John Craven has revealed he was forced into an emergency after a piece of his hearing aid got stuck in his ear.
81 year old man Country file The presenter shared how he learned not to take his hearing aids for granted after purchasing replacement parts online.
Craven told the Mirror: âWhen I needed new domes, I bought them online. They weren’t fit and one got stuck so tightly that embarrassingly it had to be pulled out in A&E. “
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Domes are the bell-shaped pieces that fit into the ear canal.
Craven – well known for hosting CBBC Newsround in the ’70s and’ 80s – explained that he denied hearing loss for many years, before finally getting it tested and finding out he needed hearing aids.
He said: âI once was traveling in a fairly loud vehicle with a well-known TV personality and one of my daughters. I was in the front and struggled to follow their conversation.
“After that, my daughter said, ‘Daddy, he invited you to his show and you didn’t respond .’…
“I forced myself to face the fact that like one in six people in the UK I suffered from hearing loss.”
Craven encouraged others to book a free hearing test at Specification savers if they have noticed any deterioration in their hearing.
He said: “There is nothing to be ashamed of. Any remaining stigma attached to hearing loss should be challenged and wearing a hearing aid should be as socially acceptable as wearing glasses. I am grateful and happy. to wear both.
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âWhat I learned is that you don’t have to suffer in silence or feel isolated.
“If you notice any changes in your hearing, or in the hearing of a loved one, there is nothing to lose by having it checked.”
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