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Since hearing is a sense that affects every aspect of our lives, hearing loss can often have a devastating effect on our relationships, school life, work life and recreation. Hearing loss is a hidden disability which leaves sufferers isolated, and leads to worsening quality of life. Though a sufferer may experience physical effects of hearing loss, it is often the emotional isolation and psychological stress that causes the greatest anxiety.  


Remember, when experiencing an issue with hearing impairment, the most positive thing to do is to seek an assessment. The sooner an accurate diagnosis is made by a diagnostic audiologist, the sooner you can receive treatment and start enjoying life again!


Ms. Jean Hegarty, Audiologist is available for consultation in Whitfield Clinic. 

  • Jean began her career as a state registered nurse developed an interest in audiology while working as Nurse Manager in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH) in Cork.
  • Jean continued to develop her knowledge of audiology and in 1992, she qualified as a diagnostic audiologist from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
  • After qualifying as a diagnostic audiologist, Jean continued to study all aspects of Audiology and qualified as a hearing therapist from UCD in 2004.
  • Jean is the President of both the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (ISHAA) and the Irish Society of Audiology (ISA)/ Irish Acadamy of Audiology (IAA).

Jean can be contacted on 051-319802 for appointments or e-mail 

Consultants in Audiology