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a plea to discuss issues

Michael Gorga GORGA at BoysTown.ORG
Tue Nov 26 15:50:03 EST 1996

I do not understand some of the attacks coming from you.
No one has questioned your right to free speech but you did, in
fact, use words that are offensive to many people.  For example,
you must know that the words "nazi" and "gestapo" generate a
great deal of emotion.  When others excercise their right to free
speech and criticize the use of these words, you interpret that
to mean that someone is trying to police your thoughts.  Nothing
could be further from the truth.

Now you suggest that the "mighty Gorga (and friends) are wrong".
First, you overestimate my influence, which, as far as I can
tell, has been negligible.  But, more importantly, I have no idea
as to what the issues are on which you think I have erred.  What
are you referring to?  The points I raised in questioning EE AuD?
My view that the scientfic foundation of the profession is
essential for its long term health?  My approach to analyzing
DPOAE data in relation to the magnitude and configuration of
hearing loss?  My view that functional gain is fraught with
problems and makes virtually no sense when used with nonlinear
hearing aids?

You have every right to disagree with anything I or anyone else
states, and you certainly can argue that I have been wrong on a
lot of things.  I can assure you that you will not be the first
person to do so.  It is not possible to have a discussion,
however, unless you state the issues on which we disagree.  I
would encourage you to make your case on all of the issues on
which I have been wrong.  I simply ask that you make your case on
the issues and not with personal attacks.  Is that too much to

Michael Gorga

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