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Research exploring how choice is working in NHS adult hearing services
17/07/2014

This research project examines the extent to which patients in England benefit from having a choice of NHS hearing loss services.

As part of this research project, Monitor is seeking views from patients, patient representative groups, General Practitioners (GPs), healthcare providers and commissioners on their experiences of adult hearing services.

The quickest and easiest way to share your views is to complete this online survey,

Many thanks.

Torchwood star John Barrowman says being deaf made him feel 'invisible'
11/07/2014

TV star John Barrowman, best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood, agreed to go ‘deaf’ for the day as part of a filmed experiment so he could understand more the difficulties that deaf people face.

Gel moulds were inserted into his ears leaving him with a dramatic 60 per cent hearing loss. He then attempted to go about his daily routine, but found the experience significantly tougher than expected.

“I didn’t realise how challenging deafness would be. I was extremely anxious when walking down the street and crossing the road, as I couldn’t hear busy traffic or the sounds of footsteps walking behind me,” he said.

More on this story.

Commission on Hearing Loss: Final Report
10/07/2014

There is an "urgent need" for hearing loss to be detected earlier as the number of people affected is set to soar, a new report suggests.

An estimated 10 million people suffer from hearing loss in the UK at present but by 2031 as many as 14.1 million people will struggle with hearing, according to a report from the think tank International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).

The authors said that more must be done to detect problems earlier.

They also said that ministers must publish an action plan on how the Government plans to address hearing loss.

"Since the 1990s there has been a steady rise in the number of people with hearing loss and this is only set to get worse - if we look into the future, there will be more older people and unfortunately many of them will experience hearing loss," said Baroness Greengross, chief executive of the ILC-UK.

"If we consider that while loud rock music and festivals may have contributed to hearing loss among the baby-boomers, iPod and other such devices may well pose an even greater danger to the next generation."

The news comes as it emerged that one local health authority is considering whether or not to continue providing hearing aids for all patients on the NHS.

North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is running a consultation on whether or not to stop providing hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

More on this from Yahoo News.

Read the Commission on Hearing Loss: Final Report, published by the International Longevity Centre-UK.

New Funding Boosts Tinnitus Research
09/07/2014

UK biotechnology company Autifony Thereputics has been awarded £2.2 million by the government’s innovation agency to develop a new tinnitus drug.

Autifony Therapeutics, a UK-based biotechnology company, has announced that it has been awarded funding of £2.2 million by the UK government’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), to support a Phase 2 clinical trial in tinnitus patients of its new lead compound AUT00063.

The clinical trial which is planned to start later in the year, will be carried out in the UK in collaboration with The University of Nottingham and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (BRU).

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Call for action on hearing loss
07/07/2014

There is an "urgent need" for hearing loss to be detected earlier as the number of people affected is set to soar, a new report suggests.

An estimated 10 million people suffer from hearing loss in the UK at present but by 2031 as many as 14.1 million people will struggle with hearing, according to a report from the think tank International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).

The authors said that more must be done to detect problems earlier.

They also said that ministers must publish an action plan on how the Government plans to address hearing loss.

"Since the 1990s there has been a steady rise in the number of people with hearing loss and this is only set to get worse - if we look into the future, there will be more older people and unfortunately many of them will experience hearing loss," said Baroness Greengross, chief executive of the ILC-UK.

More on this story.

UK Health Professionals With Hearing Loss
03/07/2014

... is a network of d/Deaf and hard of hearing health professionals who share information and support.

As their website develops, it will include more practical information about strategies and equipment to enable health professionals with hearing loss to work in healthcare and discussion of issues such as training and employment.

This will also be relevant for trainers, supervisors and employers, occupational health staff, audiologists, hearing therapists, ENT staff and other related professions.

Check out their website.

MED-EL sets new milestone in hearing implant technology
03/07/2014

Medical devices company, MED-EL, has announced the launch of the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant device, a groundbreaking hearing implant system that harnesses advancements in magnetic research to allow patients to undergo routine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans, without the need for multiple surgeries.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electrical device which provides the sensation of hearing to those who have a profound or severe hearing loss.

Currently over 10,000 people in the UK have a cochlear implant and until now, limitations in technology meant that users were required to have the magnet within their implant surgically removed, and then reinserted, prior to and after every high-resolution, 3.0 Tesla MRI scan.

Full story from Hospital Healthcare.com

Stop the cuts to hearing aid services!
26/06/2014

Stop the cuts to hearing aid services! Please complete this online petition.

The North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently reviewing whether to continue to provide NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

To do this the CCG has a group known as the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG) which uses clinical evidence to score services and treatments (interventions). The CCG sets a threshold score and if an intervention scores below this threshold it will be considered for decommissioning.

It was through this process that hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss was considered. The score fell below the threshold for funding and so the CCG needs to carefully consider whether we continue to provide NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.

 The proposals are:

  • NHS hearing aids would no longer be provided for adults with low or moderate age-related hearing loss
  • These patients would still be eligible for free NHS hearing tests
  • Adult with severe or profound hearing loss would remain unaffected
  • Adult who currently have hearing aids will not have them taken away
  • Adult with moderate hearing loss would become eligible for hearing aids if their hearing deteriorates

For more information see the website http://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/hearing-aids/

Even if you don't live in this area please respond to give your view on this proposal by completing this survey.

Response by Dr Lorraine Gailey, CEO Hearing Link

'The proposal by North Staffordshire CCG to cease supplying hearing aids to older adults with mild and moderate hearing loss in order to save costs is both concerning, and puzzling.

It is concerning because there is  overwhelming evidence that effective early management of hearing loss is associated not only with a better quality  of life for older people, but also with a significant reduction in the risk of developing other health conditions such as depression, confusion and cognitive decline including dementia.

It is puzzling for the same reason: the relatively low cost of providing hearing aids for mild and moderate losses is much less than the cost of providing care for these associated conditions - not counting the high social and emotional costs they bring.

The CCG has a responsibility to explore ways of allocating scarce resources wisely, but we are confident that when they examine the facts and the evidence carefully they will realise their proposal does not make economic sense.'

Letter from Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance to Norman Lamb MP 13 June 2014

We are writing as a matter of urgency to express our grave concern over North Staffordshire CCG’s decision to launch a consultation into the decommissioning of hearing aids for people with a mild or moderate age-related hearing loss.

We are the Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance, a national coalition of the major public, private and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in hearing loss. Whilst we of course understand that local decision making has been devolved to CCG level, we urge the Department of Health to do all it can to stop this backwards and irrational step, which is unprecedented in the history of the NHS... 

Download a pdf of the entire letter.

7 July 2014

Discussion on the BBC with lipreading tutor Molly Berry. Scroll down the page for subtitles http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0480343

Surrey Hard of Hearing Forum - wanted new members!
25/06/2014

Become part of the Surrey Coalition of Disabled People Forum and make your voice heard on hearing loss and deafness issues:

  • Living with hearing loss courses
  • Lipreading classes
  • Social support groups
  • Advice on technology
  • Let's Loop Surrey

Contact Carol Pearson. Phone: 01483 456558. Text:  077809 33053. Email: info@surreycoalition.org.uk    Website: www.surreycoalition.org.uk

Lip Reading and Clear Speech Competition
15/06/2014

The British Association of the Hard of Hearing, formed shortly after the end of the Second World War, created a network of regional Federations of existing local hard of hearing clubs so that members of these local clubs could meet together several times a year. One such meeting was the Lip Reading and Clear Speech Competition (LRCSC).

Winners in the regional competition would then compete in a National Event.

These Regional Competitions and the National Event continued through the remainder of the twentieth century until there were too few Federations left to justify a National Competition.

The North West Federation of Hard of Hearing Clubs is one of the few regional Federation still existing and one of the even fewer which hold an annual LRCSC.

A LRCSC consists of two separate competitions. In one competition two lip speakers, typically members of the Association of LipSpakers or established Lip Reading teachers, read two short (100 Words) texts to the candidates, with each line of text being repeated before the candidate writes down what they hear.

Trophies are presented for the best individual lip reader and to teams of two from each competing club.
In the other competition the candidate reads a preset text to the judges and then talks for perhaps two minutes on a simple topic (such as "my holiday"). Judges may be audiologists, teachers of the deaf or similar professionals. The profoundly deafened candidates are judged separately from the hard of hearing and Trophies are presented in each of these two categories.

More details coming soon.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
12/06/2014

Edinburgh International Book Festival will be ensuring that all four of their venues will have infrared systems in place to improve the listening experience for those with hearing loss; neck loops and headphones will be made available to hearing aid users and others who want to hear as well as possible.

A hearing loop system was looked into (which allows sound to go directly into hearing aids without the need for a neck loop or head phones) but the organisers determined that the large amount of steelwork involved in the temporary venues would impact on the audio quality of the loop.

There will be no live text transcriptions so people can read what is said as it is said but there will be other written information available to browse and enjoy.

To find out more about access arrangements at this major literary event, see page 88 of the EILF brochure. www.edbookfest.co.uk

UK Deaf Sport
09/06/2014

UK Deaf Sport are developing a number of Regional Networks to bring together Sports and the deaf community to enable more people who are deaf and hard of hearing to [play, coach and volunteer in sport.

If you would like to be involved in this ground breaking project please contact:

Clive Breedon, National Participation Officer, UK Deaf Sport, SportPark- Loughborough University, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3QF.

Tel: 0794 4467980
participation@ukds.org.uk
www.ukdeafsport.org.uk

Vodaphone makes videos accessible for customers with hearing loss
02/06/2014

Vodaphones You Tube help videos provide a source of advice and information on new phones and services.  Now Vodaphone is making them accessible for customers with hearing loss – by subtitling every new help video they make.

This is a first for a UK mobile operator and it means all customers can benefit from the Vodafone Tech Team’s useful tips and advice. Vodafone employee, Blaise Persaud, explains how and why these changes came about: “During my time in the Vodafone innovation team, I was encouraged to work on projects
that I’m interested in— to find any problems in the business and look at possible solutions.

As I am  profoundly deaf, I decided to look  into issues that affect me and other deaf people— I know how
frustrating it can be when you want to watch a video, only to find that it does not have subtitles.

There’s so much information available nowadays, and with the constant developments in technology, people are using more innovative ways to communicate with each other. These methods are great, but when you are part of the minority that can’t access them, it can be disheartening.

Vodafone is taking steps to include more people and hopefully this will inspire even more changes.”

Hearing in Noise Conference, Saturday 11 October, West Sussex
28/05/2014

Bookings are now being taken for our joint autumn conference event that will be held in West Sussex in October.

Hearing Link is hosting this worthwhile event in partnership with fellow hearing loss charity Action for Deafness.   It is a good opportunity for people with hearing loss and their families, professionals, suppliers and service providers to share views, knowledge and information.

Titled ‘Hearing in Noise’, the conference will include interesting presentations from experts, as well as practical and informative workshops designed to increase understanding of why hearing in noise is difficult for hearing aid users. The conference will also look at ways in which this can be improved.

Tickets can be purchased via our website on http://www.actionfordeafness.org.uk/support/events/hearing-in-noise-conference/

or directly through eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/action-for-deafness-hearing-link-joint-conference-hearing-in-noise-tickets-11720204447 

Any problems please email info@actionfordeafness.org.uk, or call 01444 415582.

Hearing Link survey: How can hearing loss be easier to manage?
28/01/2014

You can help shape the services that Hearing Link offers and you can help us to understand more about what matters to you by completing our new survey.

The results will be powerful in influencing our thinking and our actions so please take some time to fill it in. Your views count.

We want to gather as much feedback as possible by the end of February 2014. Many thanks for your involvement.

Please complete the survey here.

InteRACT at the Royal Academy, London
14/11/2013

InteRAct events for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors will continue throughout the year involving a variety of talks and tours for main shows with lipspeaking support.

Either book your tickets here http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/talks/ or purchase them at the ticket desk as you arrive on the day.

Walks & talks for lipreaders in London
01/11/2013

Programme of walks in 2014.

  • June 28 Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Museum, Stanmore, Middx
  • July 20th Brompton Cemetery
  • September 21st Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • November 23rd Passport to Pimlico & Tate Britain

Contact lynne.dubin@virgin.net for further information. 

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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.

www.hearingtimes.co.uk  

 

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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