Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (27 June-3 July)


Sunday 3 July

One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to offer a positive and solutions-focused approach to managing the challenges that hearing loss throws at us in our working life.  Too often, it feels, we are dragged down into negativity where life simply becomes too hard and disabling and I wanted to counter that with positive stories of people’s lives, tips for managing situations and advice on new technology that can offer support.  

This week gave me reason to be hopeful for the future.  Firstly, I came across two blogposts that really stood out.  One was from Totaljobs.com and included interviews with two deaf people who described their experiences and challenges at work.   It stood out because totaljobs.com is such a mainstream website and therefore it was great to see people with hearing loss on there, talking about their working life and raising the profile of hearing loss amongst working age adults.  The second blogpost was by Stu Nunnery, sharing his perspective on hearing loss awareness.  What struck me was the positive tone he used, and I found myself agreeing with him, that never before has hearing loss had such a high profile, or been discussed so much in the media.  

The other news to give me hope was the continuing work being supported by NHS England on their Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the debate it prompted in Parliament earlier this week.  

Taken together, they make me wonder if we are beginning to witness a sea-change of opinion about hearing loss in working age adults (as opposed to older people) where people will no longer feel it is stigmatising to admit to being deaf and to wearing a hearing aid or using other assistive devices.  Does anyone else feel the same way?

As always, these, and other updates, are included below along with my regular roundup of job opportunities, conferences and events.   

  • Blogpost: What’s it like to be deaf in the workplace?
  • Parliamentary debate on the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss
  • Deafblind awareness week
  • Phonak’s rechargeable hearing aid
  • Summer webinar series on tinnitus
  • Overcharging for hearing aids in Australia
  • Blogpost: Hearing Loss Awareness
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops 

NB – I’ll be taking a break next week so the next post will be in two week’s time

In the news

What’s it like to be deaf in the workplace?

Totaljobs.com this week posted an article which included interviews with two deaf people talking about their experiences in the workplace.  They also highlight some of the challenges deaf people face when applying for jobs and getting through to an interview stage and offer some solutions.

Parliamentary debate on the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss

Over the past two weeks, I been reporting that Parliament was going to hold a debate on the Action Plan on Hearing Loss.  The debate took place this week and a transcript of the proceedings can be found here.

Deafblind Awareness Week

This week was DeafBlind awareness week in the UK and there were a range of activities going on across the country.  You can catch up on the week’s events by clicking on here #deafblindawarenessweek .

Phonak’s rechargeable hearing aid

Phonak announced the launch (on 29 August) of its new Audeo lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid.  Apparently its a world first and no doubt many others will be following suit.

Summer Webinar Series on Tinnitus

Audiology online announced a four-part series of webinars taking place during July.

Overcharging for hearing aids in Australia

The ‘Conversation’ published an article on overcharging for hearing aids in Australia resulting from the unregulated audiology services over there.  Importantly, it recommends people get a second quote and compare prices before taking the plunge and buying your hearing aid.

Hearing Loss Awareness: Turning invisible hearing loss into the visible you

Finally, Stu Nunnery published a great blogpost on the Phonak website, about the importance of raising awareness about hearing loss.  Whilst there are lots of blogs on raising awareness, this post particularly caught my attention because it was so positive and upbeat.  Check it out for yourself.  Do you agree with his views?


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.

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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