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Read the latest news from across Action on Hearing Loss and stories of people with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.


Gerry’s volunteering journey

Gerry started volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss (then RNID) in 2003. As someone with hearing loss who’d been wearing hearing aids for many years, Gerry felt that by becoming a volunteer he could easily relate to people looking for support. “I thought joining the RNID would be a great opportunity for me to help others, and also learn new skills,” Gerry says. Since then, Gerry has been involved in more volunteering roles than you could count! He supports people with...

‘Action on Lockdown’

Vicki tells us her experience of lockdown so far, including the pressures of homeschooling and communicating with hearing loss.    I’m mum to two small girls aged 4 and 7 and so far we have been in lockdown for 6 and a half weeks with the first two in isolation as the girls had some symptoms. I have severe/profound hearing loss - and this lockdown thing has been hard! 'The biggest hurdle has been homeschooling' In some ways the things I’ve found tricky...

Shaila’s volunteering journey

Shaila started volunteering with us in 2019. She is an administration and information outreach volunteer, and helps hundreds of people with hearing loss by giving information in both English and Gujarati. “I feel very happy volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss. Volunteering has brought me a lot of opportunities and certainly helped me boost my confidence!” Shaila’s volunteering journey with Action on Hearing Loss started in January 2019: “After retiring in 2011, I really wanted to do something to serve the community...

Malcolm’s volunteering journey

Malcolm is a retired painter and decorator who volunteers with Action on Hearing Loss in the Isle of Wight. He has a busy family life, lots of hobbies and a keen interest in sport – he’s been a referee for nearly three decades, and even completed three London Marathons! – and goes the extra mile to support as many people with hearing loss as he can, in his community. Malcolm’s volunteering journey with Action on Hearing Loss started in 2015. Since...

Letters from the heart

By Dawn Dimond, Editor of our member magazine Since the new (ab)normal of social distancing and lockdowns, many of us have started to re-evaluate what’s most precious and meaningful in our lives – and hands-down, it’s our connection to others that we seem to be missing the most. We’re social animals, after all. Sure, there’s been an unparalleled surge in digital contact, with Zoom, Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp et al enabling remote dinner parties, pub quizzes, birthday bashes and lord knows...

How to get clearer calls from your phone

Poor speech clarity on phone calls is often a problem for people with hearing loss. But new technology could change that, including higher definition voice, the option to tailor calls to match one’s hearing profile, and adjustments to the phone itself. Kevin Taylor, from our Technology team, looks at the options, including how to get clearer calls through hearing aids. When you think about all the clever things that smartphones can do, it’s perhaps surprising that speech clarity on phone...

Could ‘chemical earmuffs’ prevent noise-induced hearing damage?

Researchers in the US have identified molecules in the inner ear that are involved in the damage that loud noise causes to hearing. Blocking their activity protected against this damage when mice were exposed to loud noise. These findings could form the basis of new treatments to protect people’s hearing from noise. Loud noise is a major cause of hearing damage – not only for those who routinely work in noisy places like factories, building sites or nightclubs, but the...

Helping patients to be heard: What the new NICE guidance means for people with tinnitus

Imagine you’re trying to enjoy a moment of silence, but it’s interrupted by a relentless ringing noise. What if this happened all day, every day? That’s persistent tinnitus, and as an audiologist, I see the impact of this condition every day. At least 10% of adults in the UK suffer from persistent tinnitus , and over the next decade this is only set to increase ! Despite these numbers, tinnitus and other types of hearing loss are often overlooked as...

A clinical trial of a new investigational drug for vertigo in Ménière’s disease – OTO-104

A clinical study team are looking for volunteers to test their new investigational drug, OTO-104, for vertigo episodes in Ménière’s disease. By the OTO-104 Study Team What is a clinical trial? Clinical trials help scientists and doctors explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. Information obtained during this trial may be useful scientifically and therefore may be helpful to people with Ménière’s disease in the future. It is not known if the Investigational Product (IP)...

Our future research leaders

Last month, we invited our PhD students and our early-career Fellows to visit our head office in Highbury, to find out more about the work we do, to meet each other and to meet our staff. Marta Narkiewicz, from our research team, tells us more about the day. Our goal is to accelerate the discovery and development of treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus. This aim can only be achieved through the work of many scientists. To increase the number...