EastEnders are set to introduce the first deaf character to help Ben Mitchell cope with his hearing loss in the wake of the explosive boat crash episodes in the BBC soap. It's one they've wanted to do for a long time.

EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell is currently at the centre of a new storyline on the BBC soap, with the character becoming deaf. EastEnders confirms a big Ben Mitchell storyline, focusing on his hearing loss and introducing a new deaf character. One of the consequences of the disastrous party was that Ben was left deaf.

When the show celebrated its 35th anniversary it did so with a series of episodes centering on a boat party which turned tragic. Search Last night, The Sun's Bizarre column revealed that … EASTENDERS’ first mainstream deaf character is joining the cast to help Ben Mitchell come to terms with losing his hearing. EastEnders has confirmed the start of a "major" new storyline that will see Ben Mitchell confirmed to be deaf, after the recent boat crash. Ben Mitchell survived the dramatic boat crash of last week, but the Eastenders character is now scarred for life and may be deaf. Advertisement Being deaf myself, and a fan of the show from an early age, I’ve always looked out for Ben Mitchell’s character because he was the one who wore hearing aids! Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has been struggling in EastEnders in recent weeks, after the boat party disaster which dominated the soap’s 35th anniversary week left him deaf. EastEnders spoilers reveal that Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) has been challenged by a sudden experience with deafness.

Ben Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, who has been played by six different actors since his on-screen birth on 21 March 1996.Matthew Silver appeared as an infant Ben between 1996 and 1998, and Morgan Whittle played him as a toddler between 1999 and 2001. Viewers have seen him struggling to make sense of what people have been saying to him – hearing the dialogue from his point EASTENDERS Ben Mitchell's loss of hearing after the boat disaster will be shown by the soap's sound cutting out. I've always looked out for Ben Mitchell's character because he was the one who wore hearing aids! EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell is currently at the centre of a new storyline on the BBC soap, with the character becoming deaf. EastEnders Ben Mitchell left deaf in boat crash sparking new storyline Sophie McCoid.