His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.
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Hearing loss is a complex and frustrating condition that manifests differently for everyone, and many people find it challenging to learn to live with. Being forced to rely on a hearing aid, and to explain the condition to your friends and loved ones can be difficult to accept, and can lead to anxiety and stress.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we often see patients who have been struggling with hearing loss for many years, not seeking help because they are worried about the stigma of wearing hearing aids. This is worrying, because untreated hearing loss can lead to further complications such as depression and dementia, so it is very important to seek help immediately if you think you may have hearing loss.
Make Living With Hearing Loss Easier
Most people who develop hearing loss go through several stages of acceptance before they are fully adjusted to life with the condition, and you may recognise the following:
1. Doubts and fears. Initially, most people with hearing loss try to convince themselves that others are speaking too fast or too quietly, or that the television or radio sounds are lower than usual. This is usually accompanied by worries about hearing loss, with many people feeling concerned that wearing hearing aids will change the way that others see them.
2. Isolation or sadness. If hearing loss is untreated, it can often lead to isolation since socialising with hearing loss is so challenging. Many people feel that they are excluded from social situations and conversations because their hearing is compromised, and withdrawing from these situations as a result is very common.
3. Seeking help. Seeking help is a very positive step in your hearing loss journey, since this will enable you to see how you can help yourself to live with the condition. Visiting an experienced audiologist will enable you to take a free hearing test and begin to explore the solutions that may make life easier for you.
4. Frustration. Living with hearing loss is not easy, and adjusting to a new hearing aid or explaining the condition to multiple friends and family members can feel frustrating. Hearing aids are complex pieces of technology and it can take a while to learn how to adjust the settings for different environments and how to get the most from your device. Once you have mastered this, however, you should be able to achieve a good level of hearing.
5. Acceptance. While hearing loss can still cause frustration at times, it is manageable using a range of lifestyle tips and some excellent technology. The options for people with hearing loss are better than ever before, and it is still possible to enjoy a full range of activities and social events when living with this condition.
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 provide free hearing tests and our experienced team of audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.