The road to hearing loss – Peter’s story
My hearing impairment was first noted in my mid 20’s and became socially unacceptable in my mid 40’s when it started to impinge on my working and social life. Since then I have worn hearing aids which solve a lot of hearing issues but not background noise.
I am in my mid 70’s now and find my hearing deficit contributes to a sense of isolation which I try to overcome by remaining actively involved in various interests.
My prime interest in the hearing area is captioning and I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the TV and hospitality industries’ tardiness in improving services for the hearing impaired. Another issue not being addressed is the poor quality of public address systems in public place. I personally get zero benefit from such announcements. All of which reflects the lack of attention given to hearing issues particularly for the elderly and emphasises the need to make hearing No 10!