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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When it comes to hearing loss, we are lucky to be living in an age of such technological advancement that hearing aids can be more sophisticated than smartphones! Many people do not realize, however, that there are several smartphone apps that can help if you are hard of hearing or deaf.
Here at Hidden Hearing, our priority is to help you to find the best hearing solution for your lifestyle. The apps mentioned below are not a substitute for a hearing aid, but may be very useful in several areas of your life. There are many, many more available, and new options appear everyday, so let us know if you have a favourite that isn’t on our list!
Smartphone Apps To Help With Your Hearing Loss
• Hidden Hearing Tinnitus App – Our App contains information about types and causes of hearing loss and tinnitus. The app has a soothing sounds feature which has been specially designed to help you relax. These sounds help reduce the perceived “loudness” of tinnitus making tinnitus symptoms less annoying and more manageable. The soothing sounds act as a masking remedy to treat tinnitus symptoms, such as annoying ear ringing to provide you with much needed relief from ear noise and ringing experienced as a symptom of tinnitus.
• UHear. Taking you right back to basics, the UHear app offers a screening test which can indicate whether your hearing is within normal range or if you may have a hearing loss. It’s easy to use and free from the app store, so you can check your own hearing before you make an appointment with an audiologist if you have concerns.
• BioAid. This is a super app that allows you to use your phone as a hearing aid by processing sounds picked up by the microphone and sending these to you via your headphones. This can be a great way to experience how a hearing aid could benefit you in many situations.
• MobileSign. MobileSign offers an accessible way to learn BSL using a library of more than 4000 signs for you to search through. If you have a hearing loss and use sign language, or live or work with someone who does, this could be an extremely useful tool.
• RogerVoice. Here’s an app we haven’t tried but have heard great things about. It’s the world’s first subtitling phone app, and enables conversations to be translated into instant text via voice recognition software.
• Braci. This clever app identifies sounds around you, such as doorbells, fire alarms and even crying babies, and creates visual and sensory alarms to help alert you to these.
• Vox Sciences. Here’s another helpful app that may be especially useful if you’re adjusting to life with a hearing loss. Vox Sciences can transcribe your voicemail messages into text messages, sending them to your smartphone as SMS text messages or emails.
Try Digital Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing
If you think you may have a hearing loss, it’s important to take a free hearing test as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your hearing. 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.
You can book a free hearing test to find out the extent of your hearing loss, and talk to our audiologists about the latest digital hearing aids that may be available to you. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.