Yvonne Doyle from our Waterford branch has won the prestigious accolade ‘Irish Audiologist of the Year’ in the 10th annual Audiology Awards. Our experienced audiologist will go on to represent Ireland in the 2017 European finals in Nuremberg in Germany next October.
Yvonne has been a Hidden Hearing audiologist for six years and has been at Hidden Hearing Waterford, based in Arundel Square in the city, for the past two years. She has implemented a number of patient care initiatives which have seen the branch now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for hearing care in Ireland. The proud winner said that making a difference in people’s lives brings tremendous satisfaction.
“With hearing difficulties, patients can worry and lose confidence. Treatment often brings a new lease of life, and it is a great feeling when you see the difference that restored hearing makes”, Yvonne said on accepting her award.
A coveted honour in the field of audiology, the Audiologist of the Year competition asks patients to nominate a hearing care professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty, providing outstanding care and help to both patients and their patients’ family. All nominations received were judged by a panel of independent industry professionals, who are leaders in the audiology sector across Europe.
Yvonne Doyle, who faced tough competition from audiologists all over Ireland to win the top title, was nominated by a grateful patient in recognition of her friendliness, exceptional care and consistent support.
Hearing loss can be a worrying experience, but a professional audiologist not only diagnoses and treats the problem but also provides reassurance, encouragement and kindness throughout the patient’s treatment, Stephen Leddy, Managing Director at Hidden Hearing said at the award presentation.
“At Hidden Hearing, it is our mission to make a difference in people’s lives. Our hearing specialists throughout the country are known for their dedication and patient care, and take pride in both solving hearing problems and reassuring their patients. We are delighted that Yvonne’s hard work and professionalism has been recognised today.”
75% of Hearing Loss Untreated
Irish research shows that up to 75% of people with hearing difficulty are going untreated, mostly those in their mid-sixties and over. Age-related hearing problems are common, but it is important to seek professional advice and treatment, as hearing loss has wider health implications.
“A report by the National Council on the Ageing has shown that people with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids can be prone to depression, worry, and diminished social activity. Whereas those whose hearing loss is treated report better relationships, improved mood, and more independence”, Stephen Leddy says.
GP Nina Byrnes is Hidden Hearing’s medical advisor and says that, in most cases, hearing loss is gradual and it goes unnoticed until it is very pronounced. “On average, it takes 10 years for people with a hearing problem to be affected to the extent that they do something about it”, she says, adding that this is not an ideal situation. Untreated hearing loss not only affects quality of life, but also the brain’s ability to remember common everyday sounds, and these needs to be relearned when full hearing is restored with a hearing aid, she claims.
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