In July, Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams opened up about her hearing loss, something she says she had been “struggling” with for around five years. During an airing of the ITV panel show, the 59-year-old said her inability to hear had been “scary” at times.
She explained: “For around five-ish years, maybe more, I have been aware that I’ve been struggling but you just make excuses.”
As time went on, the TV star said she had begun to joke about her hearing loss, but eventually realised it becoming more serious.
She said: “Although you laugh that off, it is now beginning to get to me because, I think, I’m really missing things and I don’t want to be a standing joke.”
The show then aired a segment which showed Kaye visiting a doctor to have her ears tested before being told that she is losing her hearing in both ears.
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The doctor advised her to wear a hearing aid in each moving forward.
Kaye admitted she was not expecting the diagnosis, to which she asked the doctor: “Both ears?”
She also shared her experience on Instagram Stories, showing more insight into her hearing check-up.
She wrote: “Never thought I’d say I enjoyed an ear test but @ferazashraf made it easy and painless.
“Have to admit though his diagnosis was a shock.”
The TV panellist also showed a close-up image of her new hearing aids.
Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say, especially in noisy places
- Asking people to repeat themselves
- Listening to music or watching TV with the volume higher than other people need
- Difficulty hearing on the phone
- Finding it hard to keep up with a conversation
- Feeling tired or stressed from having to concentrate while listening
Sometimes other people around you may notice you are struggling to hear before you do.