“I realised I was struggling to hear properly… I was saying ‘Excuse Me’, ‘Pardon’ and ‘What was that?’ far too often.”
Eamonn Holmes feels “liberated” wearing hearing aids.
The 58-year-old TV presenter feels “frustrated” if he forgets to put the hearing aids into his ears despite initially having to “pluck up the courage” to wear them, and is now keen to raise awareness of a potential link between dementia and hearing loss.
He said: “These days, I’m frustrated when I don’t have my aids with me. I feel liberated by them.
The “This Morning” co-host was left “shocked” by the recent deaths of TV presenter Dale Winton, aged 68, and former footballer Ray Wilkins, 61, and while Eamonn is in “a bit of a hurry” to see more of the world as a result, he doesn’t want to slow down his work any time soon.
He said: “I look back at the last 38 years and think, “Where did that go?” I don’t feel any older than 25.
“You get these big shocks. Dale Winton, Ray Wilkins, Eric Bristow have all died in the past few weeks at the age of 60 or thereabouts. My own father died at 64, of a heart attack.
“It puts you in a bit of a hurry to do things – see the Northern Lights, the Rio carnival, Mount Rushmore and have a look around Washington DC.