Dolores has been a leading figure in the hearing healthcare sector for the past 27 years, having first qualified as an accountant technician (MIATI) and then studying audiology and qualifying as an Audiologist (ISHAA, MSHAA) in 2002.
She has worked across all aspects of the business within Hidden Hearing, serving as Operations Manager for 4 years. For six years she was Branch Manager/Senior Audiologist for the Cork Branch, and Team Leader for six audiologists in the Southern Region.
A leading media commentator on hearing loss issues, Dolores Madden planned and implemented Hearing Awareness Week. Running since 2007, this annual event has significantly raised the issue of hearing loss on Ireland’s health agenda.
She also launched the Hidden Hearing Heroes awards scheme in 2011, a CSR initiative to recognise unsung heroes in communities across Ireland.
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Did you know that cooking with hearing loss can be challenging? Many people do not associate cooking with sounds, but noises such as sizzling onions, boiling water and the beep of the timer are all sounds that make cooking an easier process.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we believe that our clients deserve every opportunity to lead fulfilling lives regardless of the extent of their hearing loss, and we aim to help wherever we can with information and advice about life with a hearing impairment. Here are our top tips on cooking with hearing loss: please let us know if you find them helpful!
Make Cooking With Hearing Loss Easier
- Use tools to help you. An oven timer traditionally alerts us by emitting a sound, but this is not helpful to chefs with hearing loss. Many timers are available to make it easier to keep an eye on the time, so you can choose whether you prefer light up or vibrating timers, and make use of these while you are cooking.
- Plan ahead. Whether you are hard of hearing or not, it helps to plan ahead when you are cooking. However, when you have hearing loss it can be even more helpful to have a plan so that you can focus on this rather than on the people or activity around you.
- Explain to guests. People like to help where they can, and guests will often offer to give you a hand while you are cooking. It can help to explain that you are living with hearing loss so that they understand that communication may be more difficult for you, and it is useful to factor in extra time to talk when you are planning. It is also fine to explain that you do not need any help and find it easier to concentrate on cooking alone, if this is your preference!
- Look for visual clues. People who cook a lot; often do not realise that they are relying on their hearing for information such as when a cooking temperature needs adjusting, or how long to sauté food for. There are visual signs for all of these processes, and it is just a matter of adjusting to using these, so give yourself extra time and kindness as you get used to a new way of cooking for yourself and your family.
- Enjoy it. Cooking is great fun, and you do not need good hearing to enjoy excellent food! Experiment with different flavours and styles of cooking and you may find that inviting friends over for dinner is an ideal way to socialise in an environment that suits you and your hearing impairment.
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Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. You can book a free hearing test today, or talk to us for tips on making it easier to live with hearing loss.