Rotary members are all ears
THE speaker at the latest meeting of the Rotary club of Macclesfield Castle was audiologist Simon Redman from the NHS in Macclesfield.
Simon talked about how our hearing fails as we get older and what we can do to prevent it.
Alec Johnston, who is a member of the club, said: “Simon explained that as we get older we start to lose some of our hearing naturally and this happens in the inner ear where microscopic hair cells which transport sound to the brain, start to wear away.
“Higher frequencies are the first to go. Consequently many people can hear a deeper male voice rather than a higher female one.
“This applies to language as Russian and Spanish are very hard to understand because many phrases and intonations are in the high frequencies.
“Simon jokingly said ‘so keep to the vowels in the low frequencies’.”
Simon added that while hearing aids amplify the sound, it’s the brain that does the interpretation.
●● James Anderton, president of the Rotary club of Macclesfield Castle (left), with Simon Redman