The Boss is Silenced!

Fans attending Bruce Springsteen’s concert in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday never got to hear the end of the show because concert organizers turned all the microphones off.

As part of Springsteen’s Hard Rock Calling concert series, 76,000 people braved the London elements to see Springsteen and his special guest stars in concert. Springsteen’s last guest was Paul McCartney and as they were singing “Twist and Shout,” the concert went silent. The band had gone past Hyde Park’s 10:30 p.m. curfew and subsequently were unplugged.

Hyde Park spans 350 acres and is located next to wealthy London neighborhoods. The occupants of these neighborhoods are none too happy with the late night noise and mayhem that accompany these concerts.

It seems as though guitar player Steven Van Zandt was none too happy about the curfew. He wrote on Twitter:

“English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing? There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. … It’s some City Council stupid rule. Seriously, when did England become a police state Is there just too much fun in the world?”

Rules are rules and they are not meant to be broken, at least not for The Boss in London’s Hyde Park.

If you have any question about hearing loss or hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing.

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Heroes 2012 launched!

RTÉ presenters Derek Mooney and Dr. Nina Byrnes today teamed up with superheroes Batman, Superman and Supergirl to launch the call for nominations for the ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2012’ – Ireland’s awards for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

Pictured L to R Noel Geraghty (Batman), Eva Smith (Supergirl), Stephen Leddy, Dr. Nina Byrnes, Callum Smith (Superman), Derek Mooney, Kevin Mulqueen

The search for the 2012 ‘heroes’ of the deaf and hard of hearing community will begin shortly as Hidden Hearing launches the call for nominations for the 2012 ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’ at the end of this month.

A joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, the Heroes Awards honour those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.

There are nine Award Categories in total this year:

  • ·         Social Contribution Award – recognising contributions to society / communities
  • ·         Workplace Award – an award for someone who has excelled in the workplace
  • ·         Youth Award – for those aged between 6 – 18 who have achieved much in their young lives
  • ·         Grandparent Award – nominations for a special grandparent
  • ·         Sportsperson Award – recognising outstanding sporting achievement
  • ·         Media Award – for a campaigner who has highlighted topics related to those who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • ·         Lifetime Achievement Award – for an individual who has played a key role over their lifetime.
  • ·         Student Award – an award for a Deaf / hard of hearing student who has excelled at second or third level education.
  • ·         Organisation Award – for an organisation that works on behalf of or in conjunction with Deaf / hard of hearing communities.


For more information go to the Hidden Heroes Nomination Page Click Here >

BIEBER fever? Not exactly.

The 18-year-old pop star is being sued for $9 million by a woman who claims her hearing was damaged at one of his concerts.

Stacey Wilson Betts says her hearing loss occurred after she took her daughter to the singer’s concert on July 14, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

Stacey said it was incredibly loud inside the arena due to shrieking fans.

“I was injured by a sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels. I suffer hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis in both ears”, Betts claimed in the lawsuit, TMZ reports.

The suit alleges that Bieber “created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena.”

As a result, Betts claims she now suffers from tinnitus, which causes a constant pulsing, whooshing sound that makes it hard to sleep, along with other hearing-related damage.

The woman is suing Bieber, his label Island Def Jam Records, the concert promoter and the arena for a whopping $US9.23 million in damages.

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‘People don’t even realise they’re losing their hearing’


Article first appeared in the irish Independent April 2012

 “I test peoples’ hearing and diagnose any problems that they may be experiencing.

“When I see someone, I first determine whether there are any medical factors contributing to a hearing problem, such as ear-wax blocking the ear canal – the ear wax must be removed by their GP. “People may also have an infection in their ear canal, and this too is something for which they must be referred to their doctor. “Some are visible, such as ear-wax blockages or infections. There can also be more serious problems such as a disease of the ear canal, of which there are many.

“Hearing Action Week, which took place last month, is an all-Island awareness campaign highlighting the issue of hearing loss.”

 “Very often people don’t notice hearing loss because it’s not painful. Generally it’s the people around the person who notice that the person has the TV on very loud, or that the person is missing out on parts of a conversation or withdrawing in social settings.

“Today I saw a man who’d been suffering from hearing loss for more than 15 years.
“The man, who is in his sixties, was struggling to hear what people were saying both in the workplace and at home, and was also experiencing difficulty hearing the TV or the radio.
“He recently attended a meeting where he couldn’t hear the speaker.

“When he came in to see me, he explained that he had wanted to attend a theatre performance recently but had decided against it purely on the basis that his hearing was poor.
“His hearing had been diminishing so slowly that he barely noticed it was getting worse. “I took a case history and then tested him. I found that he had a severe hearing impairment in high frequencies.
“This meant he was unable to hear the beginnings and ends of words. He was unable to hear consonants unless someone was standing in front of him, because then he could get visual confirmation of what was being said.
However if someone turned their back on him, he was unable to understand what was being said.

“I gave this man a full audio-metric test which involved measuring his hearing threshold for different sounds. His threshold for low frequency sounds such as vowel sounds was very good but the threshold for high frequencies was very poor.
“The hearing loss had resulted from nerve damage which could not be medically repaired.

“I demonstrated a hearing system which was very specific to his requirements. It was programmed to rectify the problem – in the last five years there have been massive improvements in the quality of hearing aid systems.
“They are very discreet and more importantly, they replicate normal hearing very effectively. I fitted the technology and together we walked to Cork’s English Market.
This is a very busy place with high ceilings and very poor acoustics – a very challenging environment for someone with poor hearing.
“The client man was amazed at the difference in his hearing and said he had never realised how bad his hearing had become.
I also saw a *young girl of about 12. She had come in with her mother, following a warning from her school principal about her school performance.
This girl was already using a hearing aid system, but when I investigated, I discovered that it was somewhat out of date.
“It emerged emerge that the girl was not getting sufficient clarity from her hearing system and was falling behind in school.”

“I fitted her with a new device.  On subsequent visits, her mother indicated that her academic performance had improved significantly.”

“I find generally that clients are delighted by the efficiency of the technology and that 99.9% wish  they had done something earlier.”

For further information contact Hidden Hearing.

Have you got a noisy job?

We are looking at the top jobs that are bad for your hearing. First up was The Motorcycle Courier then Airport Staff now it’s the turn of Construction and Carpentry.

Construction & Carpentry

Whether outside your window, on your walk to work or anywhere else on the street, you may be painfully familiar with the extreme noise levels of construction sites. Now imagine working there. For the country’s construction workers, these sounds can be particularly hazardous to hearing health. Long periods of exposure to noise over 85dB is considered dangerous to one’s hearing, yet many of the most common construction tools make noise well above this cautionary value. Let’s consider one the noisiest yet most common construction tools: the hammer drill. This ear-shattering tool registers at nearly 115dB. With these dangerous decibels, whether you are performing construction work at home or for pay, make sure to wear the right kind of ear protection.
Carpenters are particularly affected due to a similarly noisy tool set, as the next graphs can attest.

Noise induced hearing loss is only one kind of loss there are many others. If you have or if you know anyone with hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing we can help and initial consultations and hearing screenings are free. Hidden Hearing.

My hearing is perfect……Can you speak up a bit !

More than half of factory workers who thought they had excellent or good hearing actually suffered hearing loss and didn’t even recognize the problem, a new study shows.

The University of Michigan School ofNursing study found significant differences between measured and perceived hearing loss, and suggests health care providers need better methods of testing and protecting hearing among factory workers.

“This finding shows that even workers who are served by a workplace hearing conservation program and receive annual hearing testing may be unaware of their actual hearing ability,” said Marjorie McCullagh, assistant professor in the U-M School of nursing and principal investigator. “Consequently, health care providers would be wise to examine methods to help workers develop more accurate perceptions of their hearing, and test more effective methods to protect it.”

Of 2,691 noise exposed automobile factory workers surveyed for the study, 76 percent reported excellent or good hearing. However, after formal hearing tests, researchers found that that 42 percent of those workers actually suffered hearing loss. This indicates that self-reported hearing loss is poorly related to the results of audiometry, or formal hearing testing. In other words, many factory workers might have hearing loss and not even realize there’s a problem, and the U-M findings are consistent with other studies demonstrating a discrepancy between measured and perceived hearing loss.

If you have any question about hearing or hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing.

Cleaning your hearing aids

Like the rest of the equipment you depend upon, such as your car and dishwasher ! a gentle cleaning does wonders to keep things running smoothly. Your hearing aids are no exception.

If your hearing clinic didn’t provide you with a wax pick, brush (and a blower if you wear a BTE model), consider making the investment. These are the tools you’ll need to keep your hearing aid clean and free of earwax. You’ll also want a dry place to store your hearing aids when you’re not wearing them, such as the box they came in or other suitable container.

Your audiologist or hearing health professional will give you detailed instructions on how to care specifically for the make and model you’ve purchased, but here are a few general care tips to keep in mind.

Most importantly, keep your ears clean and free from earwax. Remember, never stick anything into your ear canal, such as a hairpin or cotton swab. These objects only push the wax deeper into your ear and, in extreme cases, puncture your ear drum. If gentle, daily cleaning with a wash cloth doesn’t prevent earwax build, consult your doctor or audiologist for help.

When you remove your hearing aids each day, wipe them off with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. Do not use alcohol swabs or cleaning solvents as these may damage the material your hearing aid is made of. Your hearing center professional can recommend special sprays specifically designed to clean and disinfect hearing aids, if you prefer.

Here’s a tip: apply any hair products – such as sprays or gels — and face creams before you put your hearing aids in for the day. If you wash your face with a cleanser at night, take your hearing aids out before you do. These materials can clog the microphone and may also be damaging to the plastic material.

It’s important to keep your hearing aids free of earwax. This yellow substance, also called cerumen, can clog the microphone and receiver, blocking the sound to your ear.  Large amounts of earwax can create a crackling, static or feedback sound.

Finally, before you store your hearing aids for the day, open the battery compartment, remove the batteries and brush the compartment with the cleaning brush. Replace the batteries and keep the compartment open while they are stored. Any moisture that may have accumulated will dry overnight and your batteries will last longer.

One word of caution: be careful when you handle your hearing aids, especially the first few times. Consider spreading a towel or other soft item beneath you when you insert and remove them, as dropping them on hard surfaces, such as countertops and tile floors, can damage them.

If you have any questions about your hearing aids and cleaning them contact Hidden Hearing.