Meet Ian

Ian is a minister and active in his church and community. Over the last five years his hearing has deteriorated, which is having a big impact on his work, which is centred around communication.

I think communication is such a basically important thing and even if a person thinks it’s hard, we’ve got to work at it.

There are some people who need physical support, whether it’s hearing aids or implants or something like that, or whether they just need people to talk more clearly and a bit slower to them. And that can be consciously done if we practice it, and if we’re sensitive to the people around us.

Read more about hearing loss (sensory neural hearing loss can be associated with ageing) and other changes to communication that are often associated with ageing.

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