Living with hearing loss

Former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames has publicly spoken out about her hearing loss and the effects of this on her day to day life.

Before being diagnosed with hearing loss her hearing had been near perfect but it wasn’t until her children had started noticing that she was turning the TV volume up high that she thought she may have a problem.

The most difficult aspect in coming to terms with her hearing loss was the feeling of isolation. She recalled a number of times, on screen, that she couldn’t hear and had to try and playact and in many social situations found that she had to ask people to repeat themselves which was embarrassing.

At aged 55 she now wears hearing aids and feels that there shouldn’t be a stigma attached to hearing loss or to wearing hearing aids and that people should feel comfortable in speaking about their hearing loss.

As Jacqui experienced, many of the tell tail signs for a person developing hearing loss are:-

  • Turning the TV volume up
  • Struggling in social situations where there is too much background noise
  • Feeling isolated

Hearing loss can be caused by age, a severe infection and work related loss (noise induced hearing loss).

Hearing loss caused by noise exposure can affect many people who have worked in industry whether that is in the engineering trade or through factory work. This is due to no or a lack of hearing protection being worn and even being provided by employers causing, in some cases, severe hearing loss. Hearing loss for the majority of those who have worked in a noisy environment can also be associated with tinnitus which is where a person can hear noises from inside their body and can range from the following:

  • Buzzing
  • Hissing
  • Whistling

Therefore it is important for you to speak out about your hearing problems and to not hide behind them. Your GP will be able to consider the extent of your problems, what this is most likely to have been caused by and the necessary treatment needed. If you have found that your hearing loss has been caused as a result of noise exposure then please contact us.

We have a specialist team of Solicitors who deal with Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims on a day to day basis and who will be able to provide you with a professional service where you will be guided through your claim.

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