NHS England's National Clinical Director for Dementia Alistair Burns and I have teamed up to examine the latest research
For me, peace and quiet is just one click away - all I need to do is turn off my hearing aids, or take them out, and everything is muted. It's quite surreal, especially when I'm walking down a busy street in central London, but it's so peaceful and calming.
It's so hard for me to express this, and even though it's been nine years since I was given hearing aids, I still feel too insecure and embarrassed to admit I have a hearing loss. Plus I worry no one will understand or care, although I realise how silly I am thinking like this - no one is heartless!
Today marks a particularly sad day for those of us committed to defending the rights to equality for people with hearing loss: for the first time since 1948, hearing aids have been rationed.
I've got some good news that I really want to share with you today - the first drugs to treat hearing conditions are expected within five years according to the report published by Action on Hearing Loss. This is a big deal.
According to this week's Budget speech, satisfaction with the NHS is rising year on year. While the NHS can be incredible in a crisis - as I discovered when a close friend, in his early forties, went from complaining of headaches and dizzy spells to, 48 hours later, having lifesaving brain surgery - there are other, unsung services that are facing unprecedented cuts.
If you're starting to feel weighed down by the mid-week slump, we've got a little something to lighten your spirits. When
1) You get free tube travel If you live in a London borough, you can get a Freedom Pass, which entitles you to free bus and tube travel all around London. Cheers Boris! You won't however, be able to get a blue badge, which would be really handy for parking wherever you want. A quick check with the council will confirm "Bog off, there's nothing wrong with your legs".