In July, Loose Women panelist Kaye Adams opened up about her hearing loss, something she says she “struggled” with for about five years. During a broadcast of the ITV show, the 59-year-old said her inability to hear had been “scary” at times.
She explained: “For about five years, maybe more, I’ve been aware that I’m struggling, but you just make excuses.”
Over time, the TV star said she started joking about her hearing loss, but eventually realized it was getting more serious.
She said: “Although you laugh about it, it’s now starting to get to me because, I think, I’m really missing things and I don’t want to be a permanent joke.”
The show then aired a segment which showed Kaye visiting a doctor to have her ears tested before learning that she was losing her hearing in both ears.
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The doctor advised him to wear a hearing aid with every forward movement.
Kaye admitted she hadn’t expected the diagnosis, to which she asked the doctor, “Both ears?”
She also shared her experience on Instagram Stories, showing more information about her hearing assessment.
She wrote: “Never thought I’d say I enjoyed an ear test but @ferazashraf made it easy and painless.
“I have to admit his diagnosis came as a shock.”
The TV panelist also showed off a close-up image of her new hearing aids.
Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty hearing others clearly and misunderstanding what they are saying, especially in noisy places
- Ask people to repeat themselves
- Listening to music or watching TV at a higher volume than other people need
- Difficulty hearing on the phone
- Having trouble following a conversation
- Feeling tired or stressed from having to concentrate while listening
Sometimes other people around you may notice that you are having trouble hearing before you do.