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      Naughty or Nice? Will you be able to watch your festive favourites?

      The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. With the cold spells of Christmas setting in, we’re all looking forward to some cracking TV viewing – right?

      By: Jessica McNulty | 11 December 2018

      With all the Christmas specials hitting the small screen in your living room, will these festive favourites have all the trimmings – including subtitles? The good news is that, compared to 2016, subtitle provision has slightly improved for on-demand services. At the end of 2017, half (49%) of all on-demand services had subtitles.

      The Ghost of Christmas Past

      Accessibility for on-demand telly still varies according to the platform. If you’re looking to catch-up on a programme over the festive period, very few services have subtitles on the most popular platforms. Take Virgin Media as an example; only three out of 24 services available on the platform have subtitles. Some platforms are better than others, however, such as a Samsung Smart TV offering seven out of 17 services with subtitles.

      The two main providers, ITV Hub and All 4, have the majority of content on a web browser with subtitles. However, if you’re watching on a smartphone, tablet, or Smart TV then you might not be able to.

      The Ghost of Christmas Future

      With the change to the Digital Economy Act (2017) highlighting that on-demand content should be subtitled, we’re hoping that, by next Christmas, the gift of accessible TV for people who are deaf or have hearing loss will be much closer.

      The Ghost of Christmas Present

      Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones and sharing experiences. If festive content does not have subtitles, then please do raise this with the service providerTo get regular updates from our campaigns, please sign up here

      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together
      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together

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      The cuticular plate: the foundations of hearing

      Tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells, are vital for our hearing. One particular part of the hair cell, the cuticular plate, has recently been the focus of research by a team at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The structure was found to play an important role in hearing and it was discovered that defects in it may lead to hearing loss.

      By: Dr Marta Narkiewicz
      15 April 2019

      Identifying antibiotics that are less toxic to the ear

      We funded a consortium of researchers from universities and industry to identify antibiotics, which are less toxic to the ear, but that are still effective in fighting life-threatening bacterial infections. The results have now been published in the journal Scientific Reports. Our Translational Research Manager, Dr Carina Santos, tells us more about their work.

      By: Dr Carina Santos
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      By: Sally Bromham
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      Kick starting new research

      Our Flexi grant helps researchers kick start new lines of research. We’re awarding funding to three new projects that could lead to new diagnostic tools, a gene therapy for a specific type of inherited deafness and pave the way for clinical trials of treatments to prevent hearing loss caused by the anti-cancer drug cisplatin. Our Executive Director of Research, Dr Ralph Holme, tells us more.

      By: Dr Ralph Holme
      11 April 2019

      Recent Posts

      The cuticular plate: the foundations of hearing

      Tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells, are vital for our hearing. One particular part of the hair cell, the cuticular plate, has recently been the focus of research by a team at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The structure was found to play an important role in hearing and it was discovered that defects in it may lead to hearing loss.

      By: Dr Marta Narkiewicz
      15 April 2019

      Identifying antibiotics that are less toxic to the ear

      We funded a consortium of researchers from universities and industry to identify antibiotics, which are less toxic to the ear, but that are still effective in fighting life-threatening bacterial infections. The results have now been published in the journal Scientific Reports. Our Translational Research Manager, Dr Carina Santos, tells us more about their work.

      By: Dr Carina Santos
      15 April 2019

      Stress-relieving products to make life easier

      To mark Stress Awareness Month, we’ve selected our top stress-relieving products for people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. We’ve a practical solution for every situation, to reduce anxiety and give you, or a loved one, a renewed zest for life.

      By: Sally Bromham
      14 April 2019

      Kick starting new research

      Our Flexi grant helps researchers kick start new lines of research. We’re awarding funding to three new projects that could lead to new diagnostic tools, a gene therapy for a specific type of inherited deafness and pave the way for clinical trials of treatments to prevent hearing loss caused by the anti-cancer drug cisplatin. Our Executive Director of Research, Dr Ralph Holme, tells us more.

      By: Dr Ralph Holme
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