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 very common, and is often related to ageing. However, this doesn’t mean that we just have to accept it as a natural part of growing older: there are many things we can do to help prevent hearing loss and keep our ears in great condition as we age.
Eating a good diet, staying physically fit and avoiding exposure to loud noises can all help to keep our hearing functioning well and to prevent hearing loss. The way we choose to spend our leisure time can also play a part, and it’s a good idea to consider how your hobbies can help to keep your hearing healthy.
Five Hobbies That Keep Your Hearing Healthy:
1. Exercise! Exercising is vital to keep you feeling younger and to help keep your ears healthy. Walking and swimming are particularly good for all round fitness, and joining a group can add a social element to your workout, which is proven to stimulate brain function.
2. Theatre. The social benefits of getting involved in theatre are great, but the physical effects of learning lines, songs and dances can also help to stimulate your brain and improve cognition.
3. Getting arty. People who continue to create art into old age have been proven to have a head start with brain health, boosting cognitive activity with painting, sculpting or crafting. Keeping your brain active with these types of activities can help to keep your auditory processing system stimulated, so it’s a great way to keep busy and protect your hearing, too.
4. Meditation. Meditation is considered to be one of the very best methods of preserving brain function, with studies demonstrating that it can actually increase brain cell volume! It’s also the perfect activity to calm and restore your hearing organs after busy or noisy activities.
5. Reading. Experts suggest that reading may be useful in keeping brain circuits active and increasing thinking, learning and memory capabilities. Reading in a calm, quiet atmosphere is also a good way to relax and to allow your ears to recover after spending time in noisier environments.
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If you are worried about your hearing, contact us to book a free hearing test with the experts at Hidden Hearing and explore the solutions available. Our audiologists will be happy to show you our great range of digital hearing aids, which could help you to hear clearly again.
Hearing aid technology makes our digital hearing aids tiny, discreet and more effective than ever before. Don’t put off seeking help for a hearing problem, as hearing aids will be more effective the sooner you begin to use them. Contact Hidden Hearing online, or pop into your local branch to make an appointment today.