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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Did you know that migraines can be linked to hearing loss? Migraines are a form of headache that is characterised by light and sound sensitivity, nausea or vomiting, vision changes, and throbbing or pulsating pain. Migraines can last a few hours to several days, and those who suffer with them are now known to have biochemical differences in their brain compared with those who do not.
Recent research has revealed for the first time that those who suffer from migraines also have an increased risk of developing hearing loss than those who not, and that they are twice as likely to experience sudden sensorineural hearing loss, known as SSHL. These are significant and worrying findings for those who live with migraine headaches, and it will be important to consider them when discussing your migraines and care plan with health professionals.
Why Do Migraines Affect Hearing Loss?
Biochemical differences in the brains of people who suffer migraine headaches have been identified by scientists, who have found abnormalities in the way the cochlea and auditory pathways function. Research is ongoing, but evidence appears to suggest that blood supply to the auditory system is compromised due to migraine attacks, which can lead to damage or loss of the hair cells in the ear canal that are vital to the hearing process.
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a rare condition in which hearing loss in one or both ears is sudden and cannot be explained by other factors. This usually occurs immediately or over a period of several days. It is essential to seek medical help as soon as possible if you experience SSHL, which is considered a medical emergency.
Protect Your Hearing If You Suffer With Migraines
- Living with migraines can be very unpleasant, and the added concern about your hearing may be worrying. Talk to your care team about this and ensure that you keep a diary of the symptoms you experience when your migraine attacks occur.
- Many people report great improvement in frequency or severity of migraine attacks following alternative therapies such as osteopathic treatment or McTimoney chiropractics, and this may help to reduce the problems associated with the migraines, as well as the pain and disruption cause by the headaches themselves.
- Ensure that you have your ears tested regularly, at least once a year if you experience migraines, and talk to your audiologist about your migraines so that your hearing can be regularly monitored and promptly treated if necessary. Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss can lead to serious conditions such as depression and dementia, and to further deterioration of hearing.
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