Hidden Hearing Shortlisted for Direct Marketing Award

Hidden Hearing are delighted to be informed that we have been shortlisted for the Direct Marketing Award by The Marketing Institute of Ireland which is a great achievement for the company and the marketing team.

The All Ireland Marketing Awards programme is the nation’s premier means of recognising the success of Irish marketing professionals and acknowledging their major contribution to the ongoing process of strengthening the economy of our island.

The aim of The Marketing Institute of Ireland in staging these awards is to promote excellence and best practice in all areas of marketing.

By all accounts the competition is particularly stiff this year so we await with bated breath! The All Ireland Marketing Awards ceremony will take place on 23rd May 2013, at the Burlington Hotel.

What to Ask your Hidden Hearing Audiologist before Buying a Hearing Aid

Hidden Hearing Ireland largest hearing Company offer FREE screening and tests

Hidden Hearing Ireland largest hearing Company offer FREE screening and tests

Before receiving a hearing test, you may want to think about a few questions and comments to bring up during your visit that will help you ease into the lifestyle changes that may accompany a hearing device, including how you can alleviate the hurdles hearing loss may prompt in your daily routine. For some, writing a few things down may be the best option so nothing is forgotten while in the doctor’s office. And remember, don’t be shy while at the audiologist; they welcome and expect many questions.What to do before going into the Hidden Hearing Clinic
Go into your appointment with a little bit of background knowledge about your issue. Go to the library or look at reputable sources online to determine what your problem may mean. Then, write down any questions that come to mind while you’re looking up information. If you are taking any medications, make sure to write down the name of each prescription before going to the doctor. It may be helpful to write down anything you may be allergic to as well to ensure a hearing aid won’t cause an allergic reaction.

Lifestyle changes
Watching television, listening to music or even working may change after you’ve gotten a hearing aid. When you’re speaking with your hearing health professional, consider telling them a little bit about your daily lifestyle so they are aware of the most dramatic changes that you may experience.

Accessories
After purchasing, you’ll want to investigate hearing aid accessories, including ones to maintain the cleanliness of the device. Make sure to go over the uses of each tool with your clinician so you don’t accidentally damage the hearing aid, and you are able to maintain a properly working functioning aid for as long as possible. This is a great time to take notes during your visit.

Hearing aid settings
There are many different technological advances and special settings available on your hearing aid that you should ask your doctor about. Anti-shock settings that react appropriately to sudden loud noises are a great option for many individuals, especially those around young children or individuals who live in an urban setting. Data logging or memory settings may also be helpful because they log how you use hearing aids in different environments that you’re regularly exposed to. Other settings may include a remote control, power-on delay, telecoil, noise reduction, wind noise management, digital, Bluetooth and feedback cancelation.

Bring along a friend
Going to a hearing health professional with a friend or family member may help ease any office jitters or communication issues between you and your physician, and your friend may also have questions that you have not considered. Bringing someone along to the audiologist is also helpful because they can have a pen and paper on hand to take down notes while you are speaking. Remember Hidden Hearing have the following unique benefits

  • Free Hearing ScreeningsHidden Hearing offers Free No Obligation Hearing Screenings.

  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
    90 Day Money BackHidden Hearing now offer a no quibble 90 day money back guarantee to ensure client satisfaction.

  • 5 Year Warranty
    5 Year WarrantyExtending the ‘usual’ 2 year warranty to a unique 5 year period for all aids removes any worry about repair costs.

  • Free Batteries for Life
    Free Batteries for LifeHidden Hearing have also removed the cost of batteries with their batteries for life benefit. The Battery Membership Scheme is available for other users and older hearing aids.

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    Complimentary AftercareHidden Hearing is committed to delivering quality service and this includes free professional six monthly service check ups for every client.

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    State-of-the-Art
    Digital Hearing AidsWe have the widest range of digital hearing aids from entry level to sophisticated devices.

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Hearing loss: a silent occupational hazard

Air traffic controllerOccupational hearing loss is in the news this week as firefighters in Pittsburgh are suing truck manufacturers saying that they’ve lost their hearing because of sirens that are too loud. The men range in age from 38 to 62 years old and they claim the excessively noisy sirens caused irreversible hearing loss.

Studies of hearing damage to firefighters have long shown noise-induced hearing loss. In 2007 a study by University of California said roughly 40% of all firefighters in the United States are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.

However, the problem is not just limited to firefighters in the US and is a real issue of concern for workers all over the world.  Occupational hearing loss is the most prevalent industrial illness in Europe, with 35 million people exposed to detrimental noise levels.

Noise is an annoying, often hazardous part of the workplace and workers can be exposed to dangerous decibels in jobs as varied as construction, bar work, motorbike couriers, airport ground staff and farm hands.  According to Hidden Hearing exposure to noise levels above 85dB for over 60 minutes at a time can lead to irreparable hearing loss.

But the good news is that we can protect our hearing and take simple steps to prevent possible damage or further damage.  One good way to protect your hearing is to wear earplugs when you are exposed to loud noise.  Wearing earmuffs is another good way to protect your hearing.  Earplugs and earmuffs come with a ‘noise reduction rating’ or NRR.  Be sure yours have an NRR of at least 25.

The case of the firefighters is a good reminder of the importance of hearing protection especially in noisy work environments. If you believe you are experiencing noise-related hearing loss from your job you can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide.  Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie to consult with a local audiologist to diagnose your problem.

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Hearing Aid Compatibility and iPhones

 This week Sarah O’Mara from Hidden Hearing gives some tips on hearing aid compatibility and iphones

Phones and accessories that are Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) will work with hearing aids that support the telephone switch feature. This is commonly known as the “T-switch” or “T-coil” that is built into the hearing aids. HAC products will only work with hearing aids that have a telephone switch

Activating hearing aid mode on your iPhone
To activate Hearing Aid Mode on iPhone 4 (GSM model) with iOS 5 or later, go to phone Settings, select General, then select Accessibility. Here you will see the Hearing Aids option.

Hearing Aid Mode on the iPhone 4 (GSM model) reduces the transmission power of the cellular radio in the GSM 1900 MHz band, which may result in decreased 2G cellular coverage.
To activate Hearing Aid mode on iPhone 5 or later, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone 5 modifies the phone’s acoustic settings to improve compatibility with hearing aids set in “T” or telecoil mode.

This short video shows how to use hearing aid mode – Apple iPhone 5 .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eJbcmDOvc

Ensuring the best experience with a hearing aid
iPhone and hearing aids generally work best together in “M” or acoustic coupling mode. To use your hearing aid in this mode, make sure that your hearing aid is set to “M,” or acoustic coupling mode, and position the iPhone receiver near the hearing aid’s built-in microphone (or microphones). In other words, hold your iPhone against your head as you would naturally hold the phone when making a telephone call. The hearing aid will receive audio from the iPhone through its built-in microphones. For the best results, try using the iPhone in different positions relative to your hearing aid—for example, placing the receiver slightly above the ear may result in better performance for hearing aids with microphones positioned behind the ear. If you have an iPhone 4 (GSM model), activate Hearing Aid Mode
If Acoustic Coupling does not produce a satisfactory result, try using your hearing aid in “T,” or telecoil coupling mode. To use your hearing aid in this mode, make sure that your hearing aid is set to “T,” or telecoil coupling mode (not all hearing aids have this mode). If you have an iPhone 5 or later, activate Hearing Aid Mode. Your healthcare provider may assist you in determining if your hearing aid will be most compatible with your iPhone.

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Win a pair of Tickets to see Finbar Furey at the INEC

The INEC have very kindly given us two pairs of tickets to see Finbar Furey playing at the INEC in Killarney on 10th May 2013. Finbar Furey has left his mark on the music of Ireland for more than four decades. As the lead singer, banjo  and uillean pipes player for The Fureys, he helped to guide the evolution of Ireland’s traditional music. Since leaving the band to pursue a solo career in 1995, Furey has continued to attract attention with his gutsy approach to the music of the Emerald Isle.

So how can you be in with a chance to win? Simple, just apply here for one of our free hearing information packs. Free information packs are for anyone that is concerned about their hearing. The pack contains a free comprehensive guide for anyone interested in better hearing.

Absolutely Free of Charge and without obligation, please send me my Free Information Pack.

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Got an earful? Here’s some advice on ear wax removal

Ear wax removal at Hidden Hearing is performed by a Hearing Care Professional

Ear wax removal at Hidden Hearing is performed by a Hearing Care Professional

Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted by glands which line the ear.  It is a naturally occurring substance in the ear canal and helps to keep ears healthy and prevent infection.  In most cases, ear wax works its way out of the ear on its own however, if it is blocking the ear canal and causing hearing loss, pain or discomfort it may need removing.

 

Only a professional can determine whether earwax should be removed so don’t attempt to remove earwax at home, even with remedies that promise to be safe and effective.  Doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, your hearing.  It’s important not to use a cotton swab, a finger, or anything else to poke inside the ear because of the risk of damaging the delicate ear canal and eardrum, or packing the wax in even further, which could cause infection.

 

Hidden Hearing offers a free ear wax removal service to persons over 60 years of age and at a special discounted rate of €50 for those under 60.  Check www.hiddenhearing.ie for further details.

 

Do not use a cotton swab to remove ear wax as doing so may cause damage to the ear canal

Do not use a cotton swab to remove ear wax as doing so may cause damage to the ear canal

The procedure is performed by a Hearing Care Professional who has received specialist training in both ear irrigation and dry mopping from Aston University in Birmingham.

 

Speaking about the service, Hidden Hearing Marketing Manager, Dolores Madden said: “We are delighted to be offering this service to our customers as we see a lot of people in our clinics with ear wax build-up.  In many cases, an aural issue will not be hearing loss related, but simply a build-up of too much ear wax.  However, if left untreated excessive ear wax can cause hearing loss and interfere with a hearing test or the use of a hearing aid.  Until now the options have been expensive costing up to €60 but now Hidden Hearing offers a free solution for over 60s and a discounted rate for those under 60.”

 

 

 

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

Women Who Address Hearing Loss Enjoy Better Quality of Life

hearing-loss_0The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) advised today as part of its outreach in recognition of National Women’s Health Week that research shows hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that women who address their hearing loss often experience better quality of life.

For the vast majority of people with hearing loss there are solutions that help. And modern hearing aids are among them. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users, in fact, say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. From how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives, hearing aid users are reaping the benefits of today’s technology.

When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.

But when left unaddressed, hearing loss interferes with a woman’s life and negatively affects virtually every aspect of her day-to-day living — including how she communicates with her doctor. And because hearing loss has been linked to several chronic diseases — as well as to an increased risk of falling — it’s important that women and their healthcare providers routinely address hearing health as part of their medical care.

Studies show that people with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression may all have an increased risk of hearing loss. When left untreated, hearing loss also can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Impaired memory and the impaired ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, and stress are among its more common side effects.

More About Hearing Aids

Today’s hearing aids combine high-performance technology and style with durability and ease-of-use, transcending the old-world notion that a condition as common as hearing loss is something to hide. The options are so varied that there is an attractive solution for just about anyone. Designers offer styles that appeal to the fashion conscious, the trendsetter, the partygoer, the intellectual, the active sports enthusiast, the cautious grandmother, the romantic, the weekend warrior, and even those just tired of arguing about the volume on the TV.

Whether they sit discreetly inside your ear canal, or wrap aesthetically around the contour of your outer ear like the latest fashion accessory, today’s high-performance hearing aids amplify life. They unabashedly send the message: “I’m too young and full of life to stop doing the things I love best.” In fact, today’s hearing aids are the #1 Must-Have Consumer Electronic for enhancing life in 2013.

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.