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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You can still avail of assistance for funding the purchase of your hearing aid!
If you think you might have hearing loss and could benefit from a free hearing test with Hidden Hearing. You may be glad to know that at present there is a Government grant worth up to €1,000 that is available to most working and retired people who are hard of hearing.
The Department of Social Protection offers a Hearing Aid grant of up to €500 for one Hearing Aid or €1,000 for a pair of Hearing Aids. Hearing aids can be claimed once every 4 years. To check if your eligible for the grant please check the department of social protections website.We can also assist you within our branches with your application process.
The Department of Social Protection announced May 2017 that the Government Grants for the Medical Appliance benefit now apply to the self employed so ACT NOW before other potential changes come into place and take advantage of the Governments PRSI scheme before it’s too late.
Worth as much as €1,000 - Hearing loss is experienced by many people and some do not realise where to turn for help and advice, Hidden Hearing can explain what to do and what help is available.
Expert Advice - The 1st step is to find out how the system works and how it could help you, or someone close to you. Hidden Hearing have been helping people enjoy improved hearing for over 25 years and are acknowledged specialists.
Act now! Don’t Delay - Act now before more potential changes are made to the governments PRSI scheme. Most recently, the government have made the medical appliance benefit available to the self employed.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss may be caused by:
- Exposure to loud noises. Noise induced hearing loss is particularly common amongst people who work in loud environments on a daily basis. Long-term exposure to loud noises in workplaces such as factories and construction sites is a major cause of hearing loss, but one off exposures to very loud noises such as music concerts and machinery can also cause permanent damage to hearing.
- Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s disease is a condition that can affect hearing and balance, although severity can vary between individuals. Problem arise as fluid builds up in the cochlea, causing tinnitus, dizziness and sensitivity to loud noises.
- Medications. Many prescription medicines can cause complications for the hearing organs, including aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. These problems are more likely to affect people with a family history of hearing loss, and you should always advise your doctor if this has been a problem in your family.
- Head injuries. Physical damage to the head, which often results from trauma injuries, can lead to permanent damage to the hearing. The middle ear is delicate, and is subject to damage from injury or eardrum perforation, and damage to the temporal lobe may also cause significant problems. If you are keen on risky or extreme sports, such as rugby, horse riding or skiing, it is important to wear protective headgear to minimize your risk of injury.
- Tumours. A tumour in the hearing organ can cause damage to this delicate area, and often results in symptoms such as ringing in the ears. Surgery may be an option in this circumstance, and this may resolve the hearing loss. Abnormal bony growths on the middle ear bones, known as otosclerosis, can also cause hearing loss and is also a problem that is treatable with surgery.
- Presbycusis. This is the term given to age-related hearing loss, which results from the loss of hair cells in the ears. Hearing aids can help to overcome this problem, but it is important to seek help as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration.