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SIR: Anne Robin­son pro­vides in­sight into the dis­tress that hear­ing loss in­curs from both sides of the tym­panic mem­brane (‘Farewell to the Sound of Si­lence’, The Oldie, Oc­to­ber is­sue). How­ever, as a re­tired oc­cu­pa­tional health nurse, may I urge your read­er­ship to adopt vig­or­ous pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures? For ex­am­ple, al­ways wear hear­ing pro­tec­tion (ear muffs or plugs) when us­ing the lawn­mower/strim­mer/power drill.

My own hear­ing is poor thanks to mo­tor­bikes, rock con­certs and bass play­ing etc. It drives me mad some­times but it make my wife even mad­der! I even wear hear­ing pro­tec­tion when us­ing the Mag­imix… that’s how much I value those deci­bels I can still hear. Philip Merivale, Key­haven, Hamp­shire.

SIR: Hur­rah/hur­ray for the NHS. When I lost hear­ing in one ear, my GP sent me to hos­pi­tal for a scan to make sure that I did not have a brain tu­mour.

My fam­ily has a his­tory of deaf­ness, es­pe­cially in one ear, and then, some years later, in the other. The hos­pi­tal as­sessed my hear­ing and fit­ted me with one hear­ing aid and, a few years later, with two. They are dig­i­tal aids and easy to use, com­fort­able and in­con­spic­u­ous.

I still have a job with ‘Front of House’ at our su­perb Chich­ester Fes­ti­val The­atre (CFT). They have a ‘loop sys­tem’ and my hear­ing aids work well with that. The CFT also pro­vides Sennheiser lis­ten­ing units for peo­ple with im­paired hear­ing, and also Stage­text cap­tioned per­for­mances. (There are also signed per­for­mances for the se­verely deaf.)

There is no need to feel iso­lated and that the the­atre is not for you be­cause of hear­ing loss. You do not have to pay a for­tune for ex­pert assess­ment and good hear­ing aids. Rose­mary Wheeler, Chich­ester, West Sus­sex.

‘I’m afraid madam’s card is out of sea­son’

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