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 is a form of hearing loss that causes a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. It can be very difficult to live with, and is often associated with other forms of hearing loss as well. Some people find that their tinnitus is triggered by certain noises or situations, and high stress environments often make the condition worse.
Some people find that their tinnitus is made worse by air travel. This may be due to the combination of very loud engine noise and changing air pressure. Here at Hidden Hearing, we will be happy to talk to you about an upcoming trip and help to alleviate any concerns you may have. We have found that the following are often helpful in making tinnitus easier to cope with when travelling by air.
Tips For Flying With Tinnitus
1. Use hearing aids. In normal daily life, people often use their hearing aids to obtain relief from tinnitus, and may be advised to wear them at all times. However, when flying, some people find it helpful to switch hearing aids off, or to use earplugs instead.
2. Consider your seat. Some people find that tinnitus is easier to bear if they sit further away from the source of the noise. Since the loudest noise comes from where the engines are located, on the wings, it can be helpful to book an aisle seat. Some people find it very helpful to sit further back in the plane, and others find it easier if they seat themselves in front of the wings. If you are a frequent traveller, you can experiment with your location in the aircraft and find out what works best for you.
3. Protect your ears. If you suffer with tinnitus, you may find that wearing extra layers of clothing, such as a hooded sweatshirt or a hat, helps to protect your ears by blocking out more noise. This can help to protect your hearing aids too, especially if the weather is bad.
4. Swallow and yawn. Anything that changes the pressure in your ears can help to relieve the pain of tinnitus, and yawning and swallowing can be very effective. Many people find that sucking on a boiled sweet or chewing gum is useful to prevent ear pain during a flight, and this may improve your tinnitus as well.
5. Distract yourself. You will probably find that your tinnitus is not as invasive when you are relaxed, and anything you can do to distract yourself from the tinnitus should have a positive effect on your ears. Reading a book or listening to music at a safe volume can give you something else to focus on and help to alleviate the discomfort that is caused by the condition.
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Do you have hearing loss? Book a free hearing test to find out more about the problems you are experiencing, and to find out whether they can be easily resolved. Hearing loss may be solved by a simple ear wax removal procedure, or you may find that hearing aids offer the solution you need.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.