Ear today, gone tomorrow

Bionic ear Show presenter Tobin May pictured with the giant ear and Blackhall Colliery primary school pupils Andrew Ford and Courtney Hadwin during the event at Shotton Hall.
Bionic ear Show presenter Tobin May pictured with the giant ear and Blackhall Colliery primary school pupils Andrew Ford and Courtney Hadwin during the event at Shotton Hall.

CHILDREN were dwarfed by a giant ear which descended on their town as part of an interactive road show.

The 3ft ear was on show at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites, in Peterlee, as part of Deafness Research UK’s Bionic Ear Show.

The artificial ear consisted of a huge outer ear on one side and a giant brain on the other.

The aim was to show people how their ear works and include prevention and awareness of the causes of hearing loss to children and adults.

Around 130 children from schools including Acre Rigg Junior School and The Academy at Shotton Hall, both in Peterlee, Blackhall Primary and Easington Colliery Primary attended a morning session and around 80 adults went along on the afternoon.

The event was held in association with Durham Deafened Support (DDS), which is based in Lee House, in Peterlee.

DDS founder Jane Atkinson said: “All of the students were extremely enthusiastic about the presentation and they have been showing their teachers the sign language they have learned from the resources given out.

“Other teachers said how much their pupils enjoyed the show.

“They said it was informative and helped the children’s learning from science lessons on sound.”

There was also a marketplace, where various organisations gave advice and support about equipment on offer for hearing loss sufferers.