His knowledge in communication disorders has helped a wide range of patients, including both adults and children with hearing loss. He provides screenings, hearing tests, aural rehabilitation and has an extensive knowledge of both conventional and digital hearing instruments.
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Hearing loss is a frustrating and sometimes debilitating condition that affects many people throughout their lives. Occasionally, hearing loss is caused by a reversible factor, such as an earwax blockage or some types of medication, and this hearing loss will be temporary if treated correctly. However, there are many different causal factors in permanent hearing loss, including exposure to loud noises, infections and some prescription drugs.
If you notice that you are having trouble hearing, you should book a free hearing test with us at Hidden Hearing as soon as possible. However, many people put off seeking help or treatment for hearing loss as they are worried by the prospect of wearing hearing aids.
Hearing Loss Can Lead To:
Hearing loss affects the ears, but it also affects the areas of the brain where sounds are processed. This can lead to many other problems, which can affect general health as well as lifestyle. These include:
- Depression. Many people with untreated hearing loss become isolated from their friends and families, and depression can follow. It is very important to be aware of this risk, and to seek treatment for hearing loss as soon as possible, so if you are concerned about a friend or loved one, encourage them to see an audiologist or doctor and offer to accompany them if necessary.
- Changes to speech. When a person cannot hear themselves clearly, they may not notice changes to the way they are speaking. The volume at which we speak and the clarity of sounds we form are all largely dependent on the way we hear ourselves, since this informs the way the brain produces the sounds. Wearing hearing aids helps a patient to hear him or herself more clearly.
- Enjoyment of social experiences. The volume of background music and the increased effort involved in making conversation mean that it becomes much more difficult to enjoy socialising when you have hearing loss. Events that are held in loud environments can be too much for people with hearing loss, and even a trip to the cinema can be compromised when you cannot hear clearly. Seeking help as soon as you notice hearing loss will enable effective use of hearing aids, which will help you to control and filter environmental noise and allow you to enjoy a full and active social life.
- Dementia. Your cognitive health is linked with brain development, and untreated hearing loss dramatically increases the risk of dementia. The good news is that when the connected areas of the brain are activated again, through the use of hearing aids in the early stages, for example, cognitive damage may be reversed.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. If you think you may be developing hearing loss, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test and meet our experienced audiologists.
We stock a wide variety of hearing aids, including tiny, highly sensitive devices that cannot be seen by others, and you can try these when you visit your local branch. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.