MP backs our national campaign to Subtitle It!
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Â Today Labour MP Lilian Greenwood is submitting a new Private Members Bill to the House of Commons, in support of our campaign to ensure the millions of deaf and hard of hearing people who rely on subtitles can equally access â€˜on demandâ€™ TV and film through new media services. The Private Members Bill, which comes just weeks after Action on Hearing Loss laun...
Fri, Jul 10 2015
Sky announces plans to increase on-demand subtitled content
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Sky has shared plans with Action on Hearing Loss, outlining its commitment to ensure its on-demand platform can show substantially more subtitles by summer 2016, a move that promises to make its service more accessible to the one in six people in the UK who have some kind of hearing loss. Currently, little of Skyâ€™s on-demand content is accessible to deaf people, b...
Fri, Jul 10 2015
NHS England launches Accessible Information Standard
Action on Hearing Loss blogs A long-awaited information standard has just been launched by NHS England that will improve healthcare for millions of people with sensory loss and other disabilities. The Accessible Information Standard requires all NHS and adult social care organisations to meet the communication needs of people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss by 31st July 2016, incl...
Fri, Jul 10 2015
Hike for Hearing Loss
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Hike forÂ Hearing LossÂ is aÂ walk to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week (19-25 May 2014). In this blog our volunteer Jean talks about her experiences of working with Action on Hearing Loss and how she came to set up the walk. If you are interested in taking partÂ please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or callingÂ 0207 296 8039.
Wed, Apr 30 2014
Have your say on the future of ENT services
Action on Hearing Loss blogs ENT UK has launched a new survey as part of its GENERATE project, which gives you the opportunity to have your say on future research for ENT, Hearing and Balance care in the UK. Nicola Robas, from our Biomedical Research team, explains why weâ€™re supporting this important project and why itâ€™s vital for you to share your views by taking the GENERATE survey.
Tue, Apr 29 2014
Bad big brother
Action on Hearing Loss blogs We have 26 fantastic runners taking part in the London Marathon for us on Sunday 13 April 2014. One of the runners is our Chief Executive, Paul Breckell's sister. In our latest blog he tells us about why he is being a bad big brother, and asking for your help to make it up to his sister and help support those running for us in this year's marathon.
Fri, Apr 04 2014
A taste of life in the lab
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Our annual Summer Studentship scheme gives the most talented undergraduate students in the UK an opportunity to experience life in a hearing research lab. By doing this, we hope to encourage them to take up careers in research and become the hearing scientists of tomorrow. We awarded 13 Summer Studentship grants last year. The winner of our prize for best report, Re...
Tue, Apr 01 2014
Being a deaf mother to a hearing child
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Kate Galloway was born profoundly deaf into a hearing family and now has a family of her own, with a husband and son who are both hearing. Kate, who works as Services Manager in our Care & Support Outreach team in Wales, tells us about growing up in a hearing world and her experiences of being a deaf mother to a hearing child.
Thu, Mar 27 2014
Bringing together the worldâ€™s leading hearing loss...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Members of our Biomedical Research team recently attended the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) conference in San Diego, one of the most important annual events in hearing research. Nicola Robas, who was one of our representatives at the event, tells us about some of the highlights, which included presentations on research funded by Action on Hearing ...
Tue, Mar 11 2014
Life as a student volunteer
Action on Hearing Loss blogs We are coming to the end of Student Volunteer Week 2014, where we have been celebrating our student volunteers and trying to encourage more students to sign up and volunteer for us. In our latest blog Mia Neill, a student volunteer in our Wales office, tells us about her experience of volunteering with us and how she would encourage others to do so.
Fri, Feb 28 2014
An urgent appeal from our Chief Executive
Action on Hearing Loss blogs We really need your help. We are facing a potential Â£2.5 million shortfall in our income and there is a risk to our services and our biomedical research. As a charity, we rely a lot on people leaving us a gift in their will. As you can imagine, this is unpredictable and we have found ourselves with a significant shortfall this year. We are putting long term plans ...
Wed, Feb 26 2014
Let's celebrate our student volunteers!
Action on Hearing Loss blogs This week (24 Feb â€“ 2 March) is Student Volunteering Week 2014, the UKâ€™s annual celebration of student volunteering. Kelly Broome, our Volunteer Communications Resource & Development Manager, tells us about valuable role student volunteers play and the benefits volunteering can have for students, their local communities and the people we support.
Mon, Feb 24 2014
Act Without Words! The rise of on-demand services
Action on Hearing Loss blogs In December 2013 aÂ petition was set up (External link, opens new window) to encourage the on-demand internet streamingÂ service, LoveFilm, to add subtitles to their online titles. At present subtitlesÂ are not part of the service provided by LoveFilm online. This means that the serviceÂ is not fully accessible to the 10 million people who are deaf or have a hearin...
Fri, Feb 21 2014
A royal visit from our patron The Duke of York
Action on Hearing Loss blogs The Duke of York, our Patron, visited us last week to learn more about howÂ we are supporting biomedical research into better treatments and ultimately cures for hearing loss and tinnitus. The Duke was shown around two of our projects based at the UCL Ear Institute (external link, opens new window). Our Head of Biomedical Research, Dr Ralph Holme was lucky enoug...
Wed, Feb 19 2014
How can we optimise cochlear implants for hearing-impaired...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs HRH The Duke of York is visiting two of our research projects at The Ear Institute today (Tuesday 11 February). In our latest blog Dr. Dan Jagger, oneÂ of the scientists the Duke willÂ be meeting,Â describes his research to us.
Tue, Feb 11 2014
Helping tomorrowâ€™s scientists today
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Weâ€™ve recently awarded the first four grants through our brand new research grant scheme, the Pauline Ashley awards. Dr Aileen Aherne from our biomedical research team tells us more about the scheme and the research it will be supporting.
Mon, Feb 10 2014
Masking your tinnitus
Action on Hearing Loss blogs This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week. TinnitusÂ can have an intrusive effect on your life, but it doesnâ€™t have to be this way. There are many different therapies and products to help youÂ manage your tinnitus so that it has little or no impact on your life. One of these is masking; the use of relaxing therapy sounds to help mask the sound of your tinnitus. In o...
Fri, Feb 07 2014
Making the inner ear more hospitable to stem cells
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Hearing loss researchers have already made some impressive breakthroughs using stem cells, such as being able to turn them into hair cells and other inner ear cells. However one significant problem yet to be solved is how to get these cells to survive and work properly in the inner ear. Tracey Pollard, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us about new research w...
Thu, Jan 30 2014
Could gene therapy be used to improve cochlear implants?
Action on Hearing Loss blogs New research has investigated the possibility of using gene therapy to prevent the death of nerve cells in the inner ear in people with certain types of progressive hearing loss. Tracey Pollard, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more about the research and how it could help improve the functionality of cochlear implants.
Tue, Jan 14 2014
Boosting funding for hearing research in the UK
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Hearing loss affects one in six people in the UK, however hearing research is relatively underfunded, especially when compared to research in other areas. Tracey Pollard, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us about â€˜The Lifecourse of the Auditory Systemâ€™, a new funding initiative weâ€™ve launched in association with the BBSRC, to help boost vital research ...
Thu, Jan 09 2014
A day in the life of...our information line
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Our information line is a font of knowledge and advice regarding deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Throughout the year the experienced team of four answer over 10,000 emails and 20,000 calls from people looking for help and information. Aaron Coles, one of our information line officers tells us about her day and what she loves about her job.
Fri, Jan 03 2014
A week in the life of...Lucy Carter, CEO of Soundseekers
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Lucy Carter is CEO of Sound Seekers, a charity that helps people with hearing loss in sub-Saharan Africa, especially children. Sound Seekers (external link, opens new window)Â partners with major hospitals in over seven project countries to establish audiology services. They help hospital staff to be trained in basic audiology then provide them with the kit they ne...
Fri, Dec 13 2013
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Making connections â€“ what causes auditory neuropathy?
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Auditory neuropathy is a hearing disorder which causes people to experience hearing loss as well as difficulties distinguishing speech from other sound. The underlying causes of auditory neuropathy are still unknown, however recent research has offered up some clues which may lead to a better understanding of the disorder. Tracey Pollard, from our Biomedical Researc...
Wed, Dec 04 2013
Meaningful gifts that change lives
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Weâ€™re all guilty of buying gifts that are either silly, frivolous or even down right obscure. This year, why not try something a little more useful? Instead of a dancing Santa or yet another bouquet of flowers, how about something that truly makes a difference to a loved oneâ€™s life? Dan Waters from our Products teamÂ shows howÂ our products can bring families ...
Mon, Dec 02 2013
A tale of two proteins â€“ how do they help us to hear?
Action on Hearing Loss blogs A new research paper, written by collaborators from Madison, Sheffield and Keele Universities, investigates the role which two proteins, TMC1 and TMC2, play in the function of hair cells in the Cochlea. One of our research scientists, Dr Dave Furness from Keele University, explains how the paper makes an important contribution to our understanding of how sound is tu...
Thu, Nov 07 2013
Brilliant or Bogus? A new guide to weighing up claims about...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Media reports regularly describe new â€œmedical breakthroughsâ€, and claims of â€œmiracle curesâ€ are abound on the internet. How do we go about making sense of this steady stream of health information? Nicola Robas, in our biomed team has written a blog about a new report that has come out about how to tell the benefitial from the bogus in the face of miracle cu...
Fri, Oct 25 2013
Cochlear implant music programme at Southampton University
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Stuart Nelson is a relief support worker for Action on Hearing Loss. Through his personal love of music and his work for us, he has become increasingly interested in looking at how people who are deaf or have hearing loss consume music. He wrote his dissertation for university on the subject, and attends conferences that discuss this topic. Recently Stuart attended...
Tue, Oct 22 2013
Hear to Help you
Action on Hearing Loss blogs We understand thatÂ it takes time to adapt to using hearing aids â€“ getting used to new sounds as well as managing the hearing aids themselves. That is why we runÂ our Hear to Help services. TheyÂ enable people to make the most of their hearing aids and manage their hearing loss effectively. Beverley Leach is a Community Support Officer working in South London. She...
Thu, Oct 17 2013
Jurassic Coast weekend trek: a walk on the wild side
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Richard Turner has been volunteering with us for three years. He spends his time withÂ usÂ helping at our Redbridge Hear to Help and Hear to Meet, as well as promoting deaf awareness and giving talks. Over the weekend of theÂ 14 and 15 ofÂ SeptemberÂ Richard and hisÂ wife Joanna, took their support for the charity to the wild side; by completing a mammoth trek alon...
Mon, Oct 14 2013
New research could help prevent hearing loss caused by...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Certain â€˜ototoxicâ€™ drugs used in vital medical treatments can have the unwanted side effect of causing damage to our ears, resulting in hearing loss, balance problems and tinnitus. However, recent research has shed light on how these drugs damage the ear and what could be done to stop this, without affecting the good they do. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical R...
Thu, Oct 10 2013
Observations from the information line
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Imagine youâ€™re getting older. Your hearing is starting to deteriorate and suddenly, everything is much, much harder than it used to be. You feel isolated, unable to easily chat to friends on the phone, and struggle to carry out everyday tasks. This is a reality for millions of people in the UK every year. Our latest blog, written by Andy Palmer from the Informatio...
Tue, Oct 01 2013
Going to university? Get the support you need!
Action on Hearing Loss blogs With the academic year getting under way students across the country will be embarking on university life, whilst many others will be preparing their UCAS applications with the hope of enrolling this time next year. Sheenagh Hull is a disability officer at the University of Leeds and works with students who are deaf or have a hearing loss. She gives us some valuable...
Tue, Sep 24 2013
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Noise-induced hearing loss: a potential new drug?
Action on Hearing Loss blogs New research has shed light on a substance called PEDF which plays an important role in protecting our hearing from noise damage. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical Research team tells us more about this research and its potential to help develop drugs which can protect against noise-induced hearing loss.
Mon, Sep 16 2013
Ben Pate round the world - video blog
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Ben Pate is competeing in one of the most gruelling challenges, theÂ Clippers Round the World Yacht Race (external link, opens new window) andÂ he is doing it to raise moneyÂ for Action on Hearing Loss. Ben was born with deafness in his right ear, but this hasnâ€™t stopped him from chasing his adventurous dreams. Before he left, Ben sat down with us toÂ tell us ...
Fri, Sep 13 2013
Practise your lipreading online
Action on Hearing Loss blogs This week is National Lipreading Awareness Week, so we are bringing you a couple of lipreading themed blogs. The first is from Gloria McGregor who has set up the website www.lipreadingpractice.co.uk. Gloria developed hearing loss in the mid-80â€™s. As a qualified teacher, her hearing was imperative to her career. Like many, when she lost her hearing, she lost a lot ...
Wed, Sep 11 2013
New study on genetic deafness
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Researchers at the Cincinnati Childrenâ€™s Hospital in the USA have shed light on a gene which causes a form of early-onset deafness in families. Aileen Aherne, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more about this research and what it might mean for people affected by this type of hereditary deafness.
Fri, Sep 06 2013
All hands on deck - support Ben's round the world challenge
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Ben Pate was born with deafness in his right ear, but this hasnâ€™t stopped him from chasing his adventurous dreams. His latest challenge sees him taking to the high seas, to travel the world in theÂ Clipper Round the World Yacht Race (external link, opens new window) for Action on Hearing Loss. Ben, along with a crew of 21, set sail on Sunday from St Katherine Doc...
Mon, Sep 02 2013
Action on Hearing Loss blogs MÃ©niÃ¨reâ€™s disease is a disease of the inner ear. In the UK, it is estimated that it affects around 1 in 1,000 people. It is not a disease which is particularly on the â€˜radarâ€™, with many people claiming that it has taken their GP or doctor a number ofÂ yearsÂ to diagnose. Although it is not a well-known disease, for those who have it, it can be isolating and...
Mon, Aug 19 2013
A starring role for supporting cells?
Action on Hearing Loss blogs New research published earlier this month has shed light on the role that supporting cells play in protecting hair cells in the inner ear from damage. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical Research team tells us more about this research and how it could help to prevent hearing loss caused by certain ototoxic drugs.
Wed, Aug 14 2013
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Since developing tinnitus and hearing loss, writer Diane Trembathâ€™s hearing aids have enabled her to carry onÂ teaching creative writing and continue to enjoy music and singing. However she has recently had to change the hearing aids she uses as her hearing loss continues to develop. Diane tells us more about adapting to her new hearing aids and the new issues and...
Wed, Aug 07 2013
How the brain compensates for hearing loss
Action on Hearing Loss blogs The brain can do someÂ amazing things and recent research into the effects of intermittent hearing loss has highlighted its impressiveÂ powers of adaptability, as wellÂ as the mechanisms it uses to locate sound. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical Research team tells us more about the research, carried out at Oxford University, andÂ how it couldÂ lead to newÂ approac...
Wed, Jul 17 2013
Hearing aids and the placebo effect
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Research published in the International Journal of Audiology earlier this monthÂ looks atÂ theÂ influence of the placebo effectÂ during clinical trails for new hearing aids. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical Research team tells us more about the research, carried outÂ at the University of Manchester,Â and the implications for testing new hearing aids in future.
Mon, Jul 15 2013
Music4u Conference â€“ Early Years Music for Deaf...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Stuart Nelson is a third year commercial music student at Bath Spa University. He also works as a relief support worker for Action on Hearing Loss. Stuart has already written a blog for us about hisÂ study of deaf culture and music for this dissertation, and as part of his research he attended the Music4U conference â€“ Early Years Music for Deaf Children.Â Stuart...
Tue, Jul 02 2013
Research results: Attitudes and confidence with hearing aids
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Nikkita Patel is studying to become an Audiologist at University College London. In FebruaryÂ she asked for your help to research the attitudes and stigmas associated with wearing a hearing aid and the result that this can ultimately have on a patients audiological rehabilitation. Here, she tells us some of the results of her research.
Thu, Jun 27 2013
Investigating the cellular mechanisms that cause tinnitus
Action on Hearing Loss blogs New research published by the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine hasÂ shed light on tinnitus-causing changes in the brain following exposure to loud noise. Nicola Robas, from our Biomedical research team, tells us more about the research and its potential to expand our understanding of the biological mechanisms behind tinnitus.
Fri, Jun 14 2013
Not just lip service: Why itâ€™s time to recognise the...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Lipreading is a vital communication skill for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. On June 18 we will be publishing a new research report â€˜Not just lip service: Why itâ€™s time to recognise the value of lipreading and managing hearing loss supportâ€™. Laura Ringham, from our Policy and Campaigns team, shares some of her findings afterÂ spendingÂ some time at a...
Mon, Jun 10 2013
How a single protein can be crucial in protecting our...
Action on Hearing Loss blogs New research, supported by Action on Hearing Loss and Deafness Research UK, has highlighted the key role of a protein called Kv2.2 in the olivocochlear system, which helps protect our ears from noise damage. Tracey Pollard from our Biomedical Research team tells us more about the research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience in May, and the potential of Kv2.2 i...
Fri, Jun 07 2013
Celebrating our volunteers - Richard's story
Action on Hearing Loss blogs As we celebrate National Volunteers' Week 2013 Kelly Broome, ourÂ Volunteer Communications Resource & Development Manager, gives us the latest on The Queens Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award tour and introduces us to Richard Turner, one of our fantastic volunteers. Richard tells usÂ about his experienceÂ ofÂ hearing loss and explainsÂ how volunteering andÂ raisingÂ...
Tue, Jun 04 2013
A day in the life of a subtitler
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Ever wondered how the subtitles on our screens are created? Juliet Stephens spends a day behind the scenes at a subtitling unit. â€œOne of the best things about working as a subtitler is the variety of work that we do,â€ says Sarah Huntingdon, subtitler at Deluxe Media.
Thu, May 02 2013
Hearing every word
Action on Hearing Loss blogs Since developing hearing loss and tinnitus, writer Diane Trembath has had to overcome various challenges. In her previous blog for us Diane wrote aboutÂ Reconnecting with the world of music. HereÂ she tells us how hearing aidsÂ are vital to herÂ career asÂ a creative writing teacher.
Tue, Apr 30 2013
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