David Ross - who you may recognise as Elgin
Sparrowhawk from the BBC One comedy show 'The Green Green Grass' -
a spin off from the hugely successful 'Only Fools and Horses'.
David has been acting for more than 35 years - with theatre,
cinema and TV credits including 32 Brinkburn Street for the BBC,
ITV's Midsomer Murders and Doc Martin and most recently an episode
of the daytime show Doctors. David has performed in London's
West End including the original production of Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang as well as performances at the National Theatre. He was on the
road earlier this year for a 13 week UK tour of an Oscar Wilde play
called 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.'
David, now a customer of
our Blackburn branch, received a leaflet about a hearing test with
Amplifon through the post and was encouraged by his wife to go
along about six months ago. "We had noticed that I had
difficulty hearing conversations in certain situations including
hearing friends talking in the front of the car if I was travelling
in the back."
David's hearing test revealed that his hearing was about
40% less effective than it should be. His work on TV dramas
brings him into close proximity to his fellow actors and he has
found that his hearing is fine in those situations, and similarly
on stage the requirement to enunciate and project the voice means
that he can usually hear well. It is in more social
situations with background noise or when someone speaks very softly
that difficulties arise. "Using my hearing aids now to watch
television also means that it isn't too loud for my wife to enjoy
too and I always use them to listen to the radio."
David Ross September 2011