Politician and Businessman Voices Concern at Wearing Aid For Vanity Reasons

Steven Norris, a well-known and established politician and businessman, has started fronting a campaign about deafness for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID); despite the fact that he refuses to wear a hearing aid himself.

The politician, who resigned as an MP in 1997, has suffered from poor hearing since he was seven years-old and is now promoting the new scheme to urge more of us to test our hearing and get help if we need it.

However, regardless of this he is reported to have said that he is “far too vain to wear a hearing aid” and he is determined not to seek help him-self.

Previously, he has served on the board of the RNID and been a governor of a hard of hearing school in Berkshire, but even with 58 years of hearing difficulty he is allegedly “not quite ready for it yet.”

“It’s not so much vanity as an admission of the encroachment of age; a recognition of disability that I want to push away,” he recently told The Telegraph.

Hearing impairment affects nine million people, who mostly are elderly, in the UK. Despite this alarming figure, millions of people are still not seeking help for their hearing impairment.

Mr Norris said: “The trouble with hearing aids is that they are not discreet. They are a visible sign of ageing and feebleness, which I would much prefer not to use for as long as I can.”

“And I’m typical of millions of people who put vanity in front of good sense. When I do have to wear a hearing aid, I want the smallest, most discreet and probably most expensive hearing aid in the world,” the businessman added.

About one in every seven adults in the UK has some level of hearing loss; most of these people are over the age of 60.

Make sure you get your hearing tested and if need be, wearing hearing aids.

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