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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Here at Hidden Hearing, we work with clients who have many different types of hearing loss, including hearing loss caused by illness or genetic factors, and hearing loss caused by exposure to loud or continuous noises. We have noticed that modern technology brings new hazards for hearing since it enables us to expose our ears to sounds at higher intensities and higher volumes than ever before.
Many people do not realise that hearing can be damaged by noises from everyday objects, such as loud appliances used on a daily basis. Protecting your ears is vital when you go to a concert or if you work in a noisy environment like a construction site, but thinking about how you can take care of your ears every day can also help to protect your hearing.
How Modern Technology Can Affect Hearing Loss
- Immersive technology. As technology develops, so does the assault on our hearing. Have you noticed the volume getting louder at the cinema or even in restaurants and shops? Films and games now offer 3D experiences, and surround sound means that we are facing louder noises on a more intense basis than ever before, which has serious implications for our hearing. Any sound that causes your ears to ring is potentially causing damage to your hearing, and you should consider ear protection or avoiding the noise altogether.
- Earbud technology. Many people, especially young people, listen to music using earbuds, usually via a smartphone or mobile device. This means that volumes are usually higher in order to drown out surrounding noise, and people tend to listen for longer. Exposing your ears to volumes of more than 60 decibels for more than an hour each day can cause permanent hearing damage, but many people listen at more than 85 dB for extended periods.
- Digital hearing aids. Of course, it’s not all bad news. The technology that brings us surround sound systems and earbuds can also be credited with the development of highly sophisticated hearing aid devices, which can offer an invisible solution to the problem of hearing loss. Hearing devices are set to become the next big thing in wearable technology, and we hope that this will be the end of the stigma that still prevents people from seeking help with their hearing loss.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to make an appointment to take a free hearing test as soon as possible. Untreated hearing loss can lead to many further problems, including dementia and depression, so early help is essential for your health as well as your peace of mind. Our expert audiologists will work with you to help you find the best hearing solution for your lifestyle.
Visit us at Hidden Hearing for a free hearing test, and explore our excellent range of discreet and effective hearing aids. We are Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.