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 frustrating condition that is irritating to live with and is often misunderstood by others. Many people experience tinnitus alongside other types of hearing loss, and most describe it as a gushing or ringing noise in the ears that is present all of the time or in episodes.
Tinnitus can interfere with many aspects of life, including day to day conversations and activities, and social occasions such as parties or live entertainment. One situation in which tinnitus can be particularly annoying, however, is when you are taking a hearing test! This can be unnerving and causes a great deal of anxiety about the results of the hearing test and any changes to your prescription. Here are our recommendations.
Top Tips For Taking A Hearing Test With Tinnitus
• Talk to your audiologist. A good audiologist will want to help you to find the best hearing solution possible, and this may be complex. If you live with tinnitus, it is likely that you will already have talked to your audiologist about it, but if you have not, do so today! There are several ways to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, and the most effective of these is often the use of hearing aids. If you normally wear hearing aids that reduce your tinnitus, tell your audiologist about this and explain your concerns about removing the hearing aids for the hearing test. He or she can reassure you about the process and take this into account.
• Discuss the options. Don’t worry about your tinnitus influencing the outcome of your hearing test when there may be many ways to avoid this. Your audiologist will probably use a different sound during the test, which will be easier to distinguish from your tinnitus, if you are concerned about this.
• Don’t worry. Becoming anxious or worried about your tinnitus is likely to lead to poorer results on your hearing test but this will probably be due to the anxiety rather than the tinnitus itself. Try to relax and tune out your tinnitus, as you may be used to doing at other times. Concentrate on your audiologist and the hearing test, and do not allow yourself to get distracted by your tinnitus or your worries about it.
Take A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing In Ireland
Tinnitus can be very hard to live with but you may find effective relief for your symptoms when you work with an expert audiologist to find the right solution for you. Hearing aids are often an effective solution, and they offer a discreet and highly sensitive hearing experience. Our friendly staff have a great range of hearing aids for you to try when you visit us for a free hearing test.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Our audiologists are on hand to help you to find the best hearing solution for you and your lifestyle, so contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.