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I have hearing loss!

Notice I didn't say I was deaf - being deaf means you have "profound hearing loss" I like millions of others in this country have a hearing loss - and in my case I have lost the ability to hear at the higher frequencies! Examples of where I have problems hearing are womens voices, CYCLE BELLS and TYRE NOISE! I use hearing aid and these help, but they are not perfect. So next time you come up behind a pedestrian on a shared path and they do not react to your tinging of your bell (if you have one?), chances are they either have ear pods in, or more probably, if they are elderly, they have hearing loss. Don't bellow "CYCLIST PASSING ON THE LEFT/RIGHT",  hearing loss also means you have problems locating a sound source and bellowing at someone will only confuse them. Just slow down, say something like "excuse me please" in a normal voice, wait for them to acknowledge you and then pass slowly. If the cycle path is next to a busy road, the sound of traffic will make it even more difficult for those with hearing loss to hear you!

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