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Read the latest news from RNID and stories from deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus.


Malcolm’s volunteering journey

Malcolm is a retired painter and decorator who volunteers with RNID 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 RNID started in 2015. Since then he has been performing different...

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...

“I would never have admitted I couldn’t hear”

Elizabeth started to lose her hearing in her 40’s and found she was missing out on conversations. Thanks to support from Action on Hearing Loss, she is now getting the most out of her hearing aids and is more connected to friends and family. Elizabeth, from East Belfast, started to lose her hearing when she was in her 40s. She said: “I was in York for a conference in 1991 and I was on an open top bus. It was very...

Interview with the Information Line

Vicky Thurston works for the Information Line here at Action on Hearing Loss. After starting at the charity as a six week temp, she has now worked here for the last 6 years. In this blog post, Vicky tells us how all about the information line and how important it can be to those calling in. When did you start working on the Information Line? I started six years ago this coming June, originally as a six week temp to cover...

Scientifically speaking – Professor Karen Avraham

Professor Karen Avraham is a world-leading genetic specialist who runs her own lab at Tel Aviv University. Her research focusses on understanding the genetic basis of hereditary hearing loss. By Professor Karen Avraham The World Health Organisation estimates that there are 466 million people worldwide with a hearing loss. This is a problem that has an impact on children as they’re discovering the world, but also has long-term repercussions for their development into adults. We’re still some years from effective treatments using...