Fans of Springwatch will be upset to hear that presenter, Chris Packham is worried he is going completely deaf as a result of his Meniere's disorder. This comes after Chris recently opened up about his battle with Asperger's Syndrome after being diagnosed in his 40s.
56-year-old Chris developed Meniere's in one ear after a diving accident The disorder causes him to suffer with tinnitus and vertigo but worries this will eventually spread to his other ear, leaving him deaf.
In a video produced by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds, Chris said: “There is a danger that the Meniere’s which I suffered from in this ear could spread to the other one and I could lose my hearing in that ear as well.
“It’s something that gives me constant worry.”
Chris admits he has had to be open about the disorder in order to continue working, worried that it will be the end of his TV career. Speaking to the Mail online, the TV personality said: 'It rules me out of working in certain situations. I can wear an earpiece to listen to the studio, but if I am listening to them, I can't be engaged in a conversation with my co-presenter."
He added: “I can relate to the fact that many people who are deaf struggle with loneliness and isolation.
“It excludes you from so much that so many just take for granted.
“If you are a person with hearing loss and you’re struggling professionally, personally…I think you’ve got to communicate that."