EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell is currently at the centre of a new storyline on the BBC soap, with the character becoming deaf.
The character, played by actor Max Bowden, faced life-changing news a month ago after he was injured in the tragic boat crash.
Ben was having difficulty hearing, and a visit to the hospital saw him be told he had suffered almost complete hearing loss.
Callum Highway’s boyfriend did have some existing hearing loss after suffering from meningitis as a child.
But how did Ben become deaf in recent scenes and is the hearing loss permanent?
The character was one of several Walford residents on the party boat when it crashed on the River Thames in February.
His dad Phil Mitchell and enemy Keanu Taylor caused the crash when they were fighting on the boat.
They’d accidentally knocked the captain over with him hitting his head, leaving the helm unmanned and sending the boat into the dock.
In the seconds after the crash, Ben demanded Keanu tell him where boyfriend Callum was after he kidnapped him.
But events soon got out of hand with Ben grabbing Keanu while holding a gun.
A punch-up ensued, leading to both men flying overboard and into the freezing waters below.
As Ben made it to the surface he smashed his head against the side of the boat and sustained an injury.
It was immediately apparent that something wasn't right with Ben as he appeared distant and confused, with a high-pitched noise ringing in his head.
In the next episodes that followed, the noise changed to a distortion to give viewers an idea of what Ben was going through and what he could hear.
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After confiding in pal Jay Brown that he’d lost his hearing in the crash and not regained it, he revealed he could hear some sounds - while he was clearly suffering with pain when anyone around him began screaming or shouting.
Ben was encouraged to see a doctor where he underwent a hearing test to find out exactly how much he could hear, and determine how severe the hearing loss was.
From the tests, Ben was told his already damaged ear had deteriorated, while he’d also suffered major hearing loss in his good ear.
The character is yet to find out if the damage is permanent, with him told he needs an operation or he will unlikely be able to hear again.
But the surgery carries its own risk, and if it doesn't work he might still not be able to hear ever again.
Ben has finally told his dad Phil the truth despite fearing he wouldn't be there for him, with Phil ready to support his son through his turmoil.