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Repost: bicros hearing aids

Jeffrey G. Sirianni sirianni at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU
Fri Dec 1 09:14:21 EST 1995

Repost of email received from Julie Shaw (jshaw at ix.netcom.com)

>This is my first time in this group as I am new to the net but I was 
>interested in what you had to say about CROS aids.  I wear CROS aids 
>and have for 3 years now.  I am an E.R. nurse from Ohio and was 
>involved in an auto accident that left me with profound hearing loss in 
>one ear (from a perilymph fistula sustained when I hit my head on the 
>door frame).  As you can imagine, working in a loud, busy E.R. hearing 
>rehab was quite a challenge (one that I am still working on).  Without 
>my CROS aids I cannot communicate with anyone I cannot see.  I cannot 
>locate where they are speaking from or distinguish enough words in some 
>cases to get meaning from sentances.  Figuring out which patient's 
>heart monitor is alarming is an impossibility.  All of things are 
>essential for me to work in an environment that is fast paced and in 
>some cases life dependent.  My CROS aids help me hear sounds I would 
>otherwise miss as well as locate sound direction some.  I take them out 
>to use a stethoscope (which is also amplified thanks to Starkey) and 
>can tell as soon as someone starts to talk to me or a patient alarm 
>goes off if I have forgotten to put them back in immediately.  I have 
>one normal ear and one ear that is essentially useless to me.  I am 
>always amazed at the extent it affects my life.  My CROS aids 
>definitely add to my communication abilities.  If you know anyone who 
>is a nurse or doctor and has experiences similar to mine I would love 
>to hear from you.  I don't like the way my stethoscope functions and am 
>always looking for improvements.  Thanks for your time.
>Julie S.
>Cincinnati, Ohio
* Jeff Sirianni                        *
* University of Texas at Austin        *
* Communication Sciences and Disorders *
*                                      *
* sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu           *
* jgsaudio at aol.com                     *

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