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Staffordshire councillors say no to NHS hearing aid cuts!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by james robins

Rob BurleyOur campaign against cuts to NHS hearing aid services has stepped up a gear, with several influential local bodies in Staffordshire opposing the plans.

Rob Burley, our Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, tells us more about recent developments as our Hearing Aid Cuts campaign reaches a critical stage.

Epigenetics and age-related hearing loss

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 by james robins

Portrait photo of Lisa WolberAs people get older, many find they are affected by age-related hearing loss. As a result, scientists in the field of hearing research are keen to find out what dictates both the extent and onset of hearing loss in older people.

Lisa Wolber gives us the latest update on her research, which is co-funded by Action on Hearing Loss and AgeUK, looking at how epigenetic changes to DNA impact on age-related hearing loss and the implications this could have for developing future treatments.

Sensorineural hearing loss, speech and the brain

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 by james robins

Portrait image of Mark Sayles.Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the cochlea or auditory nerve, which can have several causes, including exposure to loud noise.

Mark Sayles, one of the hearing researchers we fund, tells us about his research into the effects of sensorineural hearing loss on people’s ability to understand speech in noisy environments.

No one should be suffering in silence

Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Elliot Wright

Lorraine BriscoeOur Community Support Officer, Lorraine Briscoe, provides support and information to local residents who have hearing problems. Through regular home visits, she met 89-year-old Maisie, who was struggling to cope with her hearing aids. Lorraine tells us why it’s so important for everyone to get the support they need.

One step closer to a cure for tinnitus?

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by james robins

Helmy MuldersPeople with tinnitus experience sound in their ears, such as a ringing or buzzing, when there is no corresponding external sound. For some the condition can have a serious impact on day-to-day life, causing depression, anxiety, stress and sleep problems.

Helmy Mulders is working on tinnitus research which we’re funding at the University of Western Australia. She tells us about the latest findings, which could help develop a future cure for tinnitus.