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
There’s been a bit of a mixed bag this week but a couple of things did catch my eye and stand out. The first was the survey of hearing aid batteries. The emerging findings are really interesting but it really needs more people to complete the survey to get more meaningful information. The second has been the news of the latest Apple patent. It does make me wonder if, before long, they could move into the development of hearing aid. After all, given the ageing population across the globe and the increasing prevalence of noise induced teenage hearing loss, its going to be a massive market in the next decade. Read about these and more in my weekly roundup below.
US Policy update: Hearing Health Care for Adults
Survey: Hearing Aid Batteries – How long do they really last?
Technology: News on a new Apple patent for bone conduction headphones
British Society of Audiology Survey
Connevans new website
The Daily Jobseeker
Blogpost: Hearing Health should be a workplace priority
Research: The emerging research relating to Tinnitus
New career and volunteer opportunities
Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)
A couple of week’s ago I was fitted with some Phonak Audeo V90 RIC hearing aids. They’re thought by many to be the best hearing aid on the market and I thought that if I was going to take the plunge into buying some hearing aids privately, then I might as well try out the very best.
I’ve always wondered whether there was much of a difference between NHS aids and privately bought aids, and after two weeks, I can now tell you that there most definitely is!
Now some of this is no doubt down to the customer care I’ve received by going privately and the expertise of the audiologist doing the fitting and fine tuning, and I have to give credit where its due to Castle Hearing for this.
If you’re busy trying to juggle work and home life, then you might not have had time to catch up on the news and social media this week. Here’s a roundup of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.
Hearing loss and the risk of developing dementia
One in five US teens is found to have hearing loss
WHO launches survey on assistive devices
New study finds hearing loss affects 40% of musicians
DWP introduces video relay services for sign language users
So I’ve finally gone and done it. After years of putting off, I’ve taken the first step towards buying my first hearing aid.
I’ve often wondered whether it would be worth the financial outlay and when I’ve asked NHS audiologists, I’ve been assured that NHS hearing aids are no different to those bought privately. But then again, when I’ve asked independent audiologists the same question, they’ve always said that privately bought aids are much better. I’ve therefore never quite known who to believe and in the end, have decided that I just need to try them out for myself and reach my own conclusions.
After doing a lot of reading and talking to people over the past few weeks, I’d drawn up a shortlist of two hearing aids I wanted to try and I then took the plunge and contacted an independent hearing aid dispenser.
If you’re busy trying to juggle work and home life, then you might not have had time to catch up on the news and social media this week. Here’s a roundup of things that have been on my timelines, that might help you stay up to date. Sit back, have a cup of coffee and check out some of the following:
I’ve recently been involved in an email exchange with a friend about the implantable hearing aids produced by Phonak called the Lyric. My friend described them as “life changing” and I was intrigued to find out what the difference was between these and my normal hearing aids.
A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop, (which was an excellent workshop by the way). However, there was a group session which involved working in pairs and with well over a dozen pairs of people in the room, it was obviously very noisy. So noisy in fact, that I almost had to ask the person I was paired with, if we could go outside of the room to talk.