Forced to wear headphones after neighbours complained

noisepollution460A 74-year-old widow claims council killjoys have threatened her with eviction – after turning up the volume on her favourite TV programmes when her hearing aid broke.

Annie Hancock, from Aston, Birmingham, was left horrified when council noise officers told her they’d received complaints she had been watching her favourite programme – TV comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys – too loudly.

And now Mrs Hancock’s family says she has been told to wear headphones whenever she settles down in front of the telly – or face losing her home.

The widow’s family claims that Birmingham City Council’s anti-social team first searched her house for an Xbox – after accusing her of playing video games at top volume.

But after discovering the grandmother had been watching the TV with the volume turned up, council workers allegedly told her they would be installing noise monitors in her home – and if she was watching TV too loudly, faced eviction.

Her furious family said she has been left too scared to even laugh loudly in her home.

Granddaughter Suzi Lloyd said: ‘It is just ridiculous. My nan is petrified she’s going to lose her home.

‘We spent £35 on headphones after being advised to take the step by the council’s anti-social team.’

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit

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