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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Hearing loss is very common, and many people develop it as they age, but most are unaware that they could have been taking many simple steps to preserve their hearing throughout their lives.
Hearing changes throughout our lives, and many factors can influence our hearing health, including exposure to loud noises, genetics and lifestyle factors. However, many people do not know how to protect their hearing, and being more aware of the following healthy hearing facts could help more people to maintain their hearing into old age.
5 Healthy Hearing Facts You Should Know
- Diet matters!
We all know that healthy eating is very important to keep our bodies healthy as we age, but many people do not realise that their diet also plays a central role in maintaining their hearing. Foods that are high in starches and sugars have been linked with hearing loss, and this may be connected with the higher risk of developing diabetes, which is also linked to hearing loss. There are many essential vitamins that boost immunity and help to keep the cells in the hearing organs healthy, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables will enable you to make the most of these.
- Heart health connects with hearing health
Most of us are aware that we can keep our hearts healthy by lowering stress and giving up smoking, but did you know that these are also key risk factors for hearing loss? Research has shown that cardiovascular problems often lead to reduced blood flow in the ears, and this can compromise hearing as we age.
- Some medications can cause hearing loss
Certain medications, known as ototoxic medications, can actually cause hearing loss as a side effect. This is more likely if you have a family history of hearing loss, and you should always discuss an alternative medication with your doctor if this applies to you.
- Childhood illnesses can increase the risk of developing hearing loss
Some childhood illnesses, including ear infections, scarlet fever and tonsillitis, may increase the risk of developing hearing loss in later life. Vitamins that support the immune system, such as vitamins C and E, can help to fight infections such as these and enable the body to maintain good hearing into old age.
- Hearing loss may be linked to ethnicity
Initial research in the United States suggests that hearing loss may be more common among Caucasian and Latino populations than African Americans. This research also examines the effects of income, health and other factors on hearing loss, and is likely to be investigated more extensively in the future.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think you may have hearing loss, it is important to book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist as soon as possible. We have a great range of hearing aids for you to try, including digital devices that are discreet, highly sensitive and very effective. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.