Awareness

Swiss noise pollution bill runs into billions of $

 

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The cost of dealing with noise pollution in Switzerland runs into billions of dollars, according to a survey by the country's Federal Office for the Environment published this February.

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World Hearing Day lights up from WHO to Toowoomba

 

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Education, free check-ups, calls for action, charity field projects...under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Hearing Day provides audiology with the perfect excuse to spread the word on auditory health to the remotest places on the planet.

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Cuba's cochlear implant programme among its top medical achievements

 

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In celebrating International Cochlear Implant (CI) Day on February 25, the small Caribbean island of Cuba hailed its cochlear implant programme—in operation since 2005—as "one of the achievements of the national health system".

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A bit more peace (and quiet) for war dogs wearing CAPS

 

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The US Army, industry, and academia have teamed up to develop hearing protection for working dogs, which face temporary and permanent hearing loss from the high noise levels in their daily work.

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Mumbai noise punishment stalls honkers in traffic light limbo

 

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Making the punishment fit the crime has perhaps never been better applied than in this Mumbai authorities' new scheme to combat the Indian city's hellish noise from honking car horns. The more irate drivers honk, the longer the light stays red.

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UK charity The Ear Foundation to close, but new group expected to form

 

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The registered UK hearing charity, The Ear Foundation, has announced that it will cease activity on March 6, 2020 unable, after 31 years in operation, to overcome increasing "financial challenges". Current staff plan to form a new charity.

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Lottery "win" for UK tinnitus sufferers

 

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The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has won a "future-proofing" grant from the UK's National Lottery Community Fund. A first-year figure of £100k will be followed by two further years of funding at a sum yet to be agreed.

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Buñuel's "bloody deafness"

 

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© From Luis Buñuel: A Life in Letters (Bloomsbury)

Deafness brought filmmaker Luis Buñuel despair and isolation. Barely tackled in his acclaimed autobiography, the Surrealist's hearing loss is more deeply referenced in a fine new collection of his private correspondence recently published by Bloomsbury: Luis Buñuel - A Life in Letters.

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Global grants for World Hearing Day actions. Deadline: February 21

 

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Twenty grants of up to US$800 for action ideas to celebrate World Hearing Day 2020 (March 3) are being provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH)

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Starkey hands out to help soothe effects of Aussie bushfires catastrophe

 

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The hearing aid giant, Starkey, has provided a $15,000 donation to a number of charities working to bring aid and relief to areas of Australia and local wildlife affected by the country's devastating bushfires.

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