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Trusted audiological
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We continue to welcome referrals from GP’s and Otolaryngologist’s from around the country who wish for their patients to receive the highest standard of care, advice for their hearing loss issues.
We offer several Audiological services to compliment and support a GP’s practice for hearing related issues.

Why medical professionals recommend us..

The advice comes from an Independent source rather than a hearing aid chain thus giving impartiality and choice to the patient
We offer a trial period so that the patient does not pay anything until he or she is satisfied with the improvement in their hearing
We have a documented history of excellent aftercare and follow up service
Our Audiologists are all experienced, fully qualified, insured and members of the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists ISHAA
We follow best practice guidelines and can identify sensorineural, conductive and/or mixed hearing loss and offer advanced diagnostic suites including Tympanometry / Impedance matching.
Patient reports including audiometric and Tympanometry results when requested can be made available for GP / ENT consideration to assist in any further treatment recommendations.

Truly Independent

As one of Wexford’s only truly Independent hearing healthcare practices, we have the benefit of not being owned by or tied to any one manufacturer. This means we can provide each patient the best hearing solutions to suit both their budget and individual needs from an array of the best providers.

Ongoing Advancements

Wexford Hearing is a provider of excellence in clinical practice and customer care. Our team attends on-going audiological programs to ensure continuous investigation and development to ensure that our clients have access to the most up to date advances in hearing care.

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How to refer your patient to us
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Hearing Loss and Heart Disease
Diabetes
Hearing loss and Diabetes

Refering a patient to us

  1.  Fill out the referral request form.
  2.  Email us at [email protected] with client details and we will arrange a test and give the results to the patient and a copy to referring   doctor if required.
  3.  Phone us at 1800804322
  4.  Direct the patient to wexfordhearing.ie so that they can determine for themselves if they would like to avail of a free hearing test.

 

All Hearing tests are free and advice given is impartial.

If a patient has a hearing loss that can be assisted with amplification through hearing aid technology, they will be offered a free of charge trial to determine for themselves how much benefit they receive in the comfort of their own homes.

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The Link between heart Disease & hearing loss

Studies have shown that good circulation plays a role in maintaining good hearing health. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.
That is because the delicate hair cells in the cochlea, which play an important role in translating the noise your ears collect into electrical impulses for the brain to interpret as recognizable sound, rely on good circulation. Poor circulation robs these hair cells of adequate oxygen, causing damage or destruction. Because these hair cells do not regenerate, it results in permanent hearing loss..
Research has been published that was conducted over 60 years on cardiovascular health and its influence on hearing health. Their findings confirm that impaired cardiovascular health negatively affects both the peripheral and central auditory system, especially in older adults.
Charles E. Bishop, AuD, Assistant Professor in the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology states that
"Hearing health should not be assessed in a vacuum," said Bishop. "There is simply too much evidence that hearing loss is related to cardiovascular disease and other health conditions. It's time we maximized the information we have in order to benefit the individual's overall well-being."

Hearing loss in patients with diabetes

Hearing loss is a common problem caused by aging, disease, heredity, and noise exposure.
Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Researchers have discovered that the higher rate of hearing loss in those with diabetes after analyzing the results of hearing tests given to a nationally representative sample of adults. The link between diabetes and hearing loss was evident across all frequencies, with a stronger association in the high frequency range.
Adults with pre-diabetes, whose blood glucose is higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, had a 30 percent higher rate of hearing loss compared to those with normal blood sugar tested after an overnight fast.
The study, published early online June 17, 2008, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers from the NIDDK, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), components of the NIH, and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., which provides support on public health topics to NIH and other government agencies.
Diabetes may lead to hearing loss by damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, the researchers suggest. Autopsy studies of diabetes patients have shown evidence of such damage.
"Hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. As diabetes becomes more common, the disease may become a more significant contributor to hearing loss," said senior author Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), who suggested that people with diabetes should consider having their hearing tested. "Our study found a strong and consistent link between hearing impairment and diabetes using a number of different outcomes."
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Hearing Test - The Process

All Hearing tests at Wexford Hearing are carried out by a fully qualified Audiologist to determine if you have a hearing loss and in which part of your ear the problem is located.
The testing process is straight forward and the results explained clearly. We welcome any questions. The process is as follows:

1. Case History

The first part of the test is a detailed case history to understand and evaluate your historical and current hearing issues

2. Otoscopy

An external visual examination of your ear will take place with a medical tool called an otoscope used to help determine if there are any problems in the outer portion of your ear canal which may prevent testing further (such as blockage with ear wax).

3. Tympanometry

The Audiologist may test the function of your middle ear using another diagnostic tool called a tympanometer which assesses the mobility of the ear drum and the function of the ear drum (Tympanic membrane)

4. Pure tone audiometry

Pure tone Audiometry measures the quietest sounds that you can hear at different pitches and volumes measured using insert ear phones and the results are recorded on a table called an Audiogram. This is a two-stage process and testing both Air conduction and Bone conduction. Additional procedures such as Masking and uncomfortable loudness levels may also be conducted.

5. Speech Audiometry

The Audiologist may also use a speech discrimination test to determine which parts of a word or sentence you can hear well or have difficulty with.

6. Results and recommendations

Once results have been verified the Audiologist will explain them to you and make recommendations for you. If any referable problems have been identified, then a report can be made for your GP. The Audiologist will guide you through the most appropriate solution for your needs.
The whole process should take between 60 – 75 minutes.
At Wexford Hearing we ensure that the whole process is informative and interesting. Our goal is to help you to hear better. Book a test here

Have any questions or looking for more advice or information?
Simply request a call back at a time that works best for you and one of our qualified hearing aid audiologists will be in touch to help answer any of your questions. 
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