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Hearing Help

For decades, the only remedies for hearing loss were devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants. Now, the first pharmaceutical treatments may be on the way.

Hidden hearing loss might be the real reason you can't hear well

Do you struggle to understand the person next to you above the background chatter at dinner parties? Or fret at the prospect of an evening in a pub that insists on blaring out loud music?

Diggle painter shares unique exhibition based on sounds

A Talented painter from Diggle is to stage a unique exhibition of her work… based on sounds.

Classes in lip reading offered by NHS Highland

A Scottish health board has offered adults with hearing loss taster classes in lip reading. NHS Highland will hold the sessions in Dingwall from 14 September until the end of the month.

Hearing aids: What you need to know and how to choose one

Around 4 million people in the UK would benefit from using a hearing aid – so what’s stopping so many of us from addressing hearing loss?

Bone Anchored Users Day, Manchester, 3 October

Oticon Medical is pleased to invite you to attend a Bone Anchored Users Day at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. Email lgar@oticonmedical.com to find out more.

Lipreading classes for you?

If you are one of the millions who struggle to hear in noisy social situations, or at work, and in meetings, the very best thing that you can do to help yourself is to join a Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss class. You will learn about the usefull skill of lipreading, and about strategies, organisations, and equipement to help you. There will be free taster sessions all over the country. Classes are small friendly, and great fun!

Barclays Bank to pilot new project to support its customers with hearing loss

Barclays Beacon is a technology that lets staff members know when you arrive in branch, and informs them of any accessibility requirements you have disclosed. It means customers with hearing loss, disabilities any other sensory loss get the support needed from staff in its branches.

Actress behind Dot Cotton reveals loss of sight and hearing

EastEnders star June Brown - who plays Albert Square veteran Dot Cotton - has revealed she is losing her hearing, just months after admitting her vision was starting to fade.

Cop sues nightclub where he attended break-in - because he claims the burglar alarm gave him tinnitus

A police officer has threatened to sue a nightclub after he claimed their burglar alarm damaged his hearing.

The value of cochlear implantation to adults: experiences before and after implantation

The Ear Foundation (TEF) is carrying out research to examine cochlear implantation in adults. As part of this, we would really appreciate to hear about your views and experiences as an adult with cochlear implants and the value of your implant to you. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes, and your answers will be anonymous and all responses will be safely stored. Closing date: 20 August.

Lipreading and Living with Hearing Loss courses

Lipreading Courses and Social Groups take place in East Surrey & NE Hampshire as part of the Diocese of Guildford Hear Here! Project. Contact Tracy Wade for more information: Telephone 01483 790327. Textphone 07531 268476. Email tracey.wade@cofeguildford.org.uk

Research workshop - James Lind Alliance

Patients and clinicians with experience of mild to moderate hearing loss will decide which are the top 10 most important unanswered questions for future research. If you would like to contribute to the workshop, we would love to have you come along. Thursday 3 September, Birmingham.

Man who lip-reads during lessons graduates with NTU engineering degree

He struggled to keep up in class, as it was not easy trying to read the lips of his lecturers. Yet, Mr Jeremiah Oon had no choice. He also had to depend heavily on his classmates for notes and seek extra help after school.

Why classical music can provide relief for tinnitus

Will Sedley and colleagues at Newcastle University in 2015 recorded brain waves in a tinnitus patient in order to examine how the various brainwaves, alpha, beta and delta may be linked to the perception of tinnitus.

Cilla Black had tinnitus - I know how she feels

Singer and Blind Date host suffered from tinnitus, a condition that can cause dizziness, ringing in your ears and deafness.

Silent battle with hearing loss ups depression risk

Researchers have suggested that silently battling with hearing loss without seeking help could strain a person to the extent that they can suffer from depression.

'I felt vulnerable and lost'

Man who experienced what it's like to be deaf for a day in television experiment admits he felt lonely and excluded. He appeared on ITV's This Morning to describe his experience.

Manchester Lipreading Teacher Training Course receives large grant

Thanks to this grant, Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies has been able to greatly reduce the cost of training to be a lipreading teacher.  As well as lower tuition fees, the grant will also provide interest free loans and bursaries.

Tinnitus sufferers invited to take part in new Plymouth drug trial

PEOPLE affected by tinnitus are being asked to take part in a new clinical drug trial. Derriford Hospital is one of 11 hospitals in the UK taking part in the QUIET-1 trial, which will involve about 150 patients receiving four daily pills – or a placebo – every day for four weeks.

British Academy of Audiology (BAA) 12th Annual Conference

The conference is taking place at the Harrogate International Centre on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November 2015.

NHS England will not stop hearing aid ‘rationing’ plan

NHS England will not intervene in a clinical commissioning group’s attempt to ‘ration’ access to hearing aids, LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal can reveal.

Bradford's pioneering ear implant centre celebrates 25th anniversary

The Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service, which has carried out life-changing cochlear implants on 940 people at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is inviting patients old and new to its open anniversary event on Wednesday, August 19.

Sussex Police marksman removed from firearms job because he was deaf

A police marksman was removed from a firearms job because he was deaf, an employment tribunal heard this week.

Family calls for more tinnitus research after father's death

A family from Llandudno is hoping to raise money and awareness in memory of their father, who died after suffering with chronic tinnitus.

Our lip-reading technology promises to make hearing aids more human

Hearing aids can be lifelines for people with hearing loss. But their limitations can mean that, in particularly noisy environments, users cannot exploit the best of the existing technology. Most new hearing aid designs just make small improvements to microphones, power efficiency and noise filtering. We propose an entirely new approach.

Professional musician is playing the piano again

Professional musician Elizabeth Elliott was forced to give up the career she loved when she became completely deaf at the age of 40. The talented pianist and violinist said her “world fell silent” when a rare inherited condition gradually eroded her hearing until she was unable to pick up even the loudest of sounds.

Hearing aids and vasectomies rationed as NHS pressures bite

One in three GPs says NHS rationiing has increased in the last year, as investigation finds hearing aids, vasectomies and hip and knee operations are being restricted.

Hearing loss discrimination cases settled

Health and courts bodies have settled disability discrimination cases with people with hearing loss in Northern Ireland, the Equality Commission said.

Talking about hearing aids

Over the past few years I have had more understanding and empathy for people who wear hearing aids. This is because my husband, daughter and niece have all started to wear hearing aids and it is not an understatement to say that hearing aids really have transformed each of their lives.

Steeton man wins settlement after workplace noise caused hearing loss

A Steeton man whose hearing was damaged after he was exposed to excessive workplace noise has won a settlement from his former employer. Nigel Simpson has to wear a hearing aid in his left ear following an eight-year spell working at British Coal’s Hatfield Main Colliery in Doncaster.

Magnetic pulses may ease ringing in the ears

People with tinnitus - a ringing or other "phantom" sounds in their ears - may benefit from a treatment that sends electromagnetic pulses into the brain, suggests a new study.

Boris Johnson considering buying 'sound cannons' to help Scotland Yard tackle riots

Boris Johnson may consider buying controversial “sound weapons” for Scotland Yard to use when dealing with riots – despite the risk they can cause permanent hearing loss.

Hear & Now free events

Join Hearing Link in September and October to find out new ways to make living with hearing loss easier. We are hosting our valuable Hear & Now information and social events in Leicester, Surrey and Liverpool.

Research with text relay users

Facts International and Opinion Leader, independent research agencies, are carrying out this research into the text relay service on behalf of Ofcom, the communications regulator.

80 at Eighty. An ILC-UK factpack

Inspired by ILC-UK Chief Executive and founder, Baroness Sally Greengross, who turned 80 on the 29th of June this year, we have launched our new factpack, '80 at Eighty' giving 80 facts about life in your 9th decade.

Electromagnetic waves, simple cure to Tinnitus

One of the common health problems is the tinnitus pronounced as (TIN-ih-tus) and it is noise or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people and it is actually not a condition but it is a symptom of causal condition like hearing loss linked with getting older, ear injury or a disorder in the circulatory system.

Benefits for the hearing disabled

The World Health Organisation has predicted that by 2030 adult-onset hearing loss will be one of the top ten problems in Britain, outstripping both cataracts and diabetes. So how do you get help and are there any benefits available to support the hearing disabled?

Making health and social care information accessible

The accessible information standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients/service users and, where appropriate, carers and parents, receive information in formats that they can understand, and that they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.

Lilian Greenwood MP to lead Parliamentary group on deafness

Lilian Greenwood, the Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South, has been elected chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.

Hearing Link CEO Dr Lorraine Gailey is nominated for Signature Outstanding Contribution Award

This award recognises an individual's outstanding contribution towards developing a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access. Nominees may have demonstrated significant passion, made a long-term commitment or a timely intervention, provided an excellent service, substantially raised awareness or campaigned for change.

Communication support survey

In November 2014, members of Hearing Link's Community Panel completed a survey telling us how much they knew about communication support.

Ben Cohen: 'I've felt bullied, even though I was a top rugby star'

It's a noisy hotel bar and not the ideal place to interview rugby star Ben Cohen, who has 50% hearing loss in both ears, but he's effortlessly tackling every question until we get to one about his personal life.

Have scientists found a cure for deafness?

Gene therapy to treat hereditary human deafness could be available within five years. Research revealed today shows the revolutionary technique is capable of fixing faulty DNA to let genetic deaf mice hear again.

Cochlear implant users Picnic in the Park Sat 8 August

An afternoon of fun and relaxation. Meet other CI users. Venue: Victoria Park, Newbury. 2-4.30 pm. RSVP Michele michelemotteux@outlook.com

Deaf pensioner saves the lives of sailors after being the only one who could hear their cries... thanks to her new hearing aid

A profoundly deaf woman saved the lives of two sailors when her new hearing aids picked up their cries for help that others could not hear.

Keeping your hearing safe and sound: the key to a fantastic festival season

It’s summertime again, and this time of year brings the music festival season. Partying with friends, soaking up the sun, and listening to great bands make music festivals an unforgettable experience. But few festival-goers pay any thought to their hearing even though festivals put exceptional strain on our ears.

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.

  • September 20,  Roman London
  • November 22,  Bloomsbury Women

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