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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Here at Hidden Hearing, we often find ourselves discussing safe levels of noise exposure, and suggesting ways in which our customers can protect their hearing. Wearing ear defenders or earplugs mean seem unnecessary or embarrassing, but as everyday life gets louder, it is becoming more and more common to see people taking the risks of noise related hearing loss seriously.
Normal conversation usually registers at a volume of around 60 decibels, and any noise over 85dB may cause hearing loss. There are many sounds in our everyday lives that are much louder than this, such as rock concerts and ambulance sirens, which often reach volumes well over 100 dB. Even using appliances in the kitchen or garden machinery can be very dangerous to hearing, and most people are not aware of the damage these sounds can cause.
Protect Your Ears Against Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Noise induced hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and can affect people of any age. Here’s your quick guide to protecting your ears against damage by loud noises:
1. Avoid very loud noises. If you are close to a loud noise, you are risking damage to your hearing. If you are at a concert or sporting event, you can protect your hearing by moving as far away as you can from speakers, and investing in a good pair of ear defenders or ear plugs to ensure that you can enjoy the event without the potential risk of hearing loss.
2. Check the decibels. There are several decibel reader apps available for smartphones that enable you to check the volume of the sounds around you. This can be very helpful in social situations and at live events, and will also help you to demonstrate the importance of protecting your hearing to other people
3. Use earplugs for protection. It is vital to protect your ears from loud noises, and ear plugs or ear defenders are an inexpensive way to preserve your hearing. You can purchase both of these options in many different styles and colours, and they are a fashion accessory at music festivals and concerts! Earplugs are tiny and easy to keep in your bag at all times, so you can use them to keep your ears safe all day, especially if you work or travel in a noisy environment.
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 75-five branches and clinics. If you are concerned about your hearing, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test with our audiologists. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.