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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Hearing aids have come a long way since the funnel-shaped ear trumpets of the 17th century. Today, there are many types of hearing aids that can help amplify and distinguish sound to give those with hearing loss a fighting chance. But how do you know which hearing aid is best for you?
The first thing to remember is that a hearing aid can’t restore normal hearing once you’ve experienced hearing loss. It can, however, improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background noise.
Analogue Hearing Aids simply amplify the sound picked up by the microphone and reproduce them louder via the speaker. An analogue hearing aid basically makes sounds louder; it’s just like turning up the volume on a radio.
Digital Hearing Aids goes a step beyond by providing amplification that is more customized. It splits the sound picked up by the microphone into smaller sections and then amplifies them depending on the pitch and loudness of the sound to match a situation, such as social situations or work environments. Digital hearing aids can be reprogrammed if your hearing changes. In addition, they are smaller with greater power.
Every hearing aid has a microphone to pick up the sound, amplifier circuitry to make the sound louder, a receiver (loudspeaker) to deliver the sound into the ear canal and batteries to power it. Styles, however, differ.
- Behind-the-ear hearing aids: Similar to an over-the-ear blue tooth design, most of the parts are in a small plastic case that rests behind the ear. It’s connected to an earpiece by clear tubing. It’s often chosen for children because it’s easy to clean, sturdy and the earpiece types can be replaced as the child grows.
- In-the-ear hearing aids: The entire hearing aid, known as an ITE, is in a small shell that fills the outer part of the ear canal. It is similar to an ear bud. This is the most popular type of hearing aid and is customized to exactly match the contours of your ear.
- Receiver-in-the ear (RITE) hearing aids: These can be worn behind or on top of the ear with a very thin, discreet wire is connected to a tiny loudspeaker in the ear canal. The main advantage is cosmetic, but some also are more powerful than other styles.
With modern technology and innovative design, hearing aids are better than ever to help you hear better, once hearing loss has set in. Hidden Hearing can help you determine which type of hearing aid is best for you and fit you with it. Call Hidden Hearing on 1 800 818 808 today and hear better tomorrow.