It’s time to wrap up well and protect your hearing – book a free hearing test today

rby-cold-weather-hair-jessica-simpson-mdnWinter is a time for many people, young and old to take varying degrees of action to safeguard and enhance health, and the same applies to hearing healthcare, so there’s no better time than now to book a free hearing test with Hidden Hearing.

We spoke to  Ben Owen Audiologist  in the Marlboro Street, Cork – Branch of Hidden Hearing. Ben Described how “the ear is an amazing but delicate piece of hardware that is in constant use”. He went on to describe how we rely on our hearing to carry out the most basic of human tasks but it also is responsible for one of our most primal needs – that of communication and connection with our community, thus its vital role in our physical and emotional health.

Winter months and plummeting temperatures can have repercussions for hearing as the ears can become chilled and rather painful. As great deal of heat is lost from the body via the head, it is advisable to wear a woolly hat or wrap a scarf around your ears to prevent earache.

The common cold is a frequent complaint in winter and in severe cases can cause or effect sinusitis. Acute and chronic sinusitis can lead to temporary hearing loss which is not only debilitating if not treated but chronic sinusitis in particular can lead to developing permanent hearing conditions.

Dolores Madden, Director of Marketing with Hidden Hearing has this advice ‘Certain ailments and cold weather can have the knock on effect of causing hearing problems, the best thing to do is to call your local Hidden Hearing branch for a free hearing screening to examine the issue. Sometimes the problem can be as simple as removing ear wax- which is a free service we offer to the over 60’s.”

For more information on how to protect your hearing this winter and for details of the free hearing screening and wax removal offers see or call 1800 370 000.

Keeping Up With. . . . . Hearing Loss


Bruce Jenner’s Hearing Loss Leads To Brain Tumor Scare On Kardashians

Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘ beloved patriarch Bruce Jenner‘s hearing loss led to a brain tumor scare for the Olympic legend.

That’s what viewers found out on Sunday night’s episode of the family’s E! show, when the former decathlete went to the doctor after driving wife Kris Jenner and the kids crazy by blasting the TV and not being able to hear their conversations. When Bruce checked out his hearing loss, however, he got the shock of his life — an ear growth was discovered and he had to undergo an MRI to rule out a brain tumor.

But luckily, the sports hero, 63, is going to be just fine. With Kris, Kim and Khloe Kardashian by his side at Dr. Rick Friedman‘s office, Bruce learned he didn’t have a tumor. “Your MRI is clear. Your brain’s good,” Dr. Friedman said, as Bruce’s relieved family members cheered. The doctor said Bruce just needed a hearing aid.

The proud Olympian sighed, “I don’t want it to be seen,” but when his doctor recommended a tiny one, Bruce said he would consider the idea.

Bruce claimed although his hearing wasn’t as sharp as it used to be, it was good enough. However, Kim convinced Bruce’s older son, Brandon Jenner, to pressure him on the issue, and the athlete admitted to Brandon irritably, “I have to get it checked out.”

Dr. Friedman said he had a substantial decline in high frequency sound, then said he had a growth in his ear. But everything ended well for the famous dad!

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

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



Ten ways to recognise hearing loss

hearing-loss_0Take a look at the 10 most common indicators of hearing loss and see if you recognise any.

  • Problems hearing over the telephone?
  • Trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
  • Do you turn the TV volume up too high?
  • Strain to understand conversation?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
  • Asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
  • Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you or a loved one answered yes to three or more of the above questions, you may want to make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as wax in your ears. Hearing loss due to noise exposure is preventable by wearing adequate ear protection and turning the volume down.

There is no cure for some hearing losses yet. However, current hearing aid technology is amazing. You can connect your hearing aids to your cell phone, your iPod, your baby monitor, your doorbell, your television, etc. The technology offers significant help in noisy backgrounds, in meetings, or wherever your life brings 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 – ‘Investing in excellence’ with a new training centre in Citywest, Dublin

130218_N1_037-(2)At Hidden Hearing we are committed to providing you with the best hearing healthcare possible, which includes recruiting, training and providing continuing education for our team of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers, whose job it is to assess and advise the best options for your hearing health.

With this objective in mind, we have designed a state-of-the-art training centre at our headquarters in Citywest, which is the leading training centre for audiology in Ireland, featuring the latest equipment and technology.

We are recognised as a leader in education and advanced training and we have a policy of staff undertaking continuous training courses, involving the very latest in audiological data and research.  Our professional and experienced training team provides theoretical and practical knowledge not only on issues relating to the ear and hearing loss, but testing and fitting techniques, the latest technological improvements, methodologies for improving hearing aid performance as well as broader knowledge such as interpersonal communication and customer service.

A special emphasis is placed on continued professional development to ensure that Hidden Hearing audiologists and dispensers are kept abreast of new technologies and advancements in hearing healthcare. We fly in specialists from around the world to deliver lectures and discussion forums on all aspects of hearing health.

Through our new high-tech facilities, we can ensure that our team has the expertise, training and experience needed to provide not only the most technically accurate evaluations, care recommendations and hearing aid fittings, but the most satisfying patient-care experience too. So you can be sure that when you have a consultation with a member of the Hidden Hearing team, you’re speaking to a hearing healthcare expert with the highest standard of training.

Maureen Nolan reveals how her sister’s health fight inspired her to sort out her hearing problems

The Nolan sisters are no strangers to tragedy and trauma. Between them they have endured difficult childhoods, infidelity, domestic violence and divorce.

And now they are facing their biggest ordeal of all as Bernie bravely confronts the final stages of breast cancer.

The+Nolan+SistersIt’s a situation that has focused the minds of all the girls – and left one of them, Maureen, determined to tackle a health problem that has been blighting her life: deafness

‘Seeing Bernie so poorly has made me more aware than ever that we should do what we can to look after ourselves and make sure we live life to the full,’ she explains.

‘I feel so blessed that hearing is my only health problem, which is entirely in my control to fix and can be easily resolved.’

Maureen, 58, says her problems date back to the early days of the sisters’ singing career. ‘I have just 50 per cent hearing in my right ear,’ she reveals. ‘I remember doing a 1960s rock ’n’ roll tour and being deaf every night when I came off stage, with a hissing in my ear.

‘I have been subjected to such massive noise through work – you’ve no idea how loud it could be on stage, even performing in the working men’s clubs when we were kids.’ You wouldn’t know it to look at her, but Maureen has two new hearing aids that she says have transformed her life.

 With her beauty, youthful looks and glamorous make-up and hair, Maureen certainly crushes the stereotype of a hearing-aid wearer as elderly and debilitated.

‘I know there’s a stigma about wearing hearing aids but I don’t understand why,’ she says. ‘I don’t mind mine at all – with these new models, you can’t see them at all anyway.’


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

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Tips on communicating with someone with hearing loss

people_diningEnjoying a good conversation can be a tremendous challenge if your friend or loved one has hearing loss.  One in six people in Ireland have some form of hearing loss and many will avoid social occasions or have difficulty at work because they struggle to follow conversations.  This can lead to people becoming isolated and socially withdrawn.


Constantly translating, raising your voice and repeating yourself may seem helpful but in reality you can quickly become frustrated and may also prevent the person with the hearing loss from realising the extent of their hearing problem.


Below is a list of simple communication tips to avoid excluding or making life more difficult for those with hearing loss.

  • Make sure you have the person’s attention before you start speaking.
  • Places with good lighting (so that you can be lipread) and little or no background noise are best for conversations.
  • Face the person so you can be lipread and speak clearly, using plain language, normal lip movements and facial expressions.
  • Check whether the person understands what you are saying and, if not, try saying it in a different way.
  • Speak clearly, slowly, distinctly, but naturally.
  • Avoid talking too rapidly or using sentences that are too complex.
  • Keep your hands away from your face while talking.
  • Keep your voice down as it’s uncomfortable for a hearing aid user if you shout and it looks aggressive.

We would encourage everyone to follow the above communication tips and help remove unnecessary barriers preventing people with hearing loss from joining in everyday fun conversations or important discussions.  Also, if you are concerned about a loved one’s hearing loss encourage them to avail of a free hearing test from their local Hidden Hearing branch.  Freephone 1800 370 000 or