Awareness

Deaf drivers can now operate commercial vehicles

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In a historic victory, deaf and hard of hearing truckers in the United States will now be able to operate commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted 40 applications filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeking exemption from the hearing standard that has barred deaf drivers from obtaining commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs). In announcing this historic decision, the DOT cited research demonstrating that deaf drivers are as safe as hearing drivers. The DOT regulates the physical qualifications standards, or physical requirements, for people who want to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. For decades, the DOT has maintained a hearing standard that has excluded

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Hearing Awareness at the EU Parliament

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The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association, together with EFHOH, the European Federation of the Hard of Hearing, have organised a Hearing Awareness Week at the EU Parliament starting on April 9. The event will be formally hosted by MEP Adam Kosa from Hungary who is severely hard-of-hearing.

The main event of the week will be a breakfast session featuring

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Not enough hearing aids for those who need them

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss worldwide and says production of hearing aids is not enough to keep up with the urgent demand.

The WHO marked International Ear Care Day March 3 by warning that the current production of hearing aids is meeting less than 10% of the global need. As the population ages globally, more people than ever before face

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I am the One in Ten – tinnitus compilation album

The British Tinnitus Association has announced that its Ambassador Eddy Temple Morris, a DJ, Producer and Presenter is compiling a tinnitus album. This album will be different from any previously released as it will feature musicians, producers and DJs who have tinnitus. Bands that have already pledged singles for the album include: Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas,

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Save the date! International Ear Care Day

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The World Health Organization is creating awareness about hearing loss by celebrating International Ear Care Day on March 3. The theme for this year is Health Hearing, Happy Hearing Health Care for Ageing People. This date was selected due to the shape of the numbers in 3.3, being representative of the two ears. Hearing loss is the most

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The world’s biggest from little Norway

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When the Norwegian organization for the Hearing impaired reached 55,000 members in November, it became not only the biggest interest organization for the handicapped, but also the world’s biggest organization for the hearing impaired. HLF became a nationwide organization in 1947, and has more than doubled its membership since 1996, when the organization

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Foundation aims to challenge hearing loss stigma

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© HearStrong Foundation. From left to right: Ed Keller, CEO of The HearStrong Foundation, Paul Szemborski Jr. and Andrew Hebert, Director of The HearStrong Foundation.

Ed Keller, president of The HearStrong Foundation, wanted to “shatter social stigmas” and radically challenge the general perception of hearing loss by celebrating individuals who have not only faced hearing loss, but conquered it with a determined spirit, a focused mind and an unwavering heart. So he took his message to this weekend’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. Throughout the pre-game activities in New Orleans, Keller and members of his team joined

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Most Aussies say they experience tinnitus

Last year, Sound Check Australia took to the Internet with an online hearing test to ask Aussies about their hearing and nearly 7,500 people responded in what it calls “the power of citizen science”. Its early results show that the average age of people whose hearing begins to slide in Australia is 60, while the average of those reporting perfect hearing was 32 years old. 64% reported that their hearing was between good and perfect. “While we may think our hearing is in pretty good nick, 40% of respondents also felt

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Petroleum workers exposed to hearing damage

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The Norwegian hospital in the south of Norway, Sørlandet sykehus, has long waiting lists of hearing impaired people, and more and more experience tinnitus and hyperacusis, says Georg Træland from the hospital to NRK . no. The audiology department at the hospital experiences

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Educational technology with sign language

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Educational software adapted for children with hearing disabilities or specially developed for their needs is now reaching the classrooms of 19 schools in Chile as part of a pilot scheme set up under the ministry of education's Enlaces (Links) programme.The 'TIC diversity' project means a notebook, projector, video camera, interactive blackboard, and software are to be delivered so children can work with content in language, maths, text creation, and vocabulary widening.

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