The premise of the day was to inform visitors about hearing loss and its personal and social impacts. The prevalence of hearing loss is high, with one in six adults in Ireland suffering from hearing loss or impairment. This equates to 12,000 adults in Co. Waterford experiencing this condition, so nearly every family in Waterford is affected by, or has some experience of, hearing loss.
Rosie Mason and Mary McGee of Mason McGee Hearing have between them an extensive amount of professional experience of working in the field of hearing loss. Rosie Mason is a qualified audiologist with over 30 years’ experience in hearing testing and fitting hearing aids and Mary McGee is a qualified hearing therapist having returned from the UK after practicing there for 14 years.
The Open Day enjoyed a large turnout and the Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Mary Roche was also in attendance to meet patients of the practice and to see the facilities within the practice.
Cllr. Roche commented “I was taken aback at how many people suffer from hearing loss or impairment in Waterford. On my visit to Mason McGee Hearing I learned that not only can it be very difficult to hear in social settings or to hear above background noise, it can lead sufferers to become more reclusive, suffer fatigue and be less inclined to interact in group settings.”
“Our hearing is something that we should be more aware of and I would urge us all to seek advice and testing if there is any possibility our hearing has changed.”
Rosie Mason added “With Christmas around the corner it can be a very challenging time for our hearing. Hard-of-hearing people can find any busy or social occasion a lonely time. If you are among people but unable to follow what is said, it can be very isolating.”
Mary McGee added “Hearing loss can develop so slowly it goes un-noticed by the individual but family, friends or colleagues can be aware of difficulties much sooner.
For more information about the Mason McGee Hearing at, Manor House (entrance through John Rohan Auctioneers), Cork Road, just call 051 852918.