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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If you wear a hearing aid, you’ll know that it won’t restrict you or keep you from doing the things you love. If you enjoy travelling, however, you may be able to make your life a little easier by following our travel tips for travelling with a hearing loss or hearing aids.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we stock a wide range of hearing aids so that you can find the best solution for your lifestyle. From invisible hearing aids, that are so discreet that they cannot be seen by others, to larger devices that are more practical to operate if you have reduced mobility, we will work with you to find the option that suits you best.
Tips For Travelling With Hearing Aids
- Pick your destination with care. When you’re planning a trip or holiday, think carefully about the things you enjoy doing and the things you find more difficult. If you live with hearing loss, you may feel that a noisy place, such as a city with a lot of traffic that continues throughout the night, would be a stressful place to visit.
- Plan ahead. Preparing yourself ahead of time can make life much easier when you’re travelling with hearing aids. Consider talking to your accommodation and transport providers ahead of time to find out whether you will find hearing aid compatible devices, hearing loop technology and accessible entertainment.
- Make use of your mobile phone. If you have a smartphone, you will be able to access apps and information that can make travelling much more straightforward. You may be able to sign up for clear notifications of delays or cancellations, and this should be a lot easier than having to make phone calls to find out everything you need to know.
- Pack spares. Don’t forget to pack all the kit you will need to ensure that your hearing aid works well throughout your trip. Remembering to clean your device thoroughly will prevent damage due to a build up of moisture and debris, and packing a dehumidifier and storage case will allow you to dry your hearing aid and store it safely when not in use.
- Ask for help. Don’t struggle alone when you are surrounded by people who can help you to have a more pleasant journey. Staff at transport hubs and in hotels will usually be very happy to assist you in finding information or using services designed for those with hearing loss, and if you inform security staff at the airport that you are wearing hearing aids, you will not need to remove these during security checks.
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Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over seventy-five branches and clinics.
If you are concerned about hearing loss, we advise that you book a free hearing test as soon as possible. Our friendly team of professionals will be on hand to help you through the process, and we have a wide range of hearing aids for you to try.
Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.