Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Diabetes is affecting more people across the developed world than ever before, but many people do not realise that individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss as those without. It is believed that high blood sugar levels that characterise the illness may also be responsible for damaging the delicate inner ear, which leads to problems with the hearing process.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that health concerns can be very stressful, and we want to help you to address the problem and reduce the likelihood of hearing loss developing or becoming worse. If you are diabetic, we recommend a regular check with an experienced audiologist to ensure that your hearing is being monitored and that any potential problems can be dealt with as soon as possible.
How Can I Tell If I Have Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is a very common problem, especially age-related hearing loss that can develop in later life. However, early awareness of the problem can prevent it worsening, and intervention at an early stage can help to avoid related problems such as dementia and depression. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, and you notice any of the following, it’s a good idea to book a free hearing test:
1. Difficulty hearing conversations. You or your loved ones may have noticed that you are missing details within conversations or finding it hard to hear speech when the speaker is not facing you. This can be a warning sign that you are experiencing difficulties registering certain types of sounds.
2. Problems using the telephone. Many people first notice hearing loss because they realize they have become accustomed to always holding the phone on one side, or even to avoiding phone calls altogether.
3. Turning up the volume. If you are suddenly struggling to hear the television or radio, and require the volume to be louder than others who are watching or listening with you, this may be a sign that your hearing is beginning to deteriorate.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you are concerned about your hearing, make an appointment to visit our experienced audiologists at Hidden Hearing. Some hearing loss can be resolved very easily, if it is the result of an ear wax blockage, for example. We can assess your hearing to find out the cause of your hearing loss, and we can offer free earwax removal clinics if this is relevant to you.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We can advise you on protecting your hearing from damage, and we also have a great range of discreet and effective digital hearing aids. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.