I have searched the internet and obtained the following interesting facts: There are several signs that you have hearing loss, a pertinent one being: Further facts for consideration are: Prompted by some of the ‘surprise’ results and inconsistencies we have had over the years at various band contests I wonder whether the hearing ability of our adjudicators could be to blame. Most adjudicators are fine, knowledgeable and respected people, but is their hearing as good as it was thirty years ago when they were in their prime as players and conductors? I appreciate this is a controversial matter, but should we consider imposing a retirement age for adjudicators? Or possibly suggest they undertake annual hearing tests? I look forward to your comments and suggestions.