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£4.4 million boost for research into smarter hearing aids

Posted on: Friday, May 15, 2015 by Tracey Pollard
Despite all the sophisticated features that modern hearing aids have to try and improve the quality of speech and make it easier to follow a conversation, for many people their hearing aids fail to work well when there is lots of competing background noise or people talking at the same time. That’s why we are funding research into improving hearing aid technology and encouraging other funders to do the same. Ralph Holme, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more about a new initiative that's brought over £4 million of funding into research to tackle these problems.

Subtitle it! New campaign to call on Government to take action

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by annad

In June we’ll be calling on the Government to take action on subtitles. Richard Turner
Our trustee and recent cochlear implant user Richard Turner reveals details of our upcoming campaign. 

Sign up to support the campaign now!

A new genetic test for hearing loss

Posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Tracey Pollard

Maria Bitner-Glindzicz is Professor of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, and runs the UK Genetic Deafness Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her research focuses on genetic deafness, both syndromic and non-syndromic.

She has led the development of a new test which aims to improve the identification of the genetic cause of a person’s hearing loss. This test has recently been made available on the NHS, and Maria has written a blog to tell us more about it.

The fight continues in North Staffordshire

Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2015 by Nicola George

On 4 March, North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group unanimously approved proposals to Rob Burley Thumbnailcut hearing aid provision for people with mild hearing loss from 1 October. In this blog, Rob Burley, our Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, reflects on the campaign so far, and explains what we are doing to prevent this deeply worrying policy coming into effect – and how you can help.  
                                                                                                                                 

Making research accessible to everyone

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Tracey Pollard
Carly LawlerCarly Lawler is a PhD student at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit. She recently entered the Access to Understanding science writing competition, where entrants are challenged to write a plain English summary of a published research article. She wrote a summary of one of our research papers about tinnitus, which is reproduced below.