Awareness

Greater hearing loss support needed

AWARENESS

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Older people with hearing loss are more than twice as likely to develop depression compared with those without the condition, Action on Hearing Loss has revealed. Highlighting the growing body of research linking mental health and hearing loss, Action on Hearing Loss has published a new report calling for more action on the matter.

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Football games: hearing may also take a knock

PREVENTION

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Sports fans are used to loud stadiums with peaks in cheering at each touchdown. Some National Football League teams in the USA even try to win the title of loudest outdoor stadium in the world. The Seattle Seahawks registered record noise of 136.6 dB in September after an effort organized by a fan group.

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Colombian network for inclusion of deaf persons at university

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Around 1500 persons took part from October 2 to 4 in the 2nd International Conference on Disability and Inclusion, held in Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires province), Argentina under the heading: "Disability and Human Rights. Inclusion policies from the perspective of recognising human diversity."

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IFHOH President visits New Zealand

AWARENESS

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Ruth Warick, the current President of the International Federation for the Hard of Hearing (IFHOH), recently visited New Zealand to appoint a Human Rights Officer for the organization.

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Harvesting time and the risk of hearing loss

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Between tractors, combine harvesters, grain dryers and chainsaws, farmers are exposed to a wide variety of loud noises in their working environment.

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A documentary on tinnitus: a worldwide first

Four tinnitus sufferers feature as actors and director in "Oírse" (The Sound Inside), a Spanish informative film project offering spectators the chance to immerse themselves in the reality of this health problem thanks to a "subjective sound" technique (similar to "subjective camera").

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New York: Noise from subway trains and damage to hearing

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We all accept that cities are noisy places, but some urban environments are of course far noisier than others. In New York City, the 109-year-old subway transit system is notorious for its screeching trains and resonating tunnels.

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Accessibility of in-flight entertainment to deaf passengers

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What better way to pass the time on a long-haul flight than to enjoy in-flight films or television programs? The US National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has recently highlighted the lack of accessibility in this area to a US Senate hearing.

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Developing sign language for deaf in Cambodia

Cambodia has seen significant and consistent economic growth over the last decade but remains one of South-east Asia’s lowest-income countries. USA Today reports how Charles Dittmeier, a Catholic priest from Louisville, Kentucky, is helping the country’s deaf population and contributing to development of the nation’s native Khmer sign language.

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Beauty queen achieving her dreams despite hearing loss

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The Malaysia Chronicle reports how Miss Chui Yee Shia overcame her disability and won the title of Miss Singapore Friendship International 2013 at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore in late August.

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