Graham Walker with colleagues Amy O'Flaherty (left) and Olivia O'Brien, at the Walker Hearing Clinic, based at Mellerick's Pharmacy, 24 Patrick Street, Fermoy.

Hearing is important to your overall health and wellbeing, contributing to your safety, balance, work and social life. Hearing loss is emerging as one of the biggest health issues effecting older people around the world today.

As we live and work longer, our ability to hear is crucial to our mental health, wellbeing and  quality of life. The HSE estimates that 8% of Irish adults have a ‘significant disabling’ hearing loss.

There are many reasons why you may acquire a hearing loss including getting older (presbycusis), exposure to loud noise, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, genetic causes, chronic ear infections or ototoxic medications.

Whatever the reason, hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of and if you suspect you have a problem, you should get it checked out for the sake of your overall health and wellbeing.

Here in The Avondhu area, Walker Hearing Clinic in Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy has been providing the very best of care for the local community for over six years.

Clinical audiologist, Graham Walker, established the Fermoy branch of Walker Hearing Clinic in 2013 offering the highest quality hearing aids and services to the people of North East Cork and West Waterford.

Walker Hearing Clinic is one of very few hearing clinics in Ireland that is 100% Irish owned and truly independent with no affiliations to the large UK manufacturers, with complete freedom to supply the latest hearing aids. 

Walker Hearing Clinic, which has its head office in the Consultants Private Clinic on the grounds of the Cork University Hospital, has continued to grow over the last number of years.

They have just opened a newly refurbished, purpose-built audiology clinic in Mellerick’s Pharmacy and they are proud of the longstanding link and close relationship with Mellerick Opticians and Pharmacy.

The clinic, which is managed locally by Olivia O’Brien, provides services including diagnostic hearing tests, wax removal via micro-suction, rechargeable hearing aids and hearing protection services.

Walker Hearing Clinic works closely with local GPs and health care professionals and patients can be referred or make a self-referral by booking through the pharmacy.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy on 025-31501. You can also call the main Cork office on 021-494-1375.