Now Sandra, a mum of three grown-up children who lives with her retired husband, Alex, has seen a meteoric rise in her career. She has been promoted to manager at Tropic Beauty since having aids fitted by Harvey Shaw at our branch in Llandudno. In recognition of her achievements for the company, she also met Lord Sugar on stage at a Tropic Beauty conference.
Now Sandra wants to help other people in her situation by helping to smash taboos around hearing tests and urging them not to wait for as long as she did to have her hearing issues resolved effectively.
She said: “Before having these hearing aids, I was gradually losing all my confidence. I became very anxious in certain situations, all because of my hearing loss. I would talk myself out of invites and it got to the stage where I was just about coping and putting on a brave face. It was very isolating.
“Now, I want to try to inspire others who have hearing loss that think they have no hope. Even if I get to inspire one person who struggles with hearing loss and help them to regain their confidence, I will have succeeded. I want to raise awareness of hearing loss and let people know that it is normal and nothing to be ashamed of.”
Four in 10 people over the age of 50 have hearing loss in the UK, yet surprisingly some people may wait for up to seven years before getting a hearing test, according to a recent Hidden Hearing survey.
Originally from Hertfordshire, Sandra first found out about her hearing loss when she was in her late 30s. She said: “It totally knocked the wind out of my sails. I could not believe it was happening to me. I saw two specialists before I would accept that there was a problem.”