Let’s ‘ear’ it for Frankie after lucky tumour discovery!

first_imgBallybofey man Frankie Quinn is singing ‘thank you for the music’ after the local Specsavers hearing team made a clever detection that changed his life for the better.When the audiology team at Letterkenny suggested that Frankie Quinn had a hearing screening after his routine eye test, his life was transformed.He did have some hearing issues, but he didn’t know that a noncancerous tumour was part of the problem until that hearing test. Frankie, aged 65, is very active in his community and a keen member of a music band and drama group. Although he didn’t consider his hearing loss a significant health issue, he realised following his diagnosis that he had been suffering in silence. Like many people, Frankie often had to lean over the table to hear a conversation properly or rely on one ear to hear music properly.Audiologist Martina McNulty detected a distinct decline in hearing function and he was later diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma.“Hindsight is a great thing. I only realised what I had been missing out on after being fitted with my first hearing aid,” says Frankie. Patient Frankie Quinn and Specsavers Letterkenny Audiology Director Martina McNultyDuring Frankie’s first hearing screening, Martina discovered that there was a noticeable hearing loss in Frankie’s right ear in comparison to his left ear. She referred him to a GP and from there he was sent to a specialist ENT in Letterkenny and then in Dublin. Frankie’s specialist diagnosed an acoustic neuroma in his right ear, a growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve, and is monitoring him regularly. Thankfully Frankie’s growth is noncancerous and has not worsened. The specialist wrote to Specsavers Letterkenny to congratulate them on their referral, as the onset of Frankie’s acoustic neuroma may have been missed if Martina did not carry out a full screening.Frankie could not praise Martina McNulty and the team at Specsavers Letterkenny enough for changing his life for the better. Patient Frankie Quinn and Specsavers Letterkenny Audiology Director Martina McNultyFrankie says: “Martina was so welcoming and supportive. The team showed empathy. They were professional and thorough in testing and fitting me with my hearing aid. I can now hear music clearly. “I was afraid my condition may have shortened my life as a singer, but I am now a choir singer and feeling confident. “My acoustic neuroma could have been life threatening and I would have been none the wiser if the Specsavers audiology team didn’t carry out a full hearing screening.”Martina fitted Frankie with a small and discreet hearing aid, using technology best suited to his needs. Frankie is very much a welcomed visitor to Specsavers Letterkenny for his hearing aid adjustments and check-ups. After improving his hearing and quality of life, his message to family and friends is: Get the checks and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.Let’s ‘ear’ it for Frankie after lucky tumour discovery! was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:frankie quinnlast_img read more

Doing justice to Brand Africa

first_img16 September 2010The inaugural Brand Africa Forum, a one-day summit of pan-African decision-makers in media, business and nation branding, hosted by Brand South Africa, takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg today.According to Brand South Africa, the forum aims to “leverage and extract sustainable learnings from the successful 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the reputation, image and competitiveness of Africa – for Africa, by Africa.”Speakers will include Dambiso Moyo, a former Goldman Sachs economist and author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa; and Simon Anholt, a leading authority on managing and measuring national identity and author of Brand New Justice, Brand America and Competitive Identity – The New Brand Management for Nations, Cities and Regions.Speaking of Africa’s brand in the global marketplace, Anholt has said: “Brand Africa, with its simple message of ongoing catastrophe, is promoted by aid agencies, international organizations, donor governments and aid celebrities like Bob Geldof and Bono … not as 53 countries in various stages of development and struggle for independent existence and identity, but as a uniform, hopeless basket-case.”It is this image of Africa – which fails to reflect the continent’s economic diversity, and the optimism that goes with rising investment, growth and stability – that the Brand Africa Forum will seek to change.The forum will be broadcast to 41 sub-saharan African countries on CNBC Africa, a DSTV channel that reports on business in Africa from an African perspective.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more