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Body, Heart and Mind is a free guide packed full of tips and advice for those of us keen to maintain a healthy lifestyle and ensure vitality into our 50s and beyond. While age is one risk factor in developing some conditions, there is plenty you can do right now to minimize that risk and give yourself the best possible chance of moving into your 50s and older feeling physically robust, mentally alert and psychologically healthy. From diet and exercise to looking after your hearing and sight, this booklet is a must have and will be a great resource for you and yours.

Win Tickets To See Kenny Rogers Live At The O2

Win The Best Father’s Day Out!

Men love their power tools. But when it comes to hearing, men often shy away from the one power tool that could boost their hearing, conquer noisy environments, and overcome competing sounds: The new, nearly invisible but powerful, hearing device. That’s why this Father’s Day, Hidden Hearing is calling on those whose fathers may have a hearing loss to give their dads the smallest but most critical power tool in the world.

To celebrate Fathers Day this year the INEC Killarney have kindly given us not one but two pairs of tickets to see Country and pop superstar Kenny Rogers at the O2 Dublin on Friday July 5th  2013 . 

Known for his instantly recognisable raspy vocal and extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly five and a half decades. He has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances and rare storytelling ability. Some of his most famous songs include: The Gambler, Lucille, Islands in the Stream, Lady and Ruby, Don’t take your love to town to name just a few.

If you would like to enter in to the draw please fill out the following  form:

Winners will be notified on Friday 28th of June  Terms and Conditions apply

Hearing aids can help a person’s mental and physical well being as well as their hearing

Deaf man makes a hearing testResearch into people with hearing loss has found that those who wear hearing aids feel less physically and mentally exhausted in the evenings than those who don’t, according to information published in The Hearing Review March 2013.

Questions were asked within surveys by EuroTrak and JapanTrak conducted in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Japan.

Among those who had significant hearing loss and did not use hearing aids, around 60% said they often felt physically exhausted in the evenings, while only 40% of people who used hearing aids said the same.

50% of those with significant hearing loss said they felt mentally exhausted by the evening, compared to only around 30% who did use hearing aids.

Dolores Madden a spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“This research reveals just how much benefit hearing aids can have to a person’s mental and physical well being as well as their hearing. Straining to concentrate on what people are saying can be exhausting and if you are dealing with hearing loss it is well worth booking a free hearing test at one of our hearing centre’s to find out if a hearing aid is suitable for you.”

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

Hidden Hearing Shortlisted For Wexford Business Awards

Trish Boyce and Enda Dooley from Hidden Hearing. Pic: Jim Campbell Audiological Assistant Trish Boyce and Hearing Aid Consultant and Branch Manager Enda Dooley. Photo by Jim Campbell.


Hidden Hearing  delighted to have been nominated in this year’s Wexford Business Awards.

Hidden Hearing Wexford is part of the Hidden Hearing network which has operated in Ireland for the past twenty six years, and is committed to promoting better hearing health using state-of-the-art audiological equipment and the very latest and advanced hearing devices.

Run by Senior Hearing Aid Consultant and Branch Manager Enda Dooley and Audiological Assistant Trish Boyce, who are from Gorey and Rosslare Harbour respectively, they bring Hidden Hearing’s recognised international healthcare standards, technology, training and expertise plus the local Wexford touch to their friendly and efficient customer service which includes:

• Free Hearing Screenings

• 5 Year Warranty

• State-of-the-art Digital Hearing Aids

• Complimentary aftercare

• Free batteries for life

• 90 day no quibble money back guarantee

In 2012 Hidden Hearing was shortlisted for the Customer Care Award at the AIM Awards (run by the Marketing Institute of Ireland).Over the past three years Hidden Hearing Wexford have provided over 4,000 free hearing tests for Wexford residents, and the branch has grown it’s visitor numbers and appointments each year since opening.

Hidden Hearing at Redmond Square, Wexford are promoting better hearing healthcare by developing even closer links with all the GP’s across Wexford County. Enda says “with even a mild hearing loss people can feel very frustrated and even isolated in normal social gatherings, and now with the major advances in Hearing Aid technology available to us in Hidden Hearing, every day we are helping more and more people lead fuller, more active and happier lives conversing with their family and friends”.

Call 053 912 3676 now to make an appointment or  visit to book your free hearing test today. We also publish a number of reference booklets like the popular How do we hear?

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Summer can be harmful to hearing

the_week_in_pictures_18-slide-27With summer in full swing, many people across the country are enjoying the warmer weather.  Summer conjures up images of long sunny evenings, splashing around at the beach and music festivals.  It can however, be one of the noisiest seasons and many summertime activities can pose a threat to your hearing health.  Here at Hidden Hearing we’ve put together some top hearing health tips to protect your ears during the sunny season:


Weed out bad habits in the garden

Gardening is a big activity at this time of year and power tools are one of the most prevalent devices.  They’re also hazardous to hearing health.  Lawn mowers have a sound of above 90 decibels whereas a power saw can produce a sound exceeding 110 decibels.  Whatever power tools you are using be sure to wear proper ear protection when using them.


Music Matters

Summer music festivals and concert tours swing into action as the weather heats up.  That means sweet sounds but also stress of the ears.  Take precautions before you head to the venue.  These include carrying earplugs and noise-dampening headphones, as well as avoiding standing next to the loud speakers at the side of the stage.


The plane truth

Up to one in three airline passengers suffers throbbing pain in the middle ear, a dullness of hearing, or a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the ear canal on takeoff or landing. Most ear pain when flying results from changes in cabin pressure.   For a comfortable trip suck on a sweet, yawn to keep your Eustachian tube open, stay hydrated and avoid falling asleep.


Don’t let swimmer’s ear dampen your summer fun

Swimmer’s ear is a common but painful summertime ailment.  Before taking the plunge remember these simple steps: wear a swimming hat to cover your ears and make sure ear canals are clear of water after swimming, bathing and showering by drying your ears with a towel or tilting your head to each side to allow water to escape.


Be proactive about hearing health

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



Keeping those tag rugby injuries at bay

tag_rugby_2012_week_8_0044_okKeeping those tag rugby injuries at bay

By Alison Quinn

I’m thinking of taking up tag rugby as a fun way to keep fit and also meet people. But I’m a little worried about picking up injuries. I’m never really played team sports before. Any advice?


Tag rugby is now one of the biggest participation sports in Ireland and with mixed teams and a social element also attached; it has become very popular with both men and women, young and old, regardless of their interest in rugby.

For the uninitiated, tag Rugby is a non-contact sports with players wearing velcro shorts, to which are attached two ‘tags’, when one of these is pulled off you have been tackled and have to stop!

Great fun and great exercise.

However, despite being a non-contact sport tag rugby, like any sport, is not without injury-risk for the players. Certainly injuries of the shoulder, neck and back would be less common than in contact sports but that is not to say that injuries do not occur.

With a lot of running and quick changes of movement comes the risk of twisted ankles, twisted knees and muscle strains. The ‘tag’ element of the game, which replaces the contact of full rugby, ironically introduces its own specific range of hand and finger injuries. The range of injuries is quite broad with regard to tag rugby and this is the same for all sports involving running with a lot of twisting and turning.

Tag rugby includes quick starts and stops so there is always a risk of straining muscles particularly the hamstrings. The hamstring acts as a brake when slowing down from a fast run. This type of injury may occur suddenly and be felt as a sharp pain in the back of the thigh usually requiring the player to come off the field. Alternatively it may occur over a period of time from fatigue. In this case the player may be able to play on but they notice that their speed isn’t what it used to be.

Players can also experience cramping in their calf muscles which can be a result of a number of factors; from a lack of proper hydration to simply inflexible calf muscles.

Injuries that are specific to tag rugby include wrist and finger injuries. If the ‘tag’ is not pulled firmly there is a danger of one of the fingers, usually the little finger, catching against the clothing of the opposition and causing a sprain or even a fracture. If the ‘tag’ is missed, a player can fall on an outstretched hand which can result in a wrist sprain or fracture.

As with all sports, some injuries are due to bad luck and cannot be avoided but there are some handy tips to keep your injuries to a minimum during your season.

Most players have been sitting at a desk before they play their match, so ensure you warm up before play to increase blood flow to the muscles and prepare the body for activity.

Muscle strains and joint sprains can occur when the body has cooled down and then has to increase activity quickly. Jog a few laps of the pitch before the game and very importantly before the next round of matches. Injury can occur when there is a bit of fatigue from a previous game coupled with a cool-down period. A warm-up as described above is generally better before exercise than a stretching regime.

Stretch at the end of your tag rugby evening to improve the range of motion in the joints and muscles. The type of stretches needed depends on what muscles tend to be tight and varies from person to person. You should only stretch until you feel a slight pull in the muscle. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat one to three times.

As for grabbing hold of those elusive ‘tags’, try to take a firm grip of the ‘tag’ in order to minimise getting some of your fingers caught in the opposition’s clothing.

Finally, if you are going into a tag rugby season with an old injury that has not resolved or you are aware of a recurring weakness, it is worth getting the area assessed by a chartered physiotherapist who will guide you through appropriate rehabilitation in order that you get the most out of your game.


Alison Quinn is Head of Physiotherapy at the Sports Surgery Clinic

You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 882884 or visit