Sound Barrier Star Awards competition

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Dancing on Ice star Charlene Tilton is backing a nationwide campaign to celebrate those who are deaf or hard of hearing who have triumphed over adversity – and she is bringing the search to Stonehaven.

Charlene has joined forces with Specsavers hearing centre in Stonehaven to urge local residents who have never let hearing loss hold them back to get in touch to enter the annual Sound Barrier Star Awards.

The awards are in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and seek to reward an ordinary individual for their achievements or courage, despite having hearing loss. Glamorous Dallas star Charlene is launching the awards after speaking out about her own battle with hearing loss for the first time.

The actress, who showed the nation her skating skills while appearing on Dancing on Ice throughout January, has admitted she has higher frequency hearing loss, and wears a hearing aid after suffering from the problem for most of her life.

After lasting five weeks on the skating show, Charlene now wants to encourage hard of hearing high achievers in Stonehaven to come forward and be recognised for their own accomplishments.

Charlene says: “As a little girl I had a lot of problems with my ears, which led to years of painful perforated ear drums throughout my childhood. Since then I have suffered with hearing loss, which has been frustrating and, at times, very upsetting.”

Tom Simpson, director of Specsavers Stonehaven store adds: “We are keen to encourage people to come down to the store and to enter. We want to recognise the positive things people with hearing loss can achieve. We will also be continuing to offer free hearing tests to encourage residents to get their hearing checked at the same time.”

Visit one of over 400 Specsavers hearing centres nationwide to collect an entry leaflet. Alternatively download an entry form online at www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing or www.hearingdogs.co.uk. The closing date for entries is May 31.

For every entry to the awards, Specsavers will donate £5 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing Dogs help transform the lives of their deaf owners by alerting them to sounds that those with good hearing take for granted, allowing them greater independence, confidence and security.