Put your hands over your ears or block them with cotton wool and listen to the sounds around you. Difficult isn’t it? Imagine if that was how you lived your life every day.
For some people living with a hearing impairment this is their reality. Hearing loss affects far more than their ability to hear the birds singing or music on the radio, it often affects the conversations they have with their friends and family.
Around 9 million people in the UK suffer from hearing problems. Some may not be aware of the impairment, some might only know at certain times of the day or in specific situations, but others live with the condition 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fortunately, advances in medicine and modern technology means, those living with a hearing impairment can lead a relatively normal life. Hearing aids have evolved from the ugly, cumbersome aids of the past into minute digital versions, which sit within the ear canal and are almost invisible.
Research by Hidden Hearing has shown how hearing aids have changed over the decades.