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Fabulous festival of summer fun

July will see Halifax Minster open its doors for a fabulous festival of summer events to entertain people of all ages. Yorkshire Music Club will be presenting ‘Making a Tune Develop’ in the Minster. This group encourages deaf and hearing impaired young people to be inspired by the power of music. It’s a free event for children aged seven upwards and adults.

Smart new pillow alarm alerts deaf or hard of hearing

Geofire’s ‘listen and learn’ technology, that’s delivering new levels of functionality and reliability to the Agrippa acoustic range of fire door holders and ‘swing-free’ closers, is now being used to alert deaf or hard of hearing people if the fire alarm sounds while they are sleeping.

Headphone joy for hard of hearing pensioner

A pensioner who suffers from industrial deafness is finally able to enjoy watching television after being awarded a personal grant to pay for specialist headphones.

Roger Pen survey

The Roger Pen is a wireless microphone that enables people with hearing loss to hear and understand more speech in loud noise and over distance. It can also be used to listen to TV or multimedia. Phonak Communications want to find out how people with hearing loss use the Roger Pen in every day life.The survey is intended for anyone who already uses the Roger Pen. Survey closes end June.

Offshore wind turbines 'deafen seals'

The noise from building offshore wind turbines could be damaging the hearing of seals, according to scientists.

Caregivers are failing to identify hearing loss in people with learning disabilities, claim Wearside experts

A pilot study conducted at the University of Sunderland found the carers are lacking the training to identify hearing loss in a person with special needs, which can significantly impact on quality of life.

UK Council on Deafness welcomes Access to Work research but remains concerned about cap on awards

The UK Council on Deafness welcomes the Department for Work and Pensions’ desire to establish the return on investment delivered by Access to Work. The need for research was identified in the equality analysis for the future of Access to Work. It said, “establishing the return on investment delivered by Access to Work will build the case for increased funding”.

Health watchdogs decide on hearing aids ban

Councillors will decide on Monday whether to refer to health secretary Jeremy Hunt a controversial decision to scrap hearing aids for people with mild deafness in Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Subtitle it - take action now!

Please urge the Government to act on improving subtitles on Video on Demand. Action on Hearing Loss has developed a simple campaign action that you can use to email Ed Vaizey about this issue.

The Ear Foundation reopens after £750k extension

The Ear Foundation recently had a £750,000 extension. Jemma Page speaks to one of the charity's patients about how it helped him.

Review: SportEar Custom Edge Hearing Protection

Of all the gear we hall to and from the gun range, proper hearing protection is among the most important. Repeated exposure to sounds louder than 90 decibels (dB) can cause permanent hearing loss. Since the average gun blast often exceeds 140dB, using hearing protection at each and every shooting event is a good idea.

Cash grant will help people with hearing loss - Portsmouth

Help is available for people who are losing their hearing but trying to stay in work. The Professional Footballers Association has awarded Pompey in the Community a grant to run sessions for people who are feeling isolated by the condition, to make their working lives easier.

How five-a-day can 'stop you going DEAF'

The hearing of people who ate well but had higher noise exposure was ... a healthy diet may not reverse hearing damage, it plays a part in prevention.

Dementia and hearing loss

Dementia is a condition which affects brain function. There are various types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. They all have similar symptoms including memory loss, mood changes and communication difficulties.

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.

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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