Can you HEAR the fire alarm?

Last Tuesday, Fire broke out at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. It was believed to have been caused by sparks during maintenance work on the first floor, outside the building.

So what does this have to do with hearing loss? When you can’t hear well, you won’t be able to hear the sounds that can warn you of impending doom. Well should the fire break out in your office, you are fortunate to have your colleagues around to alert you.  But what if a fire breaks out in your home and you are oblivious to the sounds as you refused to get help for your hearing loss?

Based on a true story

There was an incident a couple of years ago, Mr Liew was watching TV in his living room. He did not believe in getting help for his hearing. He just accepted the fact that losing your hearing is just part and parcel of old age. Of course, he increased the TV volume to the maximum. While enjoying his usual Sunday afternoon sitcom, a fire broke out behind his house. He was very lucky that his next door neighbour was home and knew his predicament!

The neighbours around the neighbourhood were all screaming but Mr Liew was oblivious to the sounds. His next-door neighbour remembered and knew that he had hearing loss, he rushed to his house and looked around and saw him watching TV!!

Mr Liew was just shocked on how his neighbour pushed the door opened, looked around and rudely screamed FIREEEE FIREEEEE RUNNNN!!  ( It just happened so FAST!) Only then, Mr Liew jumped up and hurried along.

What if hearing loss meant your life?


Photo Credit: The Star.