Scottish professional bowls player from East Lothian, Willie Wood MBE, is enjoying crystal clear hearing for the first time after being fitted with state-of-the-art hearing aids.
Willie, who has been bowling for more than 65 years, began experiencing mild hearing loss a few years ago but was too self-conscious to wear a hearing aid.
Noticeable hearing issues
He noticed his hearing wasn’t what it once was after he continuously had to ask his wife, friends and family to repeat themselves during conversations, and had to turn the TV volume up extremely loud in order to hear it.
Willie, who competed in the outdoor or lawn form of the game as well as indoors, said: ‘My hearing has been causing me issues for a few years now but I really didn’t want to admit I needed help.
‘I was surprised when I was told just how poor my hearing was and I decided to bite the bullet and get a pair of hearing aids. I always thought the only hearing aids on the market were big and plastic but the one I’ve been fitted is very slim and discreet – you wouldn’t even know it was there but it is a huge help in my day-to-day life.’
Willie first represented his country in professional bowls in 1966 and subsequently played in a record-breaking seven Commonwealth Games, winning four medals. He is the most capped Scottish Commonwealth Games athlete ever with 127 appearances for Scotland over the last 40 years and was awarded an MBE in 1992 for Services to Sport.
Willie said: ‘During the winter, we play bowls in a larger indoor arena which makes it difficult to hear my teammates due to the echoes. But now I’ve been fitted with my hearing aid, I can hear them perfectly and I’m absolutely delighted.
‘State-of-the-art hearing aids really helped to persuade someone like me, who has managed without aids for so long, to give them another try and I would recommend anyone suffering from hearing loss to visit their local Specsavers.’
A word from our audiology director
Jonathan Bell, Specsavers audiology director, said: ‘The Specsavers advanced hearing aids Willie was fitted with have dramatically helped to boost his hearing.
‘The majority of hearing impairments are gradual which means that many people often don’t realise just how bad their hearing has become as they slowly start to rely more heavily on other senses.
‘I’d like to encourage anyone who is concerned they may have a hearing impairment to make an appointment.’
Willie recently visited Specsavers hearing centre in Cameron Toll to have his first hearing aid fitted. He received a new advanced system from Specsavers own brand.
Jonathan Bell is the audiology director at Specsavers Audiologists in Cameron Toll, Shandwick Place, North Bridge, Gyle Centre, Galashiels, Straiton, Corstorphine, Morningside, Dalkeith, Musselburgh and Leith.
For more information or to book a free hearing test contact the Hearing Centre 0131 672 9210. The Specsavers Hearing Check App is also free to download on the App and Play store on iOS or Android devices and advises whether a full check in store is recommended.