Charlene searching for local hear-oes

DALLAS and 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 Arbroath.

Charlene has joined forces with Specsavers hearing centre in Arbroath 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.

Charlene (52) said: “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.

“For years it has only been my family and close friends who have known about my hearing problem and how it has affected me - but with the launch of the Sound Barrier Star Awards I want to help people in Arbroath to understand hearing loss and recognise those who have never let it hold them back.”

Kenneth Johnston, director of Specsavers Arbroath, added: “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.”

The Specsavers Sound Barrier Star awards target the one in six people in the UK who have hearing problems. Anyone can nominate themselves, a friend or family member by visiting one of over 400 Specsavers hearing centres nationwide to collect an entry leaflet. Alternatively download an entry form online at or . 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.