About DrSound
Joined June 2017
Retired Research Physical Scientist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where I conducted research from large field studies to tight laboratory studies focused on the effects of noise on hearing and the prevention of occupational hearing loss. Supervised the Hearing Loss Prevention team of audiologists, physicists, psychologists, and engineers that lead the way, both domestically and internationally, in hearing loss prevention initiatives. I have over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, as well as presentations at national and international conferences. I held two patents. Prior to that I worked in the private sector for six years in the manufacturing and marketing of medical diagnostic equipment and hearing aids. Before that I was a tenured associate professor of Audiology at Northern Illinois University preceded by being an assistant professor of Audiology at Arizona State University. I also consult for manufactures of audio equipment and safety equipment and I consider myself to be an audiophile on a hobbyist budget.
I had to take medical retirement in 2005 due to flare up of an old back injury following a failed surgery. I just completed surviving back surgeries 11, 12, and 13. I have become somewhat of an expert, from the consumers’ point of view, on the state of delivery of medical services, adequacy of records keeping and their impact on the delivery of medical care, and expenses covered by insurance and those that are left to the consumer that once were covered by insurance.
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Hi John,
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Just wanted to shoot you a quick message and see how things were going thus far John? I am here to help if you ever need a hand with anything, just holler!

PS. Also, quick reminder. Today is the last day to get your first month discount/bonuses. No rush, no worries. Just a simple reminder here. :)
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Interesting background - my step daughter is at Northern Illinois now and taking some type of physical therapy and working with the athletic teams. I am a Miami U person and have been to NIU several times to watch rugby - one of my old teammates coached all these years until last year.

Hearing question - I see all this internet stuff about so-called "cures" for tinnitus. Is there anything that works???

I see lots of "so called" studies with differing causes and treatments for it.

My background is varied but I have spent lots of time with nutrition and natural cures - plus looking at all the toxins in foods and products - I wonder if they help contribute to the hearing problems.

Sorry for the strange questions - I read your profile and found it quite unusual and interesting compared to most of us.

I really just stopped by to welcome you to WA. Hope you enjoy it.

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I taught at NIU from 1979 to 1982. I would have stayed on but for the fact that we were entering our second year with no pay increases due to the inability of the state legislature to pass a budget and entering yet another no NO contacts. I was offered a job in the private sector, in Austin, TX, no less, for twice the money. My department chair and the dean were unable to offer up even a penny more. Leaving a tenured position caused many in my department to wonder what I was thinking, but money was the driver. I enjoyed being at NIU. Many of the faculty there at my time are still friends and most of my graduate students have stayed in touch. In fact, you know you are getting older when your former students are considering retirement. One colleague from then went on to become dean of the college in which your step daughter is now a student. He still still lives in DeKalb as his children are all still there and his wife, as is the case with mine, won't leave her grandchildren.

Tinnitus is a complex problem with many causes. For those with noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus is often part of the package. Often, if there are indicated. tinnitus will be diminished while the aids are worn. I've had patients who wore their hearing aids 24/7 to reduce the tinnitus. Others have found tinnitus maskers, hearing aid like devices that introduce noise into the ear to "hide" the tinnitus are more acceptable than the tinnitus.

As to supplements, results vary. Generally high doses of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E along with 4000 mg of fish oil daily can help. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can help as well. NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxin, and the like can also contribute to tinnitus., But, the outcomes are individual. I have a friend who has used high doses of aspirin for years for arthritis and who has neither hearing loss nor tinnitus.

My advice to seek out an audiologist who specializes in the assessment of tinnitus and then take it from there. It's a real problem that those without it don't appreciate.

Some folks have even committed suicide, or attempt to, because of their tinnitus. We lost a talented jazz pianist and professor music at Ohio State University to suicide over his tinnitus and associated diplacusis = hearing the same note as two different pitches between ears. William Shantner attempted suicide because of his tinnitus.

Good luck with it.
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Interesting information - I am adjusted to the noise for the most part - and can tune it out usually. My hearing is declining as I age - I might try some of the supplements you suggested - have not gone for aids just yet - have no health insurance at the moment - but I know the expense can be a large as my 92 year old mother uses them.

Thank you so much for the response - I appreciate it. Hope you do well here at WA. You have lots to offer people with your background and knowledge.

I have several step kids and my adult children - I worry about their long term hearing as they are almost always attached to some headphones or ear buds. I have to expect they will have problems going forward. They also never listen to us "old people's advice".

Thanks again

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I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Just thought I would check in and see how things are going with you! I hope all is well and you are enjoying yourself here within the community.

I hope you are enjoying the training and making some wonderful progress! Please do touch base with me if you ever need a hand with anything or are feeling stuck, I am here to help John. :)