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26 seconds ago · Staying Connected with Assistive Technology for Hearing Loss: Meet @juieo4 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

I think some of that kind of thing is a "spousal" issue. My wife (of 45 years) has (I think) good hearing, but she frequently fails to hear me. I get the feeling that she hears me but her head hears "Oh – that's just Jim talking". Sort of a passive dismissal thing. Or maybe it is just old people who are unable to deal more than one thought at at time.

But the same thing in reverse – I can't hear her in the usual situations like when she is in a different room, or facing the wall, or washing dishes etc. I have given up asking her not to do that because it just causes trouble. Sometimes when she says something that I didn't hear and I ask her to repeat she replies "Oh, I was talking to myself" or "I was talking to the dog". – Maybe the dog was talking to her and I just didn't hear it. Who knows?

14 minutes ago · Staying Connected with Assistive Technology for Hearing Loss: Meet @juieo4 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Our meeting has been MY pleasure Julie. To answer your question I chose the name "arrowshooter" because my other name "JungleJim" was already taken. So, Yes I have been addicted to archery (target archery) since high school. I hunt with my bow a little bit, but I'm not serious about it.

So where is your place in Northern MN? I have a son living in Baxter.

4 hours ago · Staying Connected with Assistive Technology for Hearing Loss: Meet @juieo4 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Knowing Julie personally is a pleasure and seeing this interview is icing on the cake. I've met her at a couple of conventions and communicated with her by e-mail. I happy she got the recognition she deserves.

I also have hearing loss and Julie has inspired to be more active in advocating for the hearing loss community. She has helped by editing my writing and suggesting avenues of approach. Julie didn't mention a lot of things she has done to help other people, but she is the kind of person who just helps out so willingly.

3 days ago · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

They are specific to iPhone or android.

4 days ago · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Yes, I am a founding member of the Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter. Don and I know each other. I was at that first (unscheduled) meeting of veterans at the Minneapolis Convention. I think that was Don's idea.

4 days ago · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Yes, Julie, I understand that VA is different – in many ways. But I guess my point is that I was very happy with what I ended up with even though it took almost forever. The other point I make applies to ALL audiology patients and that is YOU MUST BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE.

4 days ago · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

In regard to returning hearing aids, my answer is no problem. I have returned hearing aids I got from VA and it was well beyond the trial period. The VA audiologist tried repeatedly to adjust them and finally gave up but that was after the trial period ended. No problem. They were replaced by a different brand. AND I returned that pair because they did not have t-coils and received yet another pair of new hearing aids. I got 3 new pair inside of 6 months.