Coronation Street Star Speaks Out About Personal Hearing Loss

Coronation Street actress Rula Lenska has spoken out to FemaleFirst about her battle with hearing loss.

The television programme star has detailed about her hearing loss for the first time as she launches a nationwide search for deaf and hard of hearing achievers.

The 63 year-old has admitted that she suffers from higher frequency hearing loss and wears hearing aids in both ears, since she lost her hearing almost 10 years ago after getting an ear infection from coral when diving on holiday.

Mrs Lenska said: “I have never publically spoken about it, mainly because there is still so much stigma attached to hearing loss and too many jokes told about something that really isn’t funny.

“By launching these awards I want to get people talking about hearing difficulties and celebrating the stories of those who have never let it hold them back.”

The award launch, called Sound Barrier Star awards, in partnership with Specsavers hearing centres, hopes to target the one is seven people in the UK who have hearing problems.

The actress added: “Having battled for the past decade, I know that coping with hearing difficulties can take an enormous amount of bravery.

“It’s awe-inspiring to learn how others with hearing loss manage and accomplish their goals; that why I am so honoured to support the Sound Barrier Star Awards.”

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder and executive of Specsavers, said: “We’re delighted to have Rula on board for this year’s Sound Barrier Star awards. She’s a wonderful role model and a perfect example of how hearing loss does not need to hold you back.

“We hope that by understanding Rula’s story other people will be happy to break the silence on their own hearing difficulties.”

For every entry into the awards, Specsavers is donating £5 to charity partner Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The awards will recognise 10 regional finalists across the UK and the winner will be decided at the grand finale at The Savile Club, in London in September 2011.

So don’t be afraid of speaking out about your hearing device whether it is asiemens hearing aid or an oticon agil.

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