‘Pupdate’ on Hero the Hidden Hearing Sponsored Guide Dog.

Hero - The Dog

Hero – The Dog

Hero the training dog sponsored by Hidden Hearing is now well settled in with Puppy Walker Joe.  She will stay with her Puppy Walking family for approximately twelve months until the time comes for her to start her Early Training.  At twelve weeks old Hero got her vaccinations, which means that since then she has been free to be out and about. There is so much for her to get use to. She is now travelling in the car daily. She is also learning to travel on buses and trains. Being out and about socialising with people and other animals is so important for her. She must learn to remain calm and relaxed in noisy and busy situations. She has to get use to simple commands like ‘sit’ ‘stay’ ‘down’. Her Puppy Walker makes sure Hero gets short but regular exercise every day. Hero has also started to attend Puppy Walking Classes at the National Headquarters and Training Centre. During these classes the Training Team and Puppy Walking Supervisors guide and support Puppy Walkers on how to handle and train pups correctly. Hero is a very busy and clever girl. Stay tuned to hear more on her progress in the coming weeks.

Hidden Hearing Announces Partnership with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Hidden Hearing to sponsor Guide Dog to assist an individual who is blind, vision impaired or may have Usher Syndrome

 Hidden Hearing and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind today announced a new ten year partnership which will see Hidden Hearing sponsor the training of a Guide Dog to help assist an individual who is blind, vision impaired or may have Usher Syndrome.


A leading cause of deafblindness, Usher Syndrome is a genetic disorder which affects hearing and causes progressive loss of sight from the teenage years onwards. In developed countries such as Ireland about four babies in every 100,000 births suffer from the condition, while approximately 3 to 6 per cent of all children who are deaf and another 3 to 6 per cent of children who are hard-of-hearing are affected.* 


Welcoming the new partnership, Hidden Hearing’s Marketing Manager Dolores Madden said, We are delighted to support Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and to fund the training of a Guide Dog.  Specially trained Guide Dogs from IGDB act as a constant companion and greatly help improve the quality of life of their owners.  We hope our partnership with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be beneficial for all and it is our intention to continue working with them well into the future as part of our corporate social responsibility programme.”


Commenting on Hidden Hearing’s support, Padraig MallonChief Executive of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind said, “We are very grateful to Hidden Hearing for their support in helping to cover the cost of a Guide Dog for a person who is blind, vision impaired or may have Usher Syndrome. With this dog the person will experience greater mobility, independence and a significant improvement in their quality of life.  The support of companies like Hidden Hearing, its employees and their customers is vital to our efforts to raise the funds we require to develop and deliver our life-changing services.  We have ambitious plans to train more people in 2013, this donation and the continued support of our volunteers and donors gives us the confidence that we will be in a position to achieve them.” 


The new partnership is the latest programme to be assisted by Hidden Hearing’s corporate social responsibility initiative.  In 2010 the programme aided the fundraising effort to help establish Console House in Wexford Town, which offers professional counselling to people who are suicidal and those who have been bereaved by suicide.  Hidden Hearing also funds the annual ‘Heroes Awards’ in association with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) – Ireland’s national awards honouring the achievements of those who are Deaf and hard of hearing.


Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.  Established in 1976, IGDB provides a range of training programmes such as, Orientation and Mobility Training (Long Cane), Independent Living Skills Training, The Next Step Programme (To help young adults with the transition to life in college / work) and The Companion Dog Programme along with its Guide and Assistance Dog programmes.

For further information on any of the services provided by IGDB or to see how you can help visit www.guidedogs.ie.

For further information on any of the services provided by Hidden Hearing visit www.hiddenhearing.ie 


*Source: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/usher.aspx

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 jmu@hiddenhearing.ie

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