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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The answer to hearing loss isn’t always a hearing aid. In fact, it can sometimes be a lot simpler than that. A hearing test will determine the cause of your hearing problems, and how severe they are. If it’s determined you have sensorineural hearing loss, this is due to small hair-like cells in your inner ear becoming damaged. This is irreversible, and a hearing aid is the only option to help you with your hearing.
However, if it’s determined you gave conductive hearing loss, then it’s possible for your hearing to be completely resolved. Conductive hearing loss is caused by sounds being blocked from passing into your inner ear, and the blockage is usually in the form of excessive ear wax.
So how can this problem be resolved?
Ear irrigation is a simple process, in which warm water is inserted into the ear canal, in an effort to flush out the offending ear wax. This is a procedure where water at body temperature is injected into the ear by the irrigator, which controls the water pressure, to ensure that the ear can’t be damaged. Under the gentle force of the water, the earwax is softened, dislodged and the wax is carried out of the ear.
As well as being fully qualified, our Audiologists receive additional specialist training in both Ear Irrigation and ‘Dry Mopping’ (keeping the discharging ear dry) from Aston University Birmingham.
Check our earwax removal schedule and see when we will be at a Hidden Hearing branch near you. This is a FREE service for anyone over the age of 55 (for those under 55, the charge is €50). An appointment is necessary.