Celebrities reveal hearing loss
F you sometimes struggle to hear people speak, or misunderstand conversation when several people are chatting at once, you are not alone – and it can be a sign of hearing loss.
It’s thought that around fourmillion peoplewould benefit fromhearing aids but don’t wear them. Many people refuse to consider aids because they worry they are bulky or uncomfortable.
But invisible hearing aids have redefined perceptions of “must have” wearable technology – for instance, did you know that Bill Clinton andRichard Wilson both wear hearing aids? Indeed, many of Hollywood’s finest have hearing problems, and openly speak out about it.
Star of the hit political drama West Wing, Rob Lowe is deaf in his right ear after catching mumps as a child. He says it has not affected his career because: “I don’t know any differently.” But, adds, “As I get older, it’s harder and harder. Loud restaurants drive me ballistic.”
Former US president Bill Clinton was also 51, and still in office, when he was fitted with hearing aids. It was big news in the United States, but his in- ear- canal hearing aids are so discreet the rest of the world didn’t notice.
Actor Richard Wilson, best known as grumpy Victor Meldrew, says: “I ampartially deaf in both ears. I wear hearing aids — and I’m not afraid to admit it.”
TV presenter Anne Diamond blames a lifetime using earpieces for her hearing loss and says: “I have been warned I probably will need a hearing aid quite soon.”
Actress Halle Berry lost 80 per cent of her hearing in one ear after an injury.
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