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’