For years I have suggested to my mother that, when she complains that she cannot hear something, she should perhaps get a hearing aid. However, a friend who grew up two houses to the north of us, this evening posted on Facebook that he had just had his ears irrigated.

Before this evening, I had no idea that such a procedure could be carried out. However, where it impacts my life, is that I have noticed that I have to have the television turned up higher to hear it; and I have difficulty hearing people when speaking to me on the telephone. I think that I shall be booking an appointment with my GP to discuss my hearing.