World Health Day #LetsTalk – Hearing health & Mental Health

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Noel Cullen

Noel Cullen

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Noel Cullen has been the Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist in Abbey Street for 21 years. During this time Noel has cared for and successfully helped thousands of people with mild, moderate and profound hearing problems. Noel also has experience helping those with tinnitus, vertigo and others with medical related hearing loss.As a fully qualified fellowship member of both the British and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.

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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Depression is a major challenge to health in the WHO European Region and is the focus of World Health Day 2017. The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognizes that depression is a treatable condition and seeks to address the fact that, despite this, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. The high personal, social and economic costs and the large proportion of people who are not receiving any treatment, despite the availability of cheap and effective care, underscore the importance of overcoming this challenge.

Did you know that hearing loss and depression can go hand and hand?

Everyone can agree that mental health and hearing health are important, yet it wasn’t until the results of recent studies were released that a strong correlation between the two was confirmed. Depression in particular has been linked to hearing loss and unfortunately both conditions often go unacknowledged, unrecognized or untreated by health care professionals. But what if that wasn’t the case? Could shining a spotlight on the link between hearing loss and depression improve mental health among those with a hearing loss?

For example, since 2008 England has significantly increased the provision of evidence-based talking therapy to people with depression and anxiety through a large-scale programme called “Improving access to psychological therapies”, available through the National Health Service. By 2012 the programme had treated more than 1 million people, of whom 680 000 completed the full course of treatment. The recovery rates of the 680 000 people were consistently above 45%, as was expected from the research evidence. - Statistics from WHO

Hearing loss can certainly lead to isolation and avoidance of certain social situations and its important for your to know the signs of hearing loss. Or if you know someone with a hearing loss and has become quite withdrawn from their social life as a result, encourage them to seek help or re engage with their social life. More often than not the person who would suffer from hearing loss would be elderly and live alone.

Twitter_profileSymptoms of Hearing loss:

  • Difficulty understanding everyday conversation
  • A feeling of being able to hear but not understand
  • Having to turn up the TV or radio
  • Asking others to repeat often
  • Avoidance of social situations that were once enjoyable
  • Increased difficulty communicating in noisy situations like restaurants, lively family gatherings, in the car or in group meetings
  • Tinnitus, or ringing and/or buzzing sounds in the ears

If you are worried about a friend or family members hearing loss and think that its taking from their mental health and they are becoming more isolated as a result, you can refer them to one of our 75 clinics or branches nationwide. We understand hearing loss and how it can effect people in different ways including isolation. In follow up appointments which we call the rehabilitation process,  we not only check up on the devices we fit but take personal interest in each patient that wears them.


People have found that by visiting us – that they just had a build up of earwax in their ears and after its removed, their hearing turns back to normal. A build up of earwax is easily fixed and we offer a free nationwide service to over 55s. There is a fee of 50 euro for people under the age of 55s. If you think earwax could be a problem we offer this service in select clinics & branches nationwide.

World Health Day #LetsTalk - Hearing health & Mental Health
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World Health Day #LetsTalk - Hearing health & Mental Health
Everyone can agree that mental health and hearing health are important, yet it wasn’t until the results of recent studies were released that a strong correlation between the two was confirmed.
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