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Hear & Now events, Market Harborough, Derry/Londonderry & Belfast, November & December

Join us for our ‘Hear & Now’ events to find out how you can make living with hearing loss easier.

Nominations for Heather Jackson Award 2014

The Heather Jackson Award is awarded each year to a deafened person who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the welfare and opportunity of deafened people. Nominations are open now.

A Night at the Opera, Eastbourne, 9 November

Join principal singers from Opera Holland Park for an evening of popular arias, and raise money for Hearing Link. The event takes place at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

The app that lets deaf people 'hear': Software turns smartphone into a real time speech translator

Around five per cent of the world’s population suffer from hearing loss, and keeping up with conversation at a busy restaurant or in a group meeting, can be almost impossible – even if they are lip reading experts. But now there’s an app that translates speech into written words that show up on a smartphone, even when people are all talking at once.

North Staffordshire hearing aids funding axe condemned by national experts

Scores of national hearing loss experts have condemned plans to scrap NHS hearing aids for moderately deaf people in Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Next Generation Text Service

There has been a national text relay service in UK since 1991 enabling textphone users to contact hearing people over the telephone.  BT has now launched an improved service known as Next Generation Text Service (NGTS).  You will be able to make calls in exactly the same way with NGTS using your textphone but the new service will give you more ways to make a call so you don’t need to rely on a textphone. 

Fined for Excessive Noise in the Workplace

A firm specialising in foam and feather furnishings has been fined after failing to protect its workforce from excessive noise levels made by production machinery.

Hearing 'How Much Is That Doggie' for Four Years

Pensioner had How Much Is That Doggie in the Window playing in her head for 4 years - but now it's changed to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Hearing aids problem hits government

Controversial plans to cut NHS funding for hearing aids could be referred to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

New Hearing Loss Technology Out-Performs Normal Hearing

New technology for people with hearing loss in the UK, allows them to hear and understand speech in high noise and over distance, by up to 62 per cent better than those with normal hearing in the same conditions, according to a recently published paper.

Walks & Talks for lipreaders in London

Enjoyable walks and talks around places of interest in London, with lipspeaking support. Look at the programme of events for 2014.

Real-time, real-world captioning comes to Google Glass

A new app for Google Glass captions conversations in real-time. 

RogerVoice App Helps Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Make Phone Calls

French startup RogerVoice has created the world's first ever subtitling smartphone app that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing people to make phone calls.

Tinnitus petition from Department of Health

Tinnitus affects about 10% of the UK population, usually caused by damage to the inner ear from loud noise or ototoxic (ear poison) prescribed medicines.

Nuisance calls are the UK’s biggest annoyance

Unwanted calls and automated recordings from PPI claim companies and sales people are Britons’ top annoyance, new research from BT has found.

Aiming to find a 'common purpose’ for deaf organisations - UKCoD

The Chairman of UKCOD has said that a lack of progress by deaf organisations compared with organisations representing other groups is the motivation behind an aim to develop a ‘common purpose’ for the sector. 

Politicians can no longer afford to ignore the costs of hearing loss

The Independent Commission on Hearing Loss states that “Politicians can no longer afford to ignore the individual, economic and social cost of hearing loss.” 

Former Crimewatch presenter speaks out about her hearing loss

A former Crimewatch TV presenter has spoken out about hearing loss and the impact it has had on her life. 

Hearing Link boosted by funding for its Link Up programme

Hearing Link is delighted to have been awarded £98,736 towards its Link Up Project over the next two years by the Big Lottery Fund. 

Deaf golfer breaks new ground in golf course design

Ben Stephens of SAS Golf Design and Secretary of England Deaf Golf proves that deafness is no barrier to following a career within the sports industry. 

Oily fish 'can fight deafness in elderly'

Just two servings of fish a week can slash the risk of hearing loss by a fifth, according to a new study. 

Vest translates sound into vibration for the hearing impaired

Neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman and graduate student Scott Novich are developing a hearing device that you wear on your torso. 

Amplifon UK cycle team raises £4734 for Hearing Link

Amplifon UK staff members cycled from London to Paris to raise vital funds for Hearing Link.

Discover UCL summer school for D/deaf and hard of hearing students

University College London ran an innovative three day residential summer school exclusively for D/deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Hearing Loss Infographic

Are you losing your hearing? It’s a simple question but not always an easy one to answer. Explore this graph to find out.

Seven ways to protect your ears. Advice from the Spectator

Find out easy ways to avoid going deaf – or preserve what hearing you’ve got. 

Hospitals in Wales are not giving enough support to people with hearing loss, says patient watchdog

A patient watchdog says hospitals in Wales are not giving enough support to people with hearing loss. 

North Staffordshire postpones decision on hearing aid provision

A final decision on plans to potentially cut funding to hearing aids for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss in North Staffordshire have been delayed. 

Musician composes song at a specific frequency so cochlear implants can pick up the melody

Concerts and songs are often taken for granted by many people with full hearing, but its an activity deaf people can't enjoy in the same way. 


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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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