On the front page of the LIVING section of today's Omaha World-Herald
there is a wonderful article entitled, "President Clinton may lead the
way to greater acceptance of hearing aids." It is 4 COLUMNS WIDE and
covers two-thirds of the front page - complete with very large pictures
of a hearing aid and President Clinton cupping his hand up to his ear
trying to hear. It was written by an Omaha World-Herald staff writer,
Doug Thomas. It continues on the back page of that section under the
heading, "Clinton's Problem May Be Boost For Hearing Aids."
Shades of 1983, second verse! Let's hope the word spreads and the rest
of the media follows through! Publicity like this is many times better
than all that FDA stuff I read back in 1993! There are thousands of
hearing-impaired people who don't seek help because there is too much
negative talk, like "Beltone is bad," and "Miracle Ear is awful," "That
audiologist is incompetent," and "All hearing aid dealers are crooks."
Comments like these are like a mirror, they reflect back on the person
and the person's profession saying them. Result: the people who hear and
believe these comments, whether they come from a dealer, a lay person or
an audiologist, are condemned to a lifetime of deafness.
Thanks, President Clinton!
Paul Woodard ;-)
(And I'm a Republican. ;-)
Two quotes from the article: "Today's haring aids are pricier -
typically $750 to $3,000 per ear..." and Dr. Donald Frey of Creighton
University is quoted, "As far as I know there's never been a study
demonstrating that routine audiometric hearing tests determine hearing
loss any more quickly than people simply paying attention to any
'changes' in their hearing and bringing them to the attention of a
physician." (Has such a study ever been done?)