Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (20-26 June)

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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

Brexit: What D/deaf people around the country think of Britain’s decision to leave the EU

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.

Hearing Loss Association of America: 2016 Convention 23-26 June

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.

Call for nationwide public health campaign

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.

Former Violist with the Royal Opera House sues for hearing damage

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.

Hit the right notes with musician earplugs

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.

Rechargeable technology at the tipping point

HearingTracker.com provides an update on the latest position with regard to developments of rechargeable hearing aid batteries.

How to Take a Hearing Test

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.

How are deaf people using the telephone

Hearing Link launched a survey via SurveyMonkey, to find out how deaf people use the telephone.  It only takes a few minutes to complete.

Deaf Travel: Tips for the train, plane and automobiles

Angie Aspinall published some great tips on the Phonak website, designed to make your travelling easier.

Advocating for hearing health in a noisy work environment

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.

Even hearing aids are connecting to the internet of things

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:

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.

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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