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I MUST congratulate Jo Davison for her excellent article on how she overcame the stigma of hearing loss and why she is no longer one of the millions of people who refuse help and live in a muffled world.

Whilst Jo’s deafness may be a personal unfortunate natural development, millions of peoples suffer from preventable industrial deafness,

Hearing loss occurs when loud noises, sometimes sudden or sometimes periodical or continuous over a long time, lead to problems. Industrial deafness is a category of noise-induced hearing loss which occurs as a result of working in an environment with very loud machinery or other noise.

Because of the danger of noise-induced hearing loss, ear protection is often necessary in working environments where high-intensity noise is either a continuous or periodical issue. These simple health and safety measures may prevent industrial deafness to employees in noisy working environments.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) state there are certain limits to the levels of harmful noise an employee should be exposed to over a period of time. Employers who do not adhere to these guidelines are putting their employees at the risk of permanent industrial deafness.

Bill Ronksley, Pond Road, Stannington, Sheffield, S6

n Why was Jo Davison prescribed this aid? I also feel embarrassed about wearing a behind-the-ear model.

I attended Hearing Services in February and requested this type of aid but was told they did not prescribe them. I have tried to contact Hearing Services but none of the telephone lines were being answered. Jo says the department have a limited budget. That may be so but awe have all paid into the system and should all receive the same service.

Valerie Kirk