"At 51, I heard birdsong for the first time"
And this is Richard now in his gallery in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
When a friend suggested he go for cochlear implant tests, he thought he was probably too old at 51 and that it was unlikely to work for him.
But he was wrong. I spoke to Richard six weeks after he'd had the implant 'switched on' and he can barely believe everything he's hearing. He's also astounded at what a noisy world we live in.
Richard was taught to lip read and speak orally as a child. His speech is clear and we had no trouble communicating, but Richard and I decided to use an actor alongside his voice where we felt it would be easier to follow on radio.
Richard would also like to thank the staff at The South of England Cochlear Implant Centre at Southampton University.