Sir David Attenborough the nation’s favourite voice – Hearing Awareness Month

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National treasure Sir David Attenborough has the nation’s favourite voice, it has emerged.

The much-loved 92-year-old broadcaster beat Hollywood great Morgan Freeman to claim the top spot.

In third place was actor and author Stephen Fry, followed by Dame Judi Dench and former 007 Sir Sean Connery.

Top fifty favourite voices

Other famous names to make the top 50 include ex U.S President Barack Obama, movie legend Samuel L. Jackson and the Queen.

A spokesman for Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, which carried out the study, said:

“We recognise how different voices sound and have our own personal favourites, from the inspirational and most trustworthy to those that sooth and move us emotionally.

“The power of the spoken word can’t be underestimated, communication is an essential part of our mental wellbeing, which is why it’s so important that we take care of our hearing throughout our lives.”

Despite Dame Judi’s high ranking, the top 20 favourite voices are dominated by men and home grown talent, with Freeman, Obama and Samuel L. Jackson the only Americans to feature.

Idris Elba, heavily tipped to become the next James Bond, made it to number 11 in the list with Welsh crooner Tom Jones close behind.

The top preference for women’s voices is soft, upbeat and husky, which fits with the few that made the top 20, including Joanna Lumley OBE, the Queen and Dame Helen Mirren.

For men, the top preferences are deep, slow and soft.

U.S President Donald Trump topped the poll of most annoying voices, closely followed by Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemmon.

Most people (72 per cent) cringe when they hear recordings of their own voice and more than half of those polled had judged people solely on their voice.

A quarter of us struggle to hear what people are saying

Most worryingly, a quarter admitted they struggle to hear what people say to them when talking face to face.

And over half of those polled had never had their hearing checked.

The Scrivens spokesperson added:

“It’s hard to admit that we can’t always hear but it’s more common than we think with over 10 million adults in the UK suffering from some degree of hearing loss.

That’s why regular hearing checks are so important, and help is available on every high street.”


Comprehensive hearing tests and NHS hearing aids are free of charge.


  1.  Sir David Attenborough
  2. Morgan Freeman
  3. Stephen Fry
  4. Dame Judi Dench DBE
  5. Sir Sean Connery
  6. Brian Blessed OBE
  7. Joanna Lumley OBE
  8. Barack Obama
  9. David Tennant
  10. Sir Billy Connolly CBE
  11. Idris Elba
  12. Sir Tom Jones OBE
  13. The Queen
  14. Dame Helen Mirren DBE
  15. Liam Neeson OBE
  16. Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE
  17. Samuel L Jackson
  18. Hugh Grant
  19. Dame Julie Andrews DBE
  20. Sir Ian McKellen CBE
  21. Benedict Cumberbatch CBE
  22. Tom Hanks
  23. Nigella Lawson
  24. Ewan McGregor OBE
  25. Holly Willoughby
  26. James Earl Jones
  27. Dame Maggie Smith DBE
  28. Moira Stewart OBE
  29. Alexander Armstrong
  30. Robert De Niro
  31. Tom Baker
  32. Hugh Jackman
  33. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  34. Tom Hiddleston
  35. Dawn French
  36. Harrison Ford
  37. Gareth Southgate
  38. Mary Berry CBE
  39. Jim Broadbent
  40. Jeremy Irons
  41. Mariella Frostrup
  42. Lorraine Kelly OBE
  43. Cerys Matthews
  44. Meryl Streep
  45. Kelsey Grammer
  46. Al Pacino
  47. Christopher Walken
  48. Cheryl Cole
  49. Jennifer Lawrence
  50. Susanna Reid

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We need to do more to take care of our heating. This infograph by Scrivens details the statistics associated with hearing. You can test your hearing online here

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Hearing loss can lead to loneliness

I just want to add that hearing loss can affect how we interact with others and exasperate feelings of social isolation and loneliness. My grandmother suffered from hearing loss and felt people were rude to her because she could not hear them during conversations. This led her to retreating into her home conversing only with family.

Her isolation inevitably led to dementia so our hearing is vitally important to our well being.

Hearing Awareness Month – The Listen In Awards

November is Hearing Awareness Month so Scrivens have launched The ‘Listen In’ Awards to celebrate and promote those that really listen, care and take the time, unsung heros in our community.

To nominate someone who you think should be recognised in your community for our ‘Listen In’ awards, you can fill out a form in branch or use our online form. We will be taking nominations from 29th October – 29th December 2018 and announcing a winner in January 2019. Show your appreciation for someone that cares!

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