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How supervisors can create a better work environment for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees


Hearing loss cases are climbing globally — 1 in 5 adults are affected — along with a growing number of older workers who are more likely to experience hearing loss. A new study sheds light on how the severity of an employee's hearing loss can impact their experience at work — and the steps managers and employers can take to create a more inclusive environment for deaf or hard-of-hearing employees.
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Funke Medical GmbH

Managing Director of Funke Medical supports charity flights as a pilot


Andreas Funke, Managing Director of Funke Medical GmbH and volunteer pilot in the non-profit network “Flying Hope e. V. “, ensured a child’s quick and safe journey home after an operation with his flight from Rostock to Essen-Mülheim on 14th December 2022.
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Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai

Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai: Hearing Aid Adaptation Event successfully held


On 17th December 2022, the Hearing Aid Adaptation Event, hosted by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., was successfully held at the Hearing Rehabilitation Service Center of Shanghai Prosthetic Factory, bringing an end to hearing difficulties and opening up a whole new world of sound and melody for people with hearing impairments.
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Auxiliary means industry: sustainable production, work and life


The term "sustainability" has been on everyone's lips for some years now. Supermarkets advertise sustainable products, exchange platforms emphasize the sustainability of second-hand clothing, and disposable diapers are frowned upon by many young parents because of the mountains of trash they generate. But what is the actual situation in the medical and auxiliary means industry?
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Friedrichstadt-Palast; Andi Weiland |

Small, smart, connected: hearing solutions and smart home applications


The latest communication technology trends also affect hearing systems: These tiny hearing amplifiers are getting smarter and can sometimes be connected to other systems. recaps the latest trends in hearing aid technology, explains the present limitations and explores other applications for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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Photo: a blind man uses the read aloud function of his smartphone. a woman with a hearing aid; Copyright: Michel Arriens | / visitBerlin; Andi Weiland |

Michel Arriens | / visitBerlin; Andi Weiland |

Assistive devices for people with sensory disabilities


In the end, a good assistive device always means: more participation. People with sensory disabilities experience a different form of barriers every day – especially frequently in the area of communication. In our Topic of the Month, you can read about the aids that can help them use their smartphones without barriers, for example, or about the development of hearing systems.
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Stephan Olbrich

Music and hearing impairment: "Music is an universal language that doesn’t need words"


Music breaks down boundaries – that’s something the Association "Grenzen sind relativ e.V. - Kultur, Gesellschaft und Inklusion" clearly shows. Initiator and project manager Mischa Gohlke is a professional musician, who has been hearing impaired and nearly deaf since birth. He wants our society to get excited about a holistic approach to inclusion with the help of music.
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"Speech-to-text interpreters assist in equal access communication"


There is an alternative for hearing impaired or deaf persons, who are not able to or don’t want to communicate with the help of sign language: so-called speech-to-text interpreters reproduce spoken words into a text format onto paper, computer monitors or screens. inquired with the German Association of Speech-to-Text Interpreters and gained some insight into this profession.
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