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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Tinnitus can be a frustrating condition to live with, but did you know that it could be a symptom of hearing loss or an inner ear disorder?
Tinnitus is usually described as a sound inside the head, which may sound like buzzing, humming, swishing or ringing, and it can range from being a mild annoyance to a debilitating condition. Sometimes it can be resolved using sound therapy or hearing aids, but there is usually no cure for tinnitus.
Most tinnitus is caused by nerve deafness, or sensorineural hearing loss, but it can also result from exposure to loud noises or some medications. On rare occasions, a buildup of ear wax may lead to tinnitus, and if this is the case, it can be easily resolved with an earwax removal procedure. However, on occasion, tinnitus can present as a symptom of another condition, including inner ear disorders such as Meniere’s disease.
When Tinnitus Can Be A Concern:
If you are experiencing tinnitus, it’s important to visit your audiologist or doctor as soon as possible to rule out underlying causes. If you have experienced tinnitus before but it has suddenly changed, this is another reason to seek help. Here at Hidden Hearing, we know how frustrating tinnitus can be, and we can work with you to decrease your symptoms and help you to manage the condition more easily.
It’s important to see your audiologist or doctor straight away if you experience:
- Tinnitus that suddenly begins in one or both ears
- Tinnitus in one ear, especially if it is loud or has changed recently
- A sound that has a regular rhythm, known as pulsatile tinnitus
- Tinnitus that changes with your hearing or balance, which may be associated with vertigo
- A change in how you experience tinnitus after a change in medication.
If you experience tinnitus, or you have a family history of the condition, you should always advise your doctor of this when he or she is prescribing medications. Some prescription medicines have a higher risk of causing tinnitus in patients, and if your doctor is aware that you may have a higher likelihood of developing the condition, he or she will consider alternative options for you.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you are experiencing tinnitus, or any type of hearing loss, the first step is to book a free hearing test and talk to one of our experienced audiologists. Our friendly team will help you through the process, and we will ensure that we find the very best solution for you.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We have a great range of hearing aids available, including the newest digital hearing aids that are highly sensitive and very discreet.
Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.