Beloved British TV star Bill Oddie is battling crippling hearing loss. The 72-year-old comedian and nature show expert realised he was going deaf when he discovered he was no longer able to hear birdsong, and he was later diagnosed with a serious impairment in both ears. Oddie has since been fitted with special hearing aids, and he has praised doctors for their efforts. He tells the Manchester Evening News, "They (the hearing aids) have drastically improved my quality of life. Not only have they brought back many birdsongs I thought I'd never hear again, but they have also really helped in social situations. I'm re-discovering so many sounds. To be honest I never liked the idea of wearing aids, I thought of them as old fashioned. However, they have given me back my passion in life and returned something that I thought I'd lost."