New research shows hearing aid potential for tinnitus sufferers

Up to 2,000,000 in the UK could benefit

Hearing aids could well be the answer for millions of tinnitus sufferers, according to the results of a survey into the condition undertaken by national charity Deafness Research UK. The survey reveals that almost 40% of tinnitus sufferers surveyed could benefit from correctly prescribed and fitted hearing aids in both ears as a way to bring relief from a condition that can be anything from a constant low buzzing, to a tremendous noise that makes life for many a misery.

Worryingly, over 50% of respondents said they would not consider hearing aids, even if they relieved their symptoms – despite over 85% reporting their tinnitus as constant. The survey thus highlights the need for further educational work about the benefits of hearing aids to eradicate the stigma still associated with them. The survey was aimed predominately at the over 65 age group, who made up 70% of respondents. As above the age of 60, over half of people have an age related hearing loss, it might be expected that this age group would be more willing to wear a hearing aid but research has in fact shown that people wait around ten years before seeking help for hearing loss.

The survey has raised concerns that people are resistant to hearing aids because they recall the devices of the past. However, hearing aid technology has advanced tremendously in recent years. Modern devices are digital, discreet and unobtrusive and worlds away from the hearing aids people may remember. Deafness Research UK is urging anyone who has tinnitus and who may also have a hearing loss, to take action and to start by speaking to their GP who can refer them for a hearing test.

Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, said: The trouble is that when people think about hearing aids they imagine the old fashioned clunky NHS ones and as a result they put up with hearing problems for far too long before doing anything about it. However technology has moved on leaps and bounds and hearing aids today are much more discreet and effective than they were 20 years ago. We want to encourage people to act if they think they have a hearing problem because not only do hearing aids have a major impact on the quality of life but the sooner you start to use an aid the more benefit you get from it. If people want more information they should contact their GP or call the Deafness Research UK Information Service, free of charge, on 0808 808 2222.

The research was undertaken by Deafness Research UK, a national charity committed to helping those with deafness and related conditions, including approximately five million people in the UK affected by tinnitus. If 40% of the people in the survey could be helped by hearing aids, then the implication is that millions of other people in the UK with tinnitus could stand to benefit from considering hearing aids as a potential way to relieve their symptoms.

Deafness Research UK has published a new, free leaflet called Managing Tinnitus, offering advice and guidance for tinnitus sufferers, based on the latest scientific research. For a copy of the leaflet call 0808 808 222, e-mail contact@deafnessresearch.org.uk or visit the website www.deafnessresearch.org.uk

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Selected survey results (full results available on request)
1553 tinnitus sufferers completed the survey
Most of the respondents that answered this questionnaire do not have hearing aids (56%). Of those respondents that have hearing aids, most (67%) were prescribed their hearing aids for hearing loss, 26% were prescribed their hearing aids for hearing loss and tinnitus, and only 7% of hearing aid users were prescribed their hearing aids for tinnitus.

Of those that wear hearing aids in one ear only, 22% said that their hearing aid reduced their tinnitus symptoms, 75% said that wearing a hearing aid in one ear made no difference to their tinnitus and only 3% said that their hearing aid worsened their tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus symptoms were reduced in 39% of respondents that wear hearing aids in both ears, however two hearing aids made no difference in of 57% of cases, and worsened the symptoms for 4%.

Of those who do not currently wear hearing aids, 46% said that they would consider wearing a hearing aid to help their tinnitus.

Notes to editors
About Deafness Research UK
Deafness Research UK is the countrys only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.
Deafness Research UK is entirely dependent on voluntary donations, gifts and personal legacies. You can donate online at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk , or call 0207 7833 1733 for further information on how to support the charity.
The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222.
For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
One in seven people in the UK almost nine million people – suffer hearing loss.
Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.
In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

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Brain to blame for lame hearing at cocktail parties?

Hidden secrets of the brain revealed for Brain Awareness Week 2010 (15-21 March)

Do you struggle to hear properly at parties and at other group gatherings? If so, you are not alone and your brain- rather than your ear – could be to blame for this inability to zoom in on the person you want to hear. New research undertaken by Deafness Research UK scientists at the UCL (University College London) Ear Institute is leading to a greater understanding of the role of the brain in auditory processing. The brain appears to play a greater role than was previously understood and unravelling its secrets offers new hope for the deaf and hard of hearing, and in particular, the cocktail party problem.

Current research centres on how we as humans manage to hear speech in noisy backgrounds. The so-called cocktail party problem is nothing to do with drinks, but is rather the term coined to describe the brains ability to focus our listening attention on a single speaker amid a mixture of conversations, background noises and other distractions. Little is known about the cocktail party problem, and further research will benefit deaf and hard of hearing people; particularly those with cochlear implants or bionic ears and hearing aids, as these devices struggle in noisy environments.

The UCL Ear Institute laboratory is one of the leading international research groups investigating binaural hearing the ability to process sounds using both ears.

This ability enables most of us to talk in a noisy place, blocking out other sounds to hear our friend/s, but, at the same time, to respond immediately if someone calls our name. The ability can be critical and early research in the 1950s focused on the problems faced by air traffic controllers, when multiple messages were received from pilots over a single loudspeaker. If you consider todays busy hospital emergency room, with several people shouting vital instructions at once, you can appreciate the significance of the cocktail party effect.

Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, said: Scientists are particularly interested in how the central auditory system is able to cope with noisy environments; a major challenge for hearing research over the next decade will be to improve the performance of cochlear implant devices. Bionic hearing provides a remarkable chance for the deaf to hear, sometimes for the very first time.

The work of the Ear Institute is essential for those with hearing problems and we continue to fund some of its most vital and groundbreaking research. We are only just beginning to appreciate the role the brain and this research gives us hope for improving not just the performance of implants and hearing aids, but the lives of people with hearing disabilities everywhere.

The UCL team are using a variety of techniques to investigate the cocktail party problem, including in vivo and in vitro brain recordings, psychophysics and computer modelling and human neurophysiology, using EEG and functional MRI. Many people struggle to hear in the cocktail party environment, particularly those with only one functional ear, who (research shows) are more disturbed by interfering noise and further work is needed to help those with implants.

Given the apparent importance of two ears for isolating specific sounds in noisy places, it is believed the auditory system performs a cross-correlation between the signals coming from both ears and that the brain is capable of analysing the pattern to determine the signal from the desired sound source. The brain has been described as akin to a radio, selecting which channel we should pay attention to from the many it is capable of receiving. The brain may also have its own mechanism for selection, depending on the importance of the sound stimulus.

For example, it may be more important to respond to the shouted watch-out warning if someone is about to spill a drink on your new cocktail dress, rather than concentrate on your conversation or more seriously, to respond to the horn of a car in a busy, noisy street. While bionic ears are transforming life for profoundly deaf people, so far, no implant or technology can completely replicate the capabilities of the human brain and auditory system.

Implant users struggle to pick up speech in noisy environments such as pubs and city streets, continued Vivienne Michael. Future research in this field should aim to understand how to match the electronic signals of a cochlear implant with the brains requirements for listening in noise.

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Notes to editors

About Deafness Research UK
Deafness Research UK is the countrys only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.
Deafness Research UK is entirely dependent on voluntary donations, gifts and personal legacies. You can donate online at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk , or call 0207 7833 1733 for further information on how to support the charity.
The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222.

For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
One in seven people in the UK almost nine million people – suffer hearing loss.
Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.
In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

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Local Government Pre Paid Sector Update

The card is a VISA prepaid card, and the Boston Marks solution enables the Local Authority contribution to be made safely and securely direct onto the card, with a real time audit trail of all transactions.

The combined payment solution is made possible by a unique payments integration software, LA2plus, that Boston Marks has commissioned specifically for the Local Authority sector and which it has been developing exclusively with its software partner for many months.

The Visa prepaid card combined with LA2plus offers Local Authorities safety, security and an auditable trail for self-directed support programmes. The overall technology solution from Boston Marks was previously not possible with prepaid cards. Martin Polak, director of Boston Marks, said: We have worked closely with Local Authorities over the past few years to really understand their needs in great detail. Our solution will deliver cost savings and efficiencies for Local Authorities, wherever cash, cheques and payments are being made – especially if you require a tried and tested payment solution to tackle and deliver on the self-directed support agenda.

Cheshire East is the latest Local Authority to utilise Boston Marks prepaid solutions, facilitated in this case by Citi. Martin Polak added: Cheshire East are using an innovative Visa prepaid card called Empower, tailored exactly to meet both the councils needs and those in receipt of self-directed support. A major advantage of this initiative is the substantive work done by Boston Marks to enable the delivery of the individuals contribution via our unique bespoke payment system, LA2plus. Boston Marks has engineered this business software process from scratch, to enable the payment model to work in line with the Councils exact requirements.

The Cheshire East Empower card is totally auditable, ensuring best value is received. People in receipt of self-directed support will now be able to plan and manage their own spend on daily items, which in many cases will represent complete freedom and empowerment to run their own financial affairs, in ways which were never dreamed possible before.

The Empower card truly marks a significant step forward for local authorities, empowering those in receipt of self-directed support to make decisions that will directly affect their daily lives in a positive way. It is the first technology initiative of its type anywhere in the country, and is testament to Cheshire Easts desire to use the best combined payment and technology solution currently available. Boston Marks has already introduced more conventional prepaid card solutions into other Local Authorities, and is also working with Credit Unions across the UK, with a bespoke prepaid card programme. Boston Marks is dedicated to the prepaid market, and backed by many years business experience in the financial services, software and technology sectors. For further information visit http://www.bostonmarks.co.uk
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L-R Martin Polak, Director of Boston Marks; Jonathan Nixon; Broadcaster Stuart Hall; Wynn Spencer, Assurance Manager, Cheshire East Council; Jackie Alexander, local resident and Empower card user; and Cllr Roland Domleo, Adult Services Portfolio Holder, Cheshire East Council.

Notes to editors
Prepaid cards deliver the following and much more
No credit checks; No line of credit; Can be used wherever Visa accepted; Can be easily cancelled / blocked if lost or stolen; Can be used online, at point of sale and at an ATM; Emergency cards available; Can be issued to minors; Companion cards are available; Chip and PIN enabled; Card can be branded; Online management information and statements available.

Local authorities are rapidly realising the benefits of Prepaid Cards, offering a means of reducing the need for individuals to open their own bank accounts. One further advantage is the ability to keep track of how the money is being used, without the need to request paper copies of statements and receipts, offering considerable time and cost savings; for service users, this can also mean less paperwork. In addition, there is some scope for specifying what kind of transactions the card can be used for. The use of payment cards are a 21st Century means of making direct payments, and are helping authorities become more efficient. Additional advantages include the ready ability to monitor account activity, identify account management issues and to manage payment issues. Authorities are able to improve their recording activity in regard to the totality of a clients care needs and direct payment expenditure. Prepaid cards offer a reduction of the administration burden and an improved budgetary control, with ready evidence available for internal audit.

For further information on Boston Marks prepaid card corporate solutions, contact:
Boston Marks Ltd. Tel: 0161 919 0500.
E-mail: info@bostonmarks.co.uk

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Bullying Brown puts workplace harassment back on the agenda

Research continues to show that bullying at work is soaring and in addition to the huge emotional cost of bullying, defending a tribunal claim costs employers an average of £20,000 and that figure is rising. Last year there were 189,000 tribunal applications – up one third from 2006.2

Reports of bullying have doubled in the past decade and according to a recent survey of 7,000 workers by public sector union Unison, more than one in three had been bullied in the past six months.

Dawn Cherry, Employment Lawyer at Oxley & Coward Solicitors in Rotherham, said: The allegations against Gordon Brown demonstrate that bullying can cost you in many ways. Aside from the potential costs of litigation, an allegation can damage the reputations of your staff, your organisation and harm company productivity.

Figures show that 20% of management time is spent in dealing with conflict and 50% of staff who take long term sickness are struggling with bullying issues.1 Its important that companies take a serious look at how much time their managers spend dealing with conflict, and how much litigation has to be handled by their lawyers.

If theres a problem, employers need to take action early and deal with negative behaviour head on, continued Dawn. As well as avoiding the cost of employment tribunals, a good working environment pays dividends all round.

Bullying at work is when someone tries to intimidate another worker, often in front of colleagues, and as with Gordon Brown, the allegations are generally made against someone in a more senior position. It is similar to harassment, where someone’s behaviour is offensive in making sexual comments, or abusing someone’s race, religion or sexual orientation.

As well as the more obvious examples of bullying at work like being humiliated in front of colleagues, or physical or verbal abuse, it can include blocking promotion, malicious rumours, or copying memos that are critical of someone to others who do not need to know.

In an article in the Times this week3, comments have been ascribed to Jonathan Baune, head of First Division Association, the union that looks after civil servants claiming that bullying in Whitehall is rife and that staff feel they have little power. However, as this week has shown, it only takes one high profile case to open up what can become a more serious can of worms.

The legal position with regard to bullying is more complex than discrimination, as there isnt a separate piece of legislation to deal with it, but there is protection for employees, that employers cannot afford to ignore added Dawn Cherry.

For example, an employee can claim breach of contract, on the basis that their employer has failed to provide reasonable support to ensure they can fulfil their job without harassment or disruption. Or there may be circumstances for claiming constructive unfair dismissal or by claiming personal injury protection, as employers have a legal duty to take reasonable care to avoid their workers suffering illness or injury, Dawn concluded.

Are you worried about bullying in the workplace and need Legal advice? For further information and a FREE initial discussion, contact Dawn Cherry at Oxley & Coward Solicitors on 01709 510999, visit www.oxcow.co.uk or e-mail dawn.cherry@oxcow.co.uk

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References:

1.Published by People Management January 2009
2.Personnel Today 23 September 2008
3.The Times 22 February 2010

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LPA could save the day for your loved ones

By having a registered LPA in place, people can relax, safe in the knowledge that should they become mentally incapable, their own chosen representative will have the authority to act as their attorney on their behalf and in their best interests – without referral to the Court of Protection.

This is an important consideration when people realise the delay and expense that can be entailed by having to apply to be appointed a deputy by the Court of Protection a Court that has received 1,500 complaints and counting, not to mention the criticism it has faced over red tape and inefficiencies. Some relatives are waiting up to six months to be given control of their loved ones affairs with the loved one often left in limbo until the issues are resolved.

Horror stories include a wife who had to get the Courts permission every time she wanted to sign a cheque for more than £500 after an accident left her husband in a coma and in another case, a brother was told it could take 21 weeks and incur a fee of £400 to apply for funds for increased nursing home fees. All could have been avoided with an LPA in place.

LPAs are not something people immediately consider, because as with Wills, few of us wish to contemplate illness or our own mortality. But when the latest available statistics reveal that some 2,000,000 people in England and Wales lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves and a further 15,000 people under the age of 65 have dementia, the benefits of making an LPA are compelling.

Given these alarming new statistics, it is important that we all plan ahead, said Oxley and Coward Partner Jayne Jackson. For those already suffering from the onset of dementia, its not too late to take action, but in this case it is essential to find a lawyer who understands your situation as soon as possible, concluded Jayne.

For advice and guidance on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), including a FREE initial discussion, contact Jayne Jackson on 01709 510999 or e-mail probatedept@oxcow.co.uk

In calling for greater awareness of LPAs, Oxley and Coward have added their voice to that of the Justice Minister Judith Prentice, who in an interview on the BBCs Today programme, encouraged solicitors to advise their clients and the public on the advantages of LPAs.

As with any legal document, the LPA is only valid if the person signing it is capable of understanding what they are signing and the consequences, so it must be put in place while the person is still capable. Once signed, the LPA can be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, the administrative arm of the Court of Protection a process that can take several months before the LPA becomes effective.

With an ever aging population, the LPA is going to be viewed increasingly as just as important as a Will, explained Jayne, on the one hand we have greater life expectancy, but as we all live longer, illnesses like Alzheimers are becoming more prevalent. An LPA gives a friend or family member chosen by you the means to look after your affairs in the simplest and least burdensome way, while giving you the peace of mind that whatever life may bring, your wishes will be adhered to.

The alternative is that in the event of your illness or incapacity, some unlucky family member will be saddled with dealing with the courts, producing annual accounts and paying legal and Court fees until the day you die with no guarantee that your wishes are ever taken into account. Oxley & Coward Solicitors provides advice on legal and financial matters for people suffering from dementia through the Alzheimers Society as a member of LawNet – a network of independent, quality assured law firms throughout the UK and Ireland.
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Trivial pursuits question answered with I do at East Lodge

It was during a game of trivial pursuits that Jane Needham was asked the question she had been waiting for. Already having Janes fathers seal of approval, partner of 11 years Russell Preece popped the question to a delighted Jane. Followed by an official engagement in Nottingham Town Hall Square, the same spot Russells father had proposed to his mum, the couple decided to have a long engagement giving Jane plenty of time to plan her dream day.

The perfect venue was sought to provide the ideal romantic setting for Jane and Russells big day. After viewing over 20 venues Jane and Russell, from Hasland, Chesterfield felt they all had something missing. The last venue they visited was East Lodge in Rowsley and they were thrilled when all their requirements were not only met but exceeded. We fell in love with East Lodge when we first saw it, Jane explained: None of the other venues we looked at came close. Not only was it the perfect setting but we had it exclusively to ourselves which made it all the more personal and special. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and we knew straight away that our big day would be safe in their hands.

Jane worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail of the wedding was planned. With spreadsheets and files, nothing was left to chance and the staff at East Lodge were there every step of the way.

We had a champagne and chocolate theme with mango and gold that ran seamlessly throughout the wedding. Even the tables were named after chocolate bars and hand decorated chocolate bars were used as name places to complement the colour scheme, Jane continued. The table settings in the room added to the magical touch of the whole thing with the colour scheme carried through in the flower arrangements as well. The tables had Square Mirrored Vases filled with two complimentary flower designs and on the top table we had 2ft Orange and cream roses, cream calla lilys, gyp, feathers and foliage.

Every little detail was just perfect and East Lodge went out of their way to make sure it was so special. The staff were just fantastic, putting up with all my questions in the run up to the wedding, letting the florist visit to get a feel of the venue and the chef even made me a bowl of potato wedges especially how Id asked for them. Nothing was too much trouble.
Following their wedding ceremony in East Lodges beautiful Wye room, Jane and Russell took a horse and carriage ride taking in the stunning grounds and using them as the backdrop for their photographs.

The couple opted for one of East Lodges Exclusively Yours wedding packages, which made gave them sole use of the venue from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. Having East Lodge to ourselves for the weekend was wonderful and made the wedding last the whole weekend. We got to spend time with the families and bridesmaids and it made the whole experience a more personal affair, said Jane.

The Hardman family who own East Lodge seemed so involved too. They even sourced us a barrel of real ale that we knew some of our guests liked and let us print our own money with our pictures on, for the guests use as drinks vouchers during the reception. Jane explained: It was lovely that they were around on Sunday morning to be able to thank in person and it is always a pleasure to see them and the staff who made our wedding so special as we visit East Lodge for other occasions.

It was a truly magical, romantic day that we will treasure for the rest of our lifes We will certainly be returning on numerous occasions to East Lodge to celebrate our anniversaries, as this is a memorable place that is in our hearts forever, concluded Jane.

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a number of important accolades in recent years; East Lodge has again achieved the coveted AA Inspectors Choice accolade with three red stars for 2009/10, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK. East Lodge was named Small Hotel of the Year 2008/09 at the East Midlands Tourism awards, and then went on to become a silver Winner as Hotel of the Year 2009/10 at the national finals – renowned as the tourism Oscars. In 2007/08 East Lodge was named Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year and also scooped the Cond Nast Johansens Most excellent service & Readers choice awards.
For further information on East Lodge, visit http://www.eastlodge.com
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Lights, camera, London Marathon action for actor Kevin

Leading charity Deafness Research UK will have several runners raising funds for them in this years London Marathon. Among them and not just looking to run a good race round the capital, but also hoping to raise some capital too will be Kevin Balfour. A support officer and an actor, London based Kevin will not have too far to travel to the start line and having run the London Marathon last year for Deafness Research UK in just over four hours, he is now looking to beat last years time and fundraising target in one!

I did the London Marathon last year for Deafness Research UK and it went very well, said Kevin, It also felt good to be raising money for charity at the same time. It was a very rewarding thing to do. There are a lot of selfish people on this planet who just take, take, take, so it felt like the right thing to give a little for a change. It was a natural move to do what I could again this year.

Kevin raised just under £3,000 in 2009 and despite the recession tightening peoples purse strings, he is still hoping to raise a similar target again. Kevin himself is hard of hearing, caused by being part strangled at birth by his own umbilical cord and like so many other supporters of Deafness Research UK, he is passionate about deafness research and how essential new funds are to support vital research.

Deafness Research UK is such an amazing charity, continued Kevin,among other things it is supporting the stem cell scientific research programme at Sheffield University. Like many other people, I keep up with the latest developments and this research could be the next best thing to cure or restore hearing.

Anyone wanting to support Kevin can do so via Facebook, where you can find adverts on his Facebook wall or alternatively visit http://www.justgiving.com/kevin-balfour. Just Giving is the easiest way to fundraise and donate to charity online, and was set up to enable any charity to use the web to raise money at very low cost. Because of this, the maximum amount of money goes to good causes like Deafness Research UK.

Sue Bowcock, Community and Events Officer for Deafness Research UK, said: Kevin is right that any funds raised by the people running for Deafness Research UK in this years London Marathon will make a real difference to our ability to conduct further life changing research for children and adults across the UK.

Marathons are an important fundraiser for Deafness Research UK continued Sue, and the organisers always offer fantastic support to small charities like ours and the people who run for us.

For further information, contact Sue Bowcock on 0207 679 8965 or e-mail her at sue.bowcock@deafnessresearch.org.uk
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Notes to editors
About Deafness Research UK
Deafness Research UK is the countrys only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.
The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222
For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
One in seven people in the UK almost nine million people – suffer hearing loss.
Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.

In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

Scientific & medical advances
Since its creation in 1985, Deafness Research UK has awarded over £10 million in research grants to secure radical improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment.
The advances we have been responsible for include:
the development of the Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) test to enable doctors to identify hearing impaired babies at birth.
research into more effective cochlear implant devices and services, including assessment, fitting and rehabilitation procedures for children.
improvements in signal processing for digital hearing aids in order to help improve speech discrimination and understanding, particularly in noisy environments
the isolation of genes responsible for many forms of inherited deafness including the most important breakthrough that mutations in the Connexin-26 gene cause a significant proportion of congenital and childhood deafness
research into preventing or repairing inner ear damage, including funding researchers who were the first to report that hair cells in the mammalian balance system can regenerate
the discovery that an overproduction of the neurotransmitter glutamate can be linked to tinnitus, a finding which could lead to new drug treatments for the condition.

Further Deafness Research UK achievements can be found at http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk and following the achievements button. A direct link follows here:
http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk/Scientific%20%26amp%3B%20medical%20advances+2213.twl

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Chris Lakin is Marathon man in New York, Edinburgh and London!

I choose to run in aid of charity as I love running, explained Chris, I ran the New York Marathon for a local charity, so I decided to run London for Deafness Research UK. I work in a sales position for a hearing aid and audiology company, so I know of the importance of Deafness Research UKs work and thought because of my work connection, I stood a good chance of raising more money for them.

Chris is looking to raise over £1,500 for Deafness Research UK, although London will not be the end of his endeavours. Once Chris has London under his belt, just four weeks later he will be turning his attention to Edinburgh Marathon too! I am hoping to hit my fundraising target with London, but I will be taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon just after London and I am doing this for Deafness Research UK too, so between them I am hoping to do quite well with my fundraising!

Anyone looking to sponsor Chris on his epic Marathon of Marathons in aid of Deafness Research UK can do so by visiting his fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/chris-lakin. His efforts are sure not just to raise a lot of money, but will inspire many people to follow in his footsteps.

Sue Bowcock, Community and Events Officer for Deafness Research UK, said: Chris is one more example of people who go to extraordinary lengths to support Deafness Research UK. Running not just one but two Marathons for us is absolutely amazing. We are all so grateful for his efforts, which are sure not just to raise a lot of money, but will inspire many other people to think about running for charity in the future.

One in seven of the UK population suffers from a hearing disability and the funds raised by people like Chris is about more than just money, its about giving people hope for a cure or a way to manage their condition, enabling them to get on with running their lives. Talking of running, how does Chris expect to go on in the Marathon?

My best time for a Marathon so far is 3hrs 40mins 4 secs, said Chris, so anything towards 3hrs 30mins would be a great achievement.

For further information, contact Sue Bowcock on 0207 679 8965 or e-mail her at sue.bowcock@deafnessresearch.org.uk
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Notes to editors

About Deafness Research UK
Deafness Research UK is the countrys only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.

The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222 For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
One in seven people in the UK almost nine million people – suffer hearing loss. Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.
In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

Scientific & medical advances
Since its creation in 1985, Deafness Research UK has awarded over £10 million in research grants to secure radical improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment.

The advances we have been responsible for include: the development of the Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) test to enable doctors to identify hearing impaired babies at birth.
research into more effective cochlear implant devices and services, including assessment, fitting and rehabilitation procedures for children improvements in signal processing for digital hearing aids in order to help improve speech discrimination and understanding, particularly in noisy environments the isolation of genes responsible for many forms of inherited deafness including the most important breakthrough that mutations in the Connexin-26 gene cause a significant proportion of congenital and childhood deafness research into preventing or repairing inner ear damage, including funding researchers who were the first to report that hair cells in the mammalian balance system can regenerate the discovery that an overproduction of the neurotransmitter glutamate can be linked to tinnitus, a finding which could lead to new drug treatments for the condition.

Further Deafness Research UK achievements can be found at http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk and following the achievements button. A direct link follows here:
http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk/Scientific%20%26amp%3B%20medical%20advances+2213.twl

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Tel: 0114 275 6996
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Brunel Franklin helps Derby man win major PPI payout

When Matthew Green of Stenson Fields, Derby, took out a secured loan, he thought some element of payment protection insurance might be useful. What he didnt realise, however, was that he would end up paying many thousands of pounds for less than one year of cover.

It was only when he attempted to re-mortgage his property that the full costs of the policy, sold by Picture, became apparent and Matthew received a nasty shock.

My mortgage advisor went over my paperwork for the £47,000 loan and wanted to know why I was paying thousands of pounds for PPI, he explained. Even worse, the loan was over a 25-year period but the insurance policy only covered the first five years. We asked for a settlement figure from Picture who offered about £1,500 which meant it had cost me many thousands of pounds for just eight months cover.

My loan application was dealt with over the phone and the payment protection part just got swallowed up with all the other details. It wasnt clear that I didnt have to take the insurance out or that the loan wasnt dependent on having it. I definitely didnt realise that if I settled early, the PPI payments would still be taken for the whole term, said Matthew, 41, who works as a CNC programme operator. His mortgage advisor told him about financial experts BrunelFranklin.com Brunel Franklin pursued his case for compensation, securing a massive pay-out of thousands of pounds.

I am obviously over the moon with the compensation and the help I have received from Brunel Franklin; I couldnt have done it without them, said Matthew. I just wanted to be in a position where I could pay off Picture and draw a line under the whole experience. I am annoyed about whats happened and much more wary about financial products which seem to be sold at massive commissions to customers who dont always realise whats involved. There must be thousands of other people in a similar position to me who dont understand the seriousness of their situation or just how much the cover might cost them, he added.

Sally Bowyer, Managing director for http://www.BrunelFranklin.com, said it was scandalous that PPI policies were so often mis-sold. Firms who used unscrupulous sales tactics to sell PPI are finally having to pay for the shoddy way in which they mistreated customers. The fines levied against vendors are relatively small when you consider that up to 35 million policy may have been sold and many people dont even know theyve got then. Those who do have it didnt necessarily ask for it, or want it.

We have dealt with no end of cases where the cost has been added automatically to the loan or people have been led to believe its a compulsory requirement when it is in fact optional, she said.

In Mr Greens case the interest on the PPI was calculated over the 25 year term of the loan even though he was only insured for the first five years which is clearly unfair. We are delighted with this success and there may be millions more people who are entitled to compensation. Borrowers who do want payment protection may already be covered under some existing insurance or an employers sickness scheme and, if not, they have every right to shop around for the best product for them. People should be made well aware of these facts at the point of sale but once again financial institutions are happily overcharging customers and should be brought to book, she added. We would urge anyone who thinks their policy was mis-sold to seek specialist advice without delay.

To find out if Brunel Franklin can help you, just log on to http://www.brunelfranklin.com and take the simple 60-second test. Alternatively, you can telephone 0800 0515451 free of charge.
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Lack of help leaves Chesterfield couple frustrated after APD diagnosis

After a hearing test and referral to the hospital, Chelsea was given hearing aids and we thought these would help Chelseas husband Simon explains: But after further tests we were told she had APD, something wed never heard of and we were sent away with confusing leaflets and left to cope with it on our own.

Auditory Processing Disorder is not a problem with the ears in hearing sounds, but a difficulty with the brain in processing them, making it difficult for sufferers to understand speech. There is a lot that isnt known about the condition.

Every aspect of Chelseas life is affected. Noisy places are terrible for her and she says that everything feels jumbled up in her head. She struggles to understand instructions – and as she has a physical disability too – I have had to become her full time carer and point of contact for all communication, Simon said.

With a 10 month old baby boy, the couple are now worried that their young son may be affected by the condition, which is thought may be passed on genetically. Simon explains: Our son has had initial hearing tests and we now have to wait until he is over a year old for further tests. This is extremely worrying for us as parents, especially as we are realising how little is known about APD and how there is nothing that can be done

Simon continues: The most frustrating thing for me has been the lack of support and knowledge, even when I try to talk to the consultants at the hospital they dont seem to know how to help. I try to research as much as I can on the internet and this is how I came across the charity Deafness Research UK who sent me some useful information.

Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, said: Deafness Research UK funds research into Auditory Processing Disorders and we are currently funding a project to develop more accurate diagnostic tests. While the charity is passionate about research and finding new cures and treatments, we are also here to offer help, support, information and practical guidance for people faced with the challenges of hearing disorders. Anyone with any questions or concerns regarding APD can contact our freephone information line on 0808 808 2222 or visit our website where we have an APD fact sheet.

Deafness Research UK is the country’s only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for the deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people including tinnitus sufferers. For information on research into deafness and other hearing conditions, log on to the website, www.deafnessresearch.org.uk
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About Deafness Research UK

Deafness Research UK is the countrys only charity dedicated to finding new cures, treatments and technologies for deaf, hard of hearing and other hearing impaired people.
The charity supports high quality medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment including tinnitus.
The Deafness Research UK Information Service provides free information and advice based on the latest scientific evidence and informed by leading experts. The Information Service can be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2222
For more information on research into deafness, tinnitus and other hearing conditions, log on to the website at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk where you can access a wide range of information. Alternatively you can e-mail Deafness Research UK at info@deafnessresearch.org.uk
One in seven people in the UK almost nine million people – suffer hearing loss.
Deafness Research UK was founded in 1985 by Lord (Jack) and Lady Ashley of Stoke.
In January 2008, Action for Tinnitus Research (ATR) was linked with Deafness Research UK under a uniting direction order under section 96(6) of the Charities Act 1993.

Scientific & medical advances

Since its creation in 1985, Deafness Research UK has awarded over £10 million in research grants to secure radical improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of hearing impairment.
The advances we have been responsible for include:
the development of the Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) test to enable doctors to identify hearing impaired babies at birth.
research into more effective cochlear implant devices and services, including assessment, fitting and rehabilitation procedures for children.
improvements in signal processing for digital hearing aids in order to help improve speech discrimination and understanding, particularly in noisy environments
the isolation of genes responsible for many forms of inherited deafness including the most important breakthrough that mutations in the Connexin-26 gene cause a significant proportion of congenital and childhood deafness
research into preventing or repairing inner ear damage, including funding researchers who were the first to report that hair cells in the mammalian balance system can regenerate
the discovery that an overproduction of the neurotransmitter glutamate can be linked to tinnitus, a finding which could lead to new drug treatments for the condition.

Further Deafness Research UK achievements can be found at www.deafnessresearch.org.uk and following the achievements button. A direct link follows here:
http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk/Scientific%20%26amp%3B%20medical%20advances+2213.twl

Press enquiries
Jon Gardner, BeyondPR. Direct line 0114 275 6996. Mobile 07930 697773. e-mail: jon.gardner@beyondpr.co.uk
REF: DR-UK0182 Chelsea Briggs case study

http://www.deafnessresearch.org.uk