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John Craven, 81, feared for future on Countryfile after suffering from hearing issues: ‘I forced myself to face the fact’

John’s presented Countryfile for over 30 years (Picture: BBC Studios/Pete Dadds)

John Craven has revealed he was anxious about his future on Countryfile after his hearing deteriorated.

The 81-year-old has been at the centre of Countryfile since 1989, but in recent years has been plagued with hearing issues.

‘Once, I was travelling in a rather loud vehicle with a well-known TV personality and one of my daughters,’ he recalled. ‘I was in the front and found it difficult to follow their conversation.

‘Afterwards, my daughter said: “Dad, he invited you on to his show and you didn’t reply.”

‘I managed to sort out that unintentional rudeness, but such incidents were happening far too regularly.’

John revealed it got so bad he was concerned about being able to continue presenting.

John feared hearing issues would affect his Countryfile job (Picture: BBC Studios/Pete Dadds)

‘Outdoors, familiar sounds of nature were becoming muted – would that eventually affect my work on programmes like Countryfile?’ he said in a piece written for Daily Mirror.

‘I forced myself to face the fact that, like one in every six people in the UK, I was suffering from hearing loss.

‘That is around 11 million, with two-thirds of us over the age of 60.’

Thankfully, John turned to hearing aids which ‘changed his life’.

‘As soon as the aids were fitted (a bit of manoeuvring at first but it soon became second nature) the difference was astounding. I was back in the world of full-blown sound.’

And John’s continued to delight Countryfile fans ever since, even stripping off to give viewers an insight into his bath time.

Countryfile airs Sundays on BBC One.

Credit: Original article published here.

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