The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards were presented to nine deaf or hard of hearing people who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. The awards, run by Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, were presented in various categories The Media Award went to John Cradden.
John is a freelance journalist contributing regularly to a number of leading Irish publications including The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post. John has written extensively on the subject of being Deaf, displaying a willingness to highlight the relevant issues within the Deaf community. He is currently writing a book about his experiences of a cochlear implant.