A former soldier who lost his hearing 15 years ago has suddenly regained it on a ski lift in the Italian Dolomites. Derek Glover, 72, from Bourne, Lincolnshire, was 7,000ft up on holiday with his daughter when he heard a loud pop and his hearing returned. Mr Glover’s hearing was first damaged while on National Service 50 years ago and gradually worsened until he had to have a hearing aid fitted 15 years ago.
Doctors have so far been unable to explain what happened.
‘Believe in miracles’
Mr Glover said: “I’d been skiing all morning and we’d decided we’d had enough so we were coming down in the cable car with my daughter and son-in-law.
“All of a sudden my ears went pop and their voices were dead clear, it was unbelievable.
“The doctors can’t explain anything and he’s starting to believe in miracles I think.”
Mr Glover put his poor hearing down to firing rounds on the army shooting range when he was a soldier on National Service.
But he added that the army had also taught him to ski which was a very fortunate thing.
David Reid, of Deafness Research UK, said: “Regaining your hearing because of a change in altitude is very unusual – and the NHS aren’t going to be prescribing holidays to the Alps anytime soon!”
By BBC News