health campaign across the UK; and some research on musicians and hearing loss. In addition, Hearing Link launched a survey on telephone use; there are some tips for travellers and a couple of technology updates on hearing aids and rechargeable batteries. These and other snippets are included below along with a range of jobs that have been advertised (including a call for trustees from Action on Hearing) and a regular update on conferences and events.
- Blogpost: Brexit: What D/deaf people around the country think of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
- Conference update: HLAA 2016 Convention
- UK Policy: Call for nationwide public health campaign
- News: Former violist with the Royal Opera House, sues for hearing damage
- Research: Hit the right notes with musician earplugs
- Technology: Rechargeable technology at the tipping point
- How to take a hearing test
- Survey: How are deaf people using the telephone
- Blogpost: Deaf travel: Tips for the train, plane and automobiles
- Advocating for hearing health in a noisy work environment
- Technology: Even hearing aids are connecting to the internet of things
- New career and volunteer opportunities
- Key diary dates for conferences and workshops
In the news
In the week that saw the UK vote to leave the European Union, it seems appropriate to highlight what that decision might mean to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Limping Chicken asked that simple question and most responses expressed dismay and some fearfulness for the future.
Across the pond this week, apart from news on Clinton and Trump, was the 2016 Convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America taking place in Washington DC, between 23-26 June. There was certainly a lot going on over there and you can catch up on some of it by checking out the #HLAA2016 hashtag.
Last week I reported that Parliament was going to hold a debate next week on the English Action Plan on Hearing Loss. This week, the UK Council on Deafness shared a briefing paper they had prepared in advance of the debate, calling for a public health campaign on hearing loss to raise awareness amongst the general public.
Healthy Hearing blogged about a recent lawsuit in the UK highlighting the fact that hearing damage isn’t the sole preserve of rock musicians. It also affects classical musicians too.
And this related article published in the Hearing Journal highlights some research examining the use of earplugs amongst student musicians and the continued need for education and awareness raising of the risk of hearing loss.
HearingTracker.com provides an update on the latest position with regard to developments of rechargeable hearing aid batteries.
For those of you yet to take the plunge to have your hearing tested, here is a helpful, subtitled video on YouTube on what you can expect to undergo.
Hearing Link launched a survey via SurveyMonkey, to find out how deaf people use the telephone. It only takes a few minutes to complete.
Angie Aspinall published some great tips on the Phonak website, designed to make your travelling easier.
The Healthy Hearing website, this week sets out some of the issues of working in an environment that has hazardous noise levels, and highlights your rights.
Finally, on the technology front, the media started reporting on a new hearing aid from Oticon called the Opn, which is able to hook up with other internet devices such as doorbells and fire alarms.
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:
- 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 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.