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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.

Hearing Link to feature in its first Radio 4 Charity Appeal

On Sunday 14th December at 7.55am, our first BBC Radio 4 Appeal in aid of our charity will be broadcast, featuring our patron and renowned television presenter Sian Williams. Sian has been a Patron of Hearing Link for almost a decade and was inspired to support our work after seeing a family member struggle with hearing loss. We are delighted she has got involved in our first appeal.

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.

North Staffordshire hearing aids funding

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

Royal Academy Talks

Speech-to-text transcription for talks and exhibitions at the RA.

Your ideas - hearing loss research

The James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership would like you to think about your own experiences of hearing loss. What do you want to know more about? What questions have you been unable to find an answer to? What questions do you think researchers should be working on?

The hearing aid fit for a King - Exhibition in Liverpool

A chair which doubles as a hearing aid is the centrepiece of a new exhibition, part of an international disability festival in the UK. Art of the Lived Experiment is running until 11 January 2015 at the Bluecoat in Liverpool as part of DaDaFest.

Prince Philip is seen with a hearing aid for the first time

The 93-year-old royal stepped out in public wearing hearing aids for the very first time today. The listening devices, which could just about be seen protruding from his ears, were worn during a reception for members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association at Buckingham Palace.

How soldiers with hearing loss returning from WW1 changed perceptions of deafness

As a freelance community researcher working with disabled groups, Rrizia Wells wanted to share her recent experience of working with deaf people on a WW1 commemorative exhibition at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds – Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan.

New system will help hard-of-hearing theatregoers

Regular visitors to a North-East theatre have helped fund a new system to help hard-of-hearing patrons. A radio frequency hearing system has been installed at Darlington Civic Theatre.

'My dizziness got so bad I feared it was a brain tumour,' says Chris Packham

The presenter of hit wildlife programmes such as Springwatch, Inside The Animal Mind and The Really Wild Show has suffered for more than a decade with Ménière's disease, a condition that affects the inner ear and can without warning send the brain's visual perception of the world into a high-speed spin.

Tonsillitis and ear infections 'can cause hearing loss in later life'

Common childhood illnesses such as tonsillitis and ear infections can cause hearing loss later in life, according to results from a famous study.

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.

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.


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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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