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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Nerve deafness, or sensorineural hearing loss, is a common form of hearing loss that is caused by damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, rather than by a blockage in the conduction of sound, which is known as conductive hearing loss.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we treat individuals with all types of hearing loss, and we know that those with sensorineural hearing loss are often able to manage their hearing loss with hearing aids. We have a great range of hearing aids available to try, and most people are surprised at how discreet and sensitive these devices are!
What Causes Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused in many ways, and some level of deterioration of the delicate hair cells occurs naturally with age. However, the following are common causes of nerve damage to the hearing system:
- Loud noise exposure. Being exposed to very loud sounds can cause many problems with hearing, and those who are exposed on a regular basis, such as construction workers and those who frequently listen to loud music, are much more likely to sustain damage to their ears.
- Illnesses. There are several illnesses that can damage the hearing, including meningitis, multiple sclerosis and Meniere’s disease, although the damaging effects of such illnesses may often be reduced with increased vitamin intake during the illness.
- Prescription medications. Sensorineural hearing loss may result from the use of prescribed medications, and you should always discuss this possibility with your doctor, especially if there is any family history of this occurring. Common medications such as aspirin and some antibiotics carry this potential risk.
- Heredity. Sensorineural hearing loss may be a condition that some members of your family are more susceptible to, and a genetic predisposition may be the cause of this condition in some people.
- Accidents and injuries. Head injuries and trauma to the head or ears may lead to sensorineural hearing loss, which is not usually reversible.
Sensorineural hearing loss may be very common but it will be easier to treat if diagnosed quickly. Untreated hearing loss can lead to many other conditions, such as depression and anxiety, and seeking help quickly can help to maintain a better level of hearing in the future. You should always seek medical help as soon as possible if you notice a sudden hearing loss rather than a gradual deterioration of hearing over time.
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 sixty-five branches and clinics. We will offer you a free hearing test, and you can talk to our experienced audiologists to find out how we can help you with your hearing loss.
We have a great range of hearing aids for you to try, including invisible hearing aids that sit neatly in the ear canal and cannot be seen by others, so book your appointment today!