Hi. I am an older rider trying to improve basic riding skills learnt many years ago. I join a group lesson with 1 or 2 other (much younger) riders every 2 weeks. When I started almost a year ago I told the instructor I couldn't hear perfectly even with hearing aids. On a windy day my hearing is much worse. She often gives instructions when I am at the far end of the school so I don't hear her. I also have trouble hearing when she is speaking away from me e.g when she is explaining a route around jumps or cones. I think it is frustrating for both of us. I often feel embarrassed in front of the other riders when she has to repeat her instructions because it makes me appear stupid. I am beginning to think about not having lessons anymore or maybe have a private lesson which is much more expensive. I am not sure whether the instructor should make more effort to allow for my poor hearing or if I am responsible for dealing with the problem. Do other older members have the same dilemma? Does the training of instructors include "disability" training? Thanks in advance for members' views.