Clare Balding opened up on health difficulties: ‘I’ve lost 90% of my hearing’

Posted: 5th November 2021

CLARE BALDING spoke about her hearing difficulties as she admitted she often has to guess what people say.

Clare Balding will appear on Celebrity Catchphrase this week, competing against Ade Adepitan and Robert Webb on the show hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Clare currently hosts her own sports chat show called The Clare Balding Show, which airs on BT Sport and BBC Two. She has also been a key figure of the BBC’s sports coverage for years, hosting big events such as Wimbledon and the Olympics. In October 2020, the sports presenter revealed she has lost much of her hearing, saying she only has “about 10 percent” of it remaining.

Clare opened up about her hearing loss during an episode of the Dave panel show, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable.

She said: “I really need to get my ears done. I’m at about ten percent and I guess the rest. My wife keeps saying to me, ‘Stop shouting!’ because I’m clearly over-projecting because I can’t hear myself.”

In response to Clare’s comment, 52-year-old host Mel added: “I hear about 60 percent.”

Clare also revealed last year that her father never believed she would make it to the top in sports media.


She told the Paul McKenna podcast that her father had doubts she would succeed in the industry because she is a woman.

She said: “I was very angry at my parents for their lack of acknowledgements for women’s achievements and that made me really determined to do the things that maybe they thought women couldn’t do.

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“I remember when I first presented Grandstand on the BBC my father being absolutely flabbergasted. He didn’t realise that was something any woman could do let alone me.”

She continued: “I remember the very first award I ever won was the RTS award for a sports presenter. I went to the dinner and was nominated but thought ‘I’ve got no chance [of winning]’.

“I told dad that I was up against Steve Rider, who is the loveliest man, and another very famous man. It wouldn’t have been Jeff Stelling… but someone of that stature.

Source: THe Express, November 2021

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