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Shropshire NHS Audiology Services Available At Town Centre Hub

Audiologists from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are now able to carry out appointments at The Hub in the Riverside Mall in Shrewsbury.

Anger as hearing aids are rationed by the NHS

The NHS has started to ration hearing aids for the deaf – with thousands of people being offered only one device when experts say they need two.

Great Western Hospitals Support Let's Loop Swindon with Hearing Loop Investment

WITH around 50 hearing loops in the hospital, GWH has been highlighted by national charity Hearing Link as a flagship organisation in Swindon.

Health boards struggling with deaf and hearing loss demand

Health boards across much of Wales are struggling to cope with the demand from people who are deaf or have hearing loss, a report has found.

Hearing loss-linked drug made safer

A safer version of a potent antibiotic for serious infections that often causes hearing loss has been developed by scientists.

Duke Of Edinburgh Starts Using Phone Designed For Hard Of Hearing

The 93-year-old royal has just started using a special mobile phone especially designed for people suffering from hearing loss, it can be revealed.

Tinnitus Clinical Study - volunteers needed

The QUIET-1 study is a clinical study to determine whether or not a new test drug, AUT00063, can reduce symptoms of tinnitus in comparison to a placebo (dummy drug) after 4 weeks of treatment.

If you are ≥ 18 years old and have had continual tinnitus for more than 6 months but less than 18 months, and are otherwise healthy, you may be eligible to take part.

Plans To Ration Hearing Aids Dropped

HEALTH chiefs have abandoned plans to ration people to only one hearing aid even though they have hearing loss in both ears.

New Mobile Service in Tiverton

A SERVICE for people with sight and/or hearing loss described as “nothing short of brilliant”, will be arriving in Tiverton next week to help showcase new equipment and provide information.

Bid To Improve Disabled Access At Sports Stadiums

The government is calling on disabled sports fans to share their experiences of viewing live sport at stadiums and sports grounds across Britain, in what it hopes will be the largest ever survey of its kind.

UK Council on Deafness welcomes changes to Access to Work

The UK Council on Deafness has welcomed the Minister for Disabled People’s announcement of immediate changes to Access to Work.

Tony Long's partner's view blog shortlisted for National Blog Awards

We are delighted to announce that Hearing Link blogger Tony Long has been shortlisted for the National Blog Awards 2015.

Nominate your Audiologist of the year

The Audiologist of the Year competition, run in conjunction with Audio Infos and EHIMA, asks patients to  nominate hearing care specialists who go beyond their call of duty and put their patients and their patients` well-being as their main priority. The competition will close on July 10th 2015.

Can banging on a drum save your hearing?
  • Research suggests learning to play any instrument, even the drums, helps.
  • Can improve hearing in noisy environments like parties and restaurants
  • Those who played an instrument were better at detecting sounds
20% of the UK population will suffer from hearing loss in 2031
Hearing loss has for too long been ignored, overlooked and disregarded, a UK commission has found.
Proposed hearing aid cuts in Devon

The British Tinnitus Association is very concerned over news that the Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is proposing to provide only one hearing aid for adults with hearing loss in both ears, according to the Plymouth Herald.

Participants wanted for Ménière’s disease clinical trial in Gloucestershire

Hope is being offered to long term sufferers of Ménière’s disease in Gloucestershire thanks to a new clinical trial taking place in the county to help find a cure.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are looking to recruit patients with Ménière’s disease for a national clinical trial testing a new treatment which may offer a cure for the condition.

Swindon stores urged to let in loops

NEARLY two thirds of Swindon’s supermarkets have no hearing loops installed to support their hard-of-hearing customers.This is the key finding of an audit conducted by volunteers of Let’s Loop Swindon, an organisation dedicated to improving the provision of inductive hearing loops.

Walks and talks for lipreaders

2015 programme of walks in and around London with lip speaking support.

Enjoy an evening of jazz

Enjoy an evening of jazz with Mike Hatchard and Tina May and raise money for Hearing Link! Book your tickets (£15) for 5th February at the Hailsham Pavilion, East Sussex.

Buying smartphones for hearing impaired employees

One in six UK-dwellers have some form of hearing loss and a third of those are of working age. This number is expected to increase to 14.5 million in 2031, according to Action on Hearing Loss, meaning the need for better hearing aids has never been higher.

More than six million older people suffering from hearing loss in the UK and not receiving treatment

There are 10 million people within the UK suffering from hearing loss, of those, more than 6 million are over 65 whilst the rest are working age and a further 800,000 are deaf, according to Action on Hearing Loss.

Easyjet makes air travel easier for the deaf and hard of hearing

Easyjet is the first low cost airline in the world to address the importance of lip reading for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames speaks out about hearing loss

From the police force, to live television and giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, presenter Jacqui Hames knows how to cope with pressure, but she says her world was turned upside down when she suddenly lost her hearing.

Mutebutton System - Irish company launches new medical device for tinnitus

An Irish manufacturing company, founded in 2010, that produces medical devices is launching an innovative new product this week.

Doctors urge caution on obstructions of ear canal

Ear, nose and throat doctors have warned that nothing should be put into the ear canal, even if someone feels it is blocked, as the activity might push the obstruction further out of reach, as it is possible that a dust mites, small cockroach or centipede could have entered the cavity during sleep.

Bosses rapped over hearing aid plans

Health bosses in Cornwall have been criticised over plans to change the level of hearing loss required before patients can receive hearing aids on the NHS.

Lack of discount for deaf TV licence payers 'unjust and unfair'

People who are deaf should get a reduction in their TV licence fee just like consumers that are blind, the CEO of an equality campaigning charity has said.

House of Lords discuss technology for deaf

On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) was marked around the world. Every year, this UN sanctioned day helps promote awareness and mobilises support for issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

Reporter learns how isolating hearing loss can be in experiment

It’s often been said in the office that I don’t listen. So perhaps that’s why I put myself forward to take part in a special hearing loss experiment at Conlons in Dumfries last week. What I wasn’t prepared for was the unnerving feeling of isolation which hits you when you can’t hear the sounds you normally take for granted.

Raise money for Hearing Link whenever you shop online!

Groceries?  Presents?  Party Dress? Whatever you’re shopping for, here’s how to have a % donated straight to Hearing Link.

Sounds aimed at people with hearing difficulties

A Southampton University researcher has developed a loudspeaker system to help people with hearing difficulties listen to television without affecting the sound for others.

How a hearing impaired science writer is listening to Wi-Fi

A freelance science writer in the UK, who has been slowly going deaf since his 20s, has developed a new software to turn local Wi-Fi signals into audible sounds.

How one Australian symphony orchestra protects players' ears

A program to protect Queensland Symphony Orchestra players in Australia from hearing loss is producing encouraging results, according to a new study.

Watchdog recomments local improvements

A major new study has been carried out by health and care watchdog Healthwatch Isle of Wight to highlight the difficulties faced by deaf/hard of hearing residents using Health and Social Care services on the Isle of Wight.

TV subtitling conference

Jean Straus reports back on  'The Future of Subtitling – TV and Broadcasting' conference hosted by UK Council on Deafness (UKCoD) on 10 November 2015.

Entrepreneur captures the spoken word

Tony Abrahams thanks his father, a GP who specialised in helping people with disabilities, for his business passion. “I had always expected that it would be in the field of disability that I would be able to make a difference, because I had been made aware that it had been underserved and overlooked for so long,” the Australian-born MBA graduate from Saïd Business School, Oxford, explains.

SAS hero smuggled cannabis into UK for suffering ex-soldiers after Government failed them, court hears

Paul Boucher, 52, praised for his bravery while serving with the Army in Northern Ireland, was spared jail after he said the drug was to ease former soldiers' suffering.

Man's best friend: Dog helps woman live life to full after she suddenly went deaf at 25

Despite going deaf and then losing the feeling in her feet, Tammy Thorne, 40, lives life to the full, thanks to help from her four-legged friend.

Untold Stories Of Deaf People In WW1

This year has seen many commemorations of the centenary of World War One. It was one of history's deadliest conflicts, claiming millions of lives. Stories featuring deaf people of that period have remained largely hidden but have been pulled together by See Hear.

Llanelli Big Brother winner Sam Evans relives "amazing" experience filming Africa documentary

The former Five Roads primary and Maes Yr Yrfa school student, who was born with 70 to 80 per cent hearing loss, teamed up with charity Sound Seekers to visit Mulawi for the documentary.

Shona Hudson: How I became an invisible shopper ...

Limping Chicken contributor and Hearing Link volunteer Shona Hudson writes about becoming an invisible shopper and discovering the everyday challenges for a deaf shopper.

Amazon Finally Adds Subtitles/Closed Captioning To Instant Video apps

Amazon has quietly rolled out a captions facility for users of its instant video service – marking a victory for disability campaigners.


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Hearing Times

Hearing Times are pleased to announce the launch of their new website, which will offer deaf and hard of hearing news, features and comment, updated daily. There are many features including local, national and international news, BSL video, and sections for arts, literature, health, education and product reviews.



Emergency SMS Service

Emergency SOS for people with hearing loss

This service allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired people in the UK to send a SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue or coastguard. It costs nothing to register for this service. 

Here is the web link http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/

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