New Puppy Love!

This little guy is a puppy in training for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and we are lucky enough to be his sponsor but we need you to help us name him.

Does the memory of someone inspire you to serve others?  We’d love to hear your story!  We’re asking for inspirations to help us name our new puppy.  Hidden Hearing is honored to sponsor an Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy who will be trained in service as a guide dog or assistance dog for persons with disabilities such as Usher Syndrome, a rare condition which affects hearing and causes progressive loss of sight from the teenage years onwards.

We will choose his top six names and post them on our facebook page for everyone to vote.  This young lad will be in training to become a Guide Dog for a blind or vision impaired individual offering them both confidence and independence in their daily lives, so his name should be in honor of someone whose life was lived in service to others.

Share your story of inspiration and you could help us name our newest golden retriever puppy.  Tell us about your memories of someone that inspires you to serve others.

If you would like to help name our new puppy here’s how to submit your nomination:

You can post your suggestion on our facebook page or you can email your nomination to

Email your name suggestion and tell us in whose memory you’re making your nomination.  Tell us about the person and why you would like to honor his/her memory (public/community service, mentoring, etc).

All nominations must be received by 5 PM, Friday 19th of October


Technology has led to the invention of invisible hearing aids

Nothing to see, Everything to hear.

These days, many people are fighting from the problem of hearing loss. This problem can occur in everyone with the growing age. However, there are some people who feel ashamed about this problem. They do not want others to know that they have a hearing problem. As a result, they feel very shy in wearing the hearing aids. If you are also among these people, then there is good news for you. With the availability of invisible hearing aids, you can easily solve this problem.

The modern technologies have led to the inventions of invisible hearing aids. Earlier the hearing aids used to be cumbersome, large and clunky. Everyone gets to know that wearer is having a hearing problem. However, this is no longer a case. Today’s market is full of discrete, sleek and small hearing devices which can provide you with same functionality as that of large and clunky hearing devices.

Various manufacturers of hearing devices have come up in the marketplace and are offering invisible hearing devices. These devices are extremely tiny and are worn inside the ear. As a result, it remains invisible to outside world. Except the wearer as well as his/her medical team can get to know that the person has experienced hearing problem and using a hearing aid.

Prior using the invisible hearing aids, you must first fix an appointment with your audiologist. Audiologist will administer your hearing test. It is a very quick, simple and painless procedure. The audiologist will most likely begin the test by whispering something in your ear. This whispering is done at different levels as well as from different locations. This is to ensure that person can hear clearly or not.

Tuning forks are also used by some of the audiologist. They gently tap the tuning fork on your knee or elbow to see if the patient can hear the vibrations. It is very important to know where the hearing loss has happened and to what extent it can go. For this purpose, a small device is placed behind the patient’s ear which tells about the hearing problem.

Once it has been confirmed that you are facing with the problem of hearing loss, the audiologist will help you in determining the type of hearing device which is best suited for you. Always let them know what you are interested in especially if you want invisible hearing aids. There are several models as well as reputable brands from which you can easily choose your hearing aid.

You can also go for waterproof hearing aids. Water is a major problem for the patient of hearing aids. Too much of humid air can build excessive earwax on your hearing device. In such a case, a little amount of water can damage the electronic components of your hearing devices which require a lot of repairing cost. In order to prevent all this, you can think of buying waterproof hearing aids.

These days, hearing devices are available in several models. However, most of the people prefer to wear invisible hearing aids as that do not want others to know about their problem. Waterproof hearing aids are also a good option for people who hesitate in moving out of their house just because of rain.

Hidden Hearing is at the leading edge of all this new technology if you have any questions about invisible hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing Freephone 1800 370 000, visit a local branch or check online. Hidden

Children with Dyslexia Can Benefit From Hearing Assistance

For children with dyslexia, FM systems not only allow them to hear better while the device is in use, but it can also mean long-term improvement in phonological awareness and reading skills – even beyond the use of the device, according to a recent study published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“With the FM approach, the teacher wears a microphone and the student wears a behind-the-ear FM receiver, which effectively pipes the teacher’s voice into the ear, which allows a child to be more focused,” explains Nina Kraus, Principal Investigator of The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University and the study’s co-author. “When we measured the brain’s response to speech sounds, the kids who wore the device responded more consistently to the very soft and rapidly changing elements of sounds that help distinguish one consonant from another (cat, bat, pat etc.). That improved stability was linked with reading improvement based on standardized measures of readability – which, as a long-term benefit, points to brain plasticity and makes this study incredibly exciting.”

The study, partially funded by a Phonak grant, was conducted by Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, was spearheaded by Kraus and her colleagues, who sought to understand the relationship between listening devices and dyslexia in children.

They worked with 38 children between the ages of eight and 14 all attending a school for children with reading problems.  Half of the children did not wear devices and served as the control group.  The other 19 students wore an assistive listening device throughout each school day for the entire academic school year.

“Improving a child’s auditory processing of sound in this way gives children a better chance to make associations between what they hear and what these sounds mean. Then they can connect that information to what they see on paper,” added Kraus.

If you have any questions about hearing loss or any aspect of hearing contact Hidden Hearing.

I’ve got tinnitus… music eases my pain

Will.I.Am Tinnitus nightmare.

WILL.I.AM may be the multi-millionaire driving force behind supergroup The Black Eyed Peas but the rapper has been hiding a painful secret.

The 35-year-old has revealed he suffers from crippling tinnitus — a constant ringing in his ears.

And the condition has left him with no other option but to make music because he can only ignore the irritating sound when he is surrounded by noise. — born William Adams — says: “I don’t know what silence sounds like any more. Music is the only thing which eases my pain.

“I can’t be still. Work calms me down. I can’t be quiet as that’s when I notice the ringing in my ears. There’s always a beep there every day, all day. Like now. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve had this but it’s gradually got worse.”

If you have any questions about Tinnitus contact Hidden Hearing.

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Visit us at “The Ploughing” and Positive Ageing Week

One of the hundreds of exciting activities at this years Ploughing Championships.

One of Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibitions and Agricultural Trade Shows the National Ploughing Championships know to one and all as “The Ploughing” attracts on average 1,100 exhibitors and 189,000 visitors.This year’s National Ploughing Championships will take place from September 25th to 27th at Heathpark, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Showcasing Irish Food, Farming and Culture this event incorporates all sectors of agriculture and rural living from the latest development in Agri. Machinery to a comprehensive showcase of Livestock Breeds, Animal Husbandry and Management, Motors, Forestry, Bio Energy, Business Management and Regulatory Bodies. Along with many Health and Wellness exhibitors Hidden Hearing will be on hand to offer FREE  hearing screenings on site for anyone interested. Pop by and see our state of the art mobile clinic there might even be a cuppa and a few biscuits!! We are at Block 1 Stand 451 row P.

On Friday 28th of September the mobile clinic will be attending the launch of Positive Ageing Week. The official opening will be attended by the Minister for Health Dr. James O Reilly at the Arklow Bay Hotel. Positive Ageing Week will take place from 28th of Sept – 6th Oct . This is the 10th year of the festival and there will be over a 1000 events organised by local communities, groups and residential care providers nationwide.


What to eat to reduce your risk of age-related hearing loss

Are you often asking others to repeat themselves and speak up(!)? Research suggests that a healthy dose of two nutrients—folate and omega-3 fatty acids—may help prevent age-related hearing loss.

New findings published in the  Journal of Nutrition suggest that low levels of the B-vitamin folate (found in spinach, black-eyed peas and other leafy greens and beans) are associated with a 35 percent higher risk of hearing loss in people 50 and over. Researchers looked at nearly 3,000 people in the Australia-based Blue Mountains Hearing Study and found that a folate deficiency causes homocysteine levels to increase (a known risk factor for heart disease), which in turn could restrict blood flow to the cochlea—the part of the ear that converts sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain.

In a separate study of the same participants, the authors found that those who ate two or more servings of fish a week were less likely to develop age-related hearing loss compared to people who had less than a serving a week. Plus, among participants who already had some hearing loss, those who ate more fish saw its progression slow. Researchers think that the omega-3s in fish and their anti-inflammatory properties help to lower a person’s vascular risk factors—such as high blood pressure—which, in turn, could help to protect against hearing loss.

“Omega-3s could potentially help maintain a healthy vascular supply to the cochlea, thereby preventing age-related hearing loss,” says study author Bamini Gopinath, Ph.D. “And it’s possible that folate can, too, but more research is needed.” Can you hear us now?

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

Better Hearing Institute Advises People with Even Mild Depression and/or Anxiety Should Get Their Hearing Checked

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging people with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety to get their hearing checked and to address any diagnosed hearing loss, the institute announced today. Research shows that hearing loss frequently co-exists with depression and/or anxiety, and that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression.

Hearing loss and depression are increasing worldwide. In fact, according to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), the current global financial crisis has led to an increased number of people developing depression. According to a BBC report, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that within 20 years depression will affect more people than any other health problem. Already, hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older Americans. And as far back as 2004, more than 275 million people worldwide had moderate-to-profound hearing impairment. According to the WHO, hearing loss is the second leading cause of YLD (years lost due to disability) only after depression.

“We’ve known for a long time that depression and hearing loss often exist together, particularly in people with untreated hearing loss,” says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Executive Director of BHI. “In fact, when left unaddressed, hearing loss can lead to isolation and other emotional conditions that can affect both qualify of life and mental health. But we also know that by treating hearing loss, the risk of associated depression and other mental health issues lessens significantly.”

Studies show that when people with mild-to-profound hearing loss use hearing aids, they experience decreased depressive symptoms, anxiety and emotional instability; significant improvements in quality of life and functional health status; and have significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids. U.S. research shows that the use of hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss, and that those who use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use hearing aids. Moreover, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids.

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