Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss

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Dolores Madden

Dolores Madden

Marketing Director at Hidden Hearing
Dolores Madden is Marketing Director for Hidden Hearing Ireland.

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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Pete Townshend suffers from tinnitus

The wages we pay to rock and roll aren’t always of the sinful and hungover variety. Some of us pay, dearly, with our hearing, one of the best gifts that God has given humanity. Today is Pete Townshend’s 66th birthday, and The Who guitarist is just one of countless rockers living with tinnitus, a particularly annoying form of hearing loss characterized by a constant ringing or buzzing in one or both ears. ​It’s not surprising that Townshend is almost deaf, considering the volume and intensity of his band throughout their career. From the beginning in dingy British rock clubs to massive outdoor concerts, he’s been playing to 11, maybe even 21, through his amps.

And earplugs aren’t very sexy or rock and roll, so we doubt he was using any preventive steps to save his hearing beyond drugs or booze to drown out the ringing.

Don’t forget us in the peanut gallery in the seats and pits who deal with high decibels from small venues to arenas almost nightly. Sadly, we rarely wear hearing protection ourselves doing our Rocks Off duties, but we know that one day we will regret it when we can’t hear the smoke detector, or be able to carry on our adopted father’s oil business. Here are some rockers with acute hearing loss, from metalmen and punks like Ozzy Osbourne and Husker Du’s Bob Mould to soft-rockers like Sting and Phil Collins.


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Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss
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Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss
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Here are some rockers with acute hearing loss, from metalmen and punks like Ozzy Osbourne and Husker Du's Bob Mould to soft-rockers like Sting and Phil Collins.
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Dolores Madden

About Dolores Madden

Dolores Madden is Marketing Director for Hidden Hearing Ireland. 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. Find Out More About Dolores

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