A National Coastwatch left behind her watch tower to star in the latest Specsavers Hearing Centres TV advert.
Star of the show
71-year-old grandmother of five, Pearl Marsland, was so impressed with her Specsavers hearing aids that she agreed to star in the latest television commercial to encourage others not to ignore their hearing loss.
Dorset-based Pearl has experienced hearing loss for two decades before doing anything about it, and in the ad she urges others to consider a hearing check too so that they can truly make the most of life.
She said: ‘I first realised I had hearing loss in the 1990s. At the time, I was running an independent theatre school but I struggled to hear what the kids were saying. One day, one of my pupils was trying to tell me there was a fire outside and I thought he was saying something about a ‘fair’. He got more and more frantic until I finally realised what he was saying. It could have been very dangerous.
‘I tried hearing aids but didn’t get on with them at the time. So I went back to turning the TV volume up really loud and straining to hear people in public. You can only say ‘pardon’ so many times before people start giving up on you. I was losing quality time with my grandchildren too, so I finally decided to do something about it.
‘I now have some state-of-the-art digital hearing aids which are just amazing, as they’re so discreet and comfortable. My hearing is very important to my role as I need to listen out for distress calls on the marine radio. I don’t know how I’d do that job without my hearing aids.’
Pearl had a free hearing test from a Specsavers audiologist and wears Siemens binax hearing aids.