Bella continues to try to fight her deafness - and herself - as loneliness and isolation threaten to overwhelm her. How can she engage with the world now that she cannot hear?
In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf at the age of 28. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. She wasn't just missing punchlines, she was missing most of the conversation - and all of the jokes. For the next twelve years deafness shaped her life.
Sound draws on this experience, exploring the practical and emotional impact of losing your hearing, and what it teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise.
Today, Bella continues to try to fight her deafness - and herself. Her loneliness and isolation is typical of people who have lost their hearing, she finds. Depression and social anxiety are very common.
Read by Adjoa Andoh
Abridged by Jo Coombs
Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.