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

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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

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (6-12 June)

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Sunday 12 June

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
  • Inspiring People
  • British Society of Audiology Survey
  • Connevans new website 
  • The Daily Jobseeker
  • Blogpost: Hearing Health should be a workplace priority
  • Phonak Survey
  • Research: The emerging research relating to Tinnitus
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates for conferences and workshops (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (16-22 May)

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Sunday 22 May

After a couple of busy weeks with Deaf Awareness Week followed by the annual congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA), it seems to have been relatively quiet this past week.  The key event was probably Tinnitus Awareness Week which took place in the States and in addition, I’ve a summary of other highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date as usual.  

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week
  • Product News: Ear Plugs for Tinnitus Sufferers 
  • Research: Bedside sound generators as a tool for tinnitus management
  • Blogpost: Tinnitus – everything I’ve learned so far
  • Research: Appreciating Music with a Cochlear Implant
  • Action on Hearing Loss seeks testers for new website
  • Services: Gatwick airport trialling lanyard scheme for passengers with hidden disabiliteis
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

Continue reading Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (16-22 May)

Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (18 – 24 April)

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Sunday 24 April

 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 my roundup as usual of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • Top 5 occupations causing hearing loss
  • Consultation on NICE Guidance on adult onset hearing loss
  • Can a personal website help you find a job?
  • Deaf people accused of Access to Work fraud
  • New research uncovers faulty gene causing otosclerosis
  • 1 in 8 US workers has some degree of hearing loss
  • Audiology Now! 
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • Key diary dates (new entries highlighted in blue)

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (11 – 17 April)

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Sunday 17 April

 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 my roundup as usual of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • Some personal experiences
  • Tips for navigating your workplace
  • Getting help from the Job Centre
  • Access to fire alarms in hotels
  • Withdrawal from NHS hearing aid contracts
  • Deaf lawyers join the US Supreme Court
  • Audiology Now! 
  • New career and volunteer opportunities 
  • This week’s blog
  • Key diary dates

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (4 – 10 April)

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Sunday 10 April

 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 my roundup as usual of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  
  • Guidance on adult onset hearing loss  
  • Government decision on subtitling catch-up tv
  • 10 tips on creating your cv
  • How we use our brain influences tinnitus
  • Hearing Link launches new website
  • Effectiveness of earplugs in reducing noise induced hearing loss
  • Feedback on Tinnitus 2016
  • Diabetes and hearing loss
  • The Deaf women in Obama’s White House  
  • Key diary dates

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (14-20 March)

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Sunday 20 March

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 my regular roundup of the highlights from my timelines, that should bring you up to date.  

  • Advice on sharing information about your hearing loss in job interviews
  • Feedback on the Adult Hearing Screening conference  
  • Deaf and unemployed? 5 things to know about claiming job seekers allowance 
  • Resources for young people moving into employment 
  • The 10 worst jobs for your ears
  • Survey on access to theatres and concert halls
  • Feedback on the 10th international tinnitus research conference
  • Technology update
  • Musicians and the danger of deafness
  • Career Opportunities  
  • Key diary dates

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Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (8-14 Feb)

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 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.  As it was tinnitus awareness week in the UK, much of the news was dominated by tinnitus related stories.
  • Nottingham Hearing Biomedical research Unit newsletter was published
  • JAMA publishes findings of new research into treatment for chronic tinnitus
  • Action on Hearing Loss announces findings of new survey of tinnitus sufferers 
  • Progressive hearing loss linked to Wbp2 gene
  • Research proposals sought for detection and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Consultation on planning and noise guidance

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Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far

I have to admit that I’m lucky not to suffer from tinnitus to any great degree.  I do have a high pitched hum when I remove my hearing aids, which can be a little distracting, but its certainly not the overwhelming sound that some people can find completely debilitating.

I’m therefore not able to draw on my own personal experiences when writing about tinnitus, so instead I’ve taken the opportunity to spend a few hours doing some research to learn more about it.   Here I share the fruits of my labours drawn mainly from the excellent websites that I’ve referenced below. Continue reading Tinnitus: everything I’ve learned so far

Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (1-7 Feb)

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 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.  
  • The impact of the Zika virus on your hearing
  • New study from the USA on the prevalence of hearing difficulty and tinnitus amongst workers
  • Plans to privatise the Access to Work scheme
  • New study on the impact of hearing aids on memory, speech and working life
  • Hearing loss of oil and gas workers – double that of other industries
  • Free online course on Deafness in the 21st Century
  • Tinnitus Awareness Week
  • Plus a range of diary dates for conferences and webinars

Continue reading Hearing loss in the workplace: What’s in the news? (1-7 Feb)