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 a common condition, and many people develop age-related hearing loss or have problems with their hearing due to accidents or injuries. For many, the stigma of wearing hearing aids can be off-putting, and the result of this is that many people ignore their hearing loss and do not seek the treatment they need.
Hearing aid technology has progressed rapidly in recent years, and modern hearing aids are discreet and highly sensitive. This often means that no-one is aware that an individual is wearing a hearing aid unless they are told, and this is often the case with celebrities and those in the limelight.
Do You Know Which Celebrities Live With Hearing Loss And Tinnitus?
• Halle Berry. After losing 80% of the hearing in one ear due to domestic violence, Halle Berry became a hugely successful Hollywood name. She is a great advocate, raising awareness of both hearing loss and domestic violence, and her reduced hearing has certainly not impacted upon her achievements!
• Jane Lynch. Known to most of us as the high school principal in Glee, Jane Lynch also starred in The 40 Year Old Virgin and Best in Show. She was seven years old when she was diagnosed with nerve deafness in one ear, and she has always been determined not to be held back by her hearing loss.
• Phyllis Frelich. Born into a family with two deaf parents, the oldest of nine deaf children, Phyllis Frelich was never limited by being unable to hear. She gained a degree from Gallaudet University and went on to become a successful Broadway actress, also acting in CSI before her death in 2014.
• Barbra Streisand. Having lived with tinnitus since the age of nine, Barbra Streisand nevertheless built a very successful career in the music industry. She describes hearing a constant noise in her ears and attempting to block it out with scarves as a child before she was diagnosed.
• Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi Goldberg is typically very open about the fact that she wears hearing aids due to severe deterioration of her hearing. She cites her years spent listening to loud music as the likely cause of her hearing loss and warns against devices with earphones that may cause hearing loss if overused at high volumes.
Find Solutions for Hearing Loss at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our team of professionals will be delighted to help you to find an answer to your hearing problems. Whether you’re concerned about hearing loss or tinnitus, or just want to get your ears checked out, we’re on hand to help.
Our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics, and you can have a free hearing test and discuss any problems you are experiencing with our audiologists to find a solution that suits you. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.