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TV subtitles are improving – but speed makes some unreadable

The quality of TV subtitling is continuing to improve, but more needs to be done to control speed and readability, new research has found.

UK Deaf Sport host conference to tackle key issues for deaf athletes

UK Deaf Sport have held their first national conference at The Wesley Hotel in London, with a series of expert speakers and contributors taking part to discuss key issues and opportunities related to deaf sport.

The deaf sisters in equality battle for interpreter at One Direction gig

Two deaf sisters have met the First and Deputy First Minister after a row erupted over a major concert organiser refusing to arrange an interpreter for a One Direction show in Belfast.

Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids

Beethoven composed some of his most famous works after he became profoundly deaf. More recently, musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson and Phil Collins have encountered problems with their hearing. Tinnitus affects many more, from Eric Clapton and Neil Young to will.i.am.

National Assembly wins award for being a top deaf-friendly organisation

The National Assembly for Wales has won the silver award in Action on Hearing Loss Cymru's Excellence Wales awards. The awards are organised to recognise success in providing deaf-friendly services to the 530,000 people in Wales who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Coalition on Deafness Northern Ireland

Deaf charities from across Northern Ireland have come together on Monday 18 May to launch a unique initiative, ‘The Coalition on Deafness’, which they hope will transform the lives of people who are deaf, deafblind, have a hearing loss or tinnitus. Read Coalition On Deafness NI press release here.

Final bid to stop hearing aid cuts in Staffordshire

Campaigners have launched a last-gasp bid to overturn a decision stopping hundreds of deaf people having NHS hearing aids.

Generation Deaf: Doctors Warn of Dangers of Ear Buds

Hearing loss began early for Josh Musto, triggered at first by a heavy metal concert and worsened by years of playing guitar in two bands. Listening to loud music constantly through ear buds may be to blame for a ringing in his ears.

Are you making yourself deaf? 5 surprising causes of hearing loss

The number-one cause of deafness is probably quite an obvious one: age. Most people’s hearing begins to decline from 30 onwards; by 60, more than 50% will have some degree of hearing loss, and by 80, most will be significantly heard of hearing.

Improved cochlear implants could be developed based on hearing loss study

A landmark study that unveils the biological process of how the brain balances the hearing between two ears to localise sound and hear in noisy conditions could help improvise cochlear implants and hearing aids.

£5.8 million boost to help blind and deaf people get online in Bradford

A NEW £5.8 million lottery scheme to give everyday digital skills to people, including those in Bradford, with sight and hearing loss is ready for takers keen to get connected and get online.

National deaf charity launches North Staffordshire petition to save hearing aid provision

A national deaf charity is calling on the county to oppose plans to stop providing hearing aids to those mildly affected.

Osteoporosis linked to higher risk of sudden deafness

People with osteoporosis may be almost twice as likely to develop sudden hearing loss, compared to people without the bone disease, according to researchers in Taiwan.

Big Issue: One in five suffer a form of hearing loss in North Staffordshire

Throughout the country one in six people experience some form of hearing loss – but in North Staffordshire that number rises to one in five.It is easy to forget some of the things in our lives we take for granted, such as the ability to see and hear.

Study says deaf people fear discrimination from employers

Fear of discrimination means 84,000 deaf and hard of hearing people hide their condition from prospective employers, new research has revealed.

Deaf Awareness Week

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Smoke alarms

Firefighters in East Sussex are urging people who suffer from hearing loss and their loved ones to check that they have effective smoke alarms.

Scottish scientists developing a lip-reading hearing aid

SCOTTISH scientists are to create the first hearing aid that can read lips. The gadget will use a tiny camera to identify the patterns of a speaker’s lip movements.

NADP Conference and Annual General Meeting 16th May 2015

Presentations by Ofcom and BT on the new Next Generation Text relay service along with hands-on training, plus discussions on Connect TV, BBC iplayer and subtitles. Venue: Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1.

Hidden hearing loss?

Hearing loss affects around 10 million people but numbers are set to rise.

Can't hear? It may be down to grinding your teeth or problems with your kidneys

While age and exposure to loud noise are the most common causes, hearing loss can sometimes be a symptom of another condition.

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems.

Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

For the first time, signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across the brain of a patient undergoing surgery.

Ambulance service up for deaf-friendly award

THE Welsh Ambulance Service has been shortlisted for a new award, the first of its kind in Wales.

Charity set to undertake one of the UK's biggest loop audits

Hearing Link and its army of volunteers are to undertake one of the biggest audits of hearing loops in the UK later this year.

Walks & Talks for lipreaders in London

Programme of walks in and around London 2015. With lipspeaking support provided by NRCPD Registered Lipspeakers Lynne Dubin and Sara Scanlon. Contact Lynne and Sara at lynnedubin16@gmail.com  or SMS 07890 103 777 to book and for further information.

  • July 19 St Pancras and Kings Cross - More than Stations
  • September 20,  Roman London
  • November 22,  Bloomsbury Women

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