In a bid to help people understand I went to the Specsavers Silent Night event, which would entail enjoying a Christmas meal whilst having my ears blocked so 70% of hearing would be lost.
Once I'd had the putty like filler injected into my ears I took a seat around the table to have breakfast and chat which sounds simple, but had now been made a whole lot harder.
When talking to people I had to make sure I was looking directly at them, relying much more than I usually would on facial indicators and lip movements during a conversation.
I also found that eating and talking to someone was near impossible; when eating, the sound of chewing would drown out everything around me. I found this meant it took me much longer to eat a meal, having to constantly stop eating so I could partake in conversation.
I also found it very difficult to chat to more than one person at a time, unable to look at different people's faces at the same time making it hard to get into group conversations.
Nick Taylor, Head of Professional Advancement at Specsavers Hearing Centres, was in attendance at the breakfast and explained some of the knock on effects of hearing loss (that is left untreated) with depression, loneliness, diabetes and weight gain being just a few.
Once your hearing starts to deteriorate, there is nothing that can be done to bring it back 100%, but a simple hearing test and an aid can bring back up to 95% of hearing, vastly improving a person's life.
Having experienced 70% hearing loss and struggling to get through a meal without worrying I was speaking too loudly, not being able to communicate fully, and even not wanting to really eat as it disturbed my hearing, I now more than ever see the importance of hearing tests.
For more information on hearing loss and to book a free hearing test visit www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing