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 see patients with many different types of hearing loss, and high frequency hearing loss is one of the most common types. Losing the ability to distinguish high pitched sounds is very common as we age, and when hearing loss occurs between 2000 Hertz and 8000 Hertz, this is known as high-frequency hearing loss.
High frequency hearing loss is often the first obvious symptom of hearing loss, and it is very important to seek help if you notice this. Hearing loss can deteriorate quickly if it is left untreated, and this can lead to many other conditions such as depression and dementia, so it is essential to visit an audiologist as soon as possible.
Problems With High-Frequency Hearing Loss
High frequency hearing loss makes it more difficult to understand speech, especially if there is a lot of background noise or if you are trying to hear the higher pitched voices of women or children. Sounds such as doorbells or telephones may also be more difficult to register if these are high pitched, and problems picking out certain sounds, such as S, F and H are common.
Understanding High-Frequency Hearing Loss
Our hearing organs are complex, but understanding how they work can help us to protect them and prevent against problems. Sounds are gathered by the outer ear, and funneled into the inner ear where they are processed. The tiny hair cells in the cochlea process the sounds we hear, and while low frequency sounds are processed near the top of the cochlea, high frequency sounds are processed at the base, where the hair cells are more susceptible to damage. This means that high-frequency hearing loss is much more likely to occur.
The hair cells in the cochlea that are essential to our hearing can be damaged as part of the natural ageing process, but they may also be damaged by exposure to loud noises, by diseases, and by certain medications known as ototoxic medications.
Treating High-Frequency Hearing Loss
The good news is that high frequency hearing loss can often be improved dramatically by the use of hearing aids. Certain types of hearing device, such as open fit hearing aids, and custom hearing aids with large vents, allow maximum exposure of the ear so that low- and mid-frequency sounds can still be processed normally, while amplifying high-frequency sounds.
Many hearing aids, especially new, digital options, are designed to offer several different modes to cater for different environments, and this can enable wearers to participate in normal conversations and enjoy their social lives without worrying about their hearing loss.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We have a wide variety of hearing aids, including small and highly sensitive devices that cannot be seen by other people, and you can try these when you visit your local branch.
If you are concerned about your hearing, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test with our audiologists. Hearing loss can deteriorate rapidly, so do not delay seeking help. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.