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MPs debate deafness and hearing loss

Despite having perhaps weightier issues on their minds, Parliament  debated the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework,  on Thursday 30 June. You can read a report of the debate here.
There are eloquent contributions by MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Lilian Greenwood, both

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Marks and Spencer turns down the music

M&S is turning  off background music in its stores after ten years, to give its customers a chance to browse in silence.
The new music-free policy will be put into practice over the next few weeks at 300 clothing and home branches across the UK. Food stores were already silent!

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Customers want to enjoy restaurants’ taste in food, not music

Turning off the music and up the lights may not seem conducive to creating the right ambience for diners seeking an enjoyable night out. But there are many people – namely the 10 million deaf and hard of hearing – who would welcome this more considerate approach, says ATLA.
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Asda’s quiet hour to beat stress

Supermarket chain ASDA is to switch off TVs, music and even escalators to encourage people who struggle with loud noises to shop there at one of its Manchester stores.
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Gene that causes Otosclerosis identified

This is the first very welcome step towards finding a way to prevent otosclerosis, one of the most common forms of hearing loss in younger people.
https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/news-and-events/all-regions/press-releases/new-research-discovers-gene-that-causes-common-deafness.aspx

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