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Tue, Aug 13 10:40am · Sharing the burden of hearing loss in Hearing Loss

It is covered, but largely ignored and rarely enforced. You can, however, get a handicapped parking tag for everything under the sun for you 4WD off-road truck that requires steps to get into.

Sat, Aug 10 5:49am · Sharing the burden of hearing loss in Hearing Loss

I work for a company that claims to care about people. They even have a department they call PDR, for, Progressive, Diverse, and Inclusive. However, I have experienced endless negativity concerning my hearing loss. Once, in a group meeting, I had to ask a company VP to repeat something more than once. She became irate and asked if I was deaf. I looked her in the eye as I removed my hearing aids and placed them on the table in front of me and replied, "I am now". I then told her she needed to speak up because we were in a large room with terrible acoustics. She became angry and cut the meeting short. Since then, I have been under constant pressure by my boss to resign. I have told him and HR that if they want me to leave, either fire me or pay me enough to make it worth my while. They can't fire me because they have no cause and I have proof of their discrimination, and, I do my job so well no matter what they throw at me. It used to bother me, but now I just do my job and enjoy the fact that my presence is such a thorn in their side. By the way, this is a huge global company and if I named it, you would be shocked because of its reputation for being such a good progressive caring company.

Sun, Aug 4 6:26pm · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

I have tried to contact Oticon. Every time I do, they brush me off. Worst customer service I have ever experienced with any product. That's why I laugh when I see their literature and it says "People First". They care zero about people.

Sun, Aug 4 9:45am · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

Don't know about Resound, but Oticon is little more than an extremely high priced amplifier. They promise the world, but deliver little more than a pebble. The ONLY thing that works as they claim is the connectivity. I can make phone calls on my iPhone and listen to music from my iPhone. Other than that, I hear nothing but noise, and very loud noise at that. On top of that, Oticon doesn't really care if their expensive amplifiers work as claimed. People First, not hardly. Money First – you bet.

Tue, Jul 23 6:34am · What's One Thing You'd Change in Getting Hearing Aids? in Hearing Loss

The one thing I would do is not get hearing aids. Yes, I had a mild hearing loss. Yes, it was difficult to understand some people. Yes, I had some tinnitus. After hearing aids, my hearing loss has progressed to profound in 3 years, and my tinnitus is so loud it prevents me from sleeping. Every audiologist I see, just shrugs and says the aids are working fine. My hearing with hearing aids is less than it was before hearing aids. I can no longer go to concerts, church services, sporting events, or any type of social gathering because the loud noises at these places are very painful, even without my hearing aids. ALL music is out as it sounds tinny and out of tune. I have had to quit the church choir and the band I was part of for 30 years. Conversations I used to have a hard time hearing are now not just hard, but impossible. I can no longer hunt or fish or enjoy the outdoors. My co-workers have withdrawn from me because I have to continually ask them to repeat what they said. Meetings are a horror. Movies are impossible. TV is a waste of time unless I just want to watch sporting events without hearing the commentary. My family thinks I am crazy and is trying to get me to go see a mental health professional. What do I regret – getting hearing aids.

Fri, Jul 19 10:43am · Do hearing aids damage ears? Is the helping hurting in the long run? in Hearing Loss

What makes it more frustrating is most "professionals" have no clue how hearing loss affects you. Even if you tell them in great detail, they cannot imagine what you are going through. Like car salesmen, they just want to sell you a product.

Thu, Jul 18 6:30am · Living with Prostate Cancer: Meet others & introduce yourself in Prostate Cancer

I was diagnosed in May, 2007 and had a radical prostatectomy. I was very fortunate in that the cancer had not spread and I have been cancer free since July, 2007.