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(Medical Xpress)   Poor hearing confines older adults to their homes, makes them easier prey when the robots come   (medicalxpress.com) divider line 21
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2014-08-06 09:49:31 AM
Three Laws of Robotics:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

4) A robot must SPEAK THE F*CK UP.
 
2014-08-06 09:50:14 AM
Three Laws of Robotics *amended, that should say.
 
2014-08-06 10:16:23 AM
WHAT?
 
2014-08-06 10:23:37 AM
so that's why Amelia Earhart hid in that attic for so long, she was deaf.
 
2014-08-06 10:26:10 AM
As a non-elderly person with crappy hearing, this is true not just for old people. I don't like social events because I can rarely hear what's going on. Standing in the corner smiling and nodding gets old fast.
 
2014-08-06 10:29:41 AM
,and they will.
 
2014-08-06 10:36:55 AM
The connection between hearing loss and social isolation is well established.  Hearing loss is also associated with increased dementia, risk of falls, feelings of insecurity, fear of safety, and many other things.

Social withdrawal leads to clinical depression, which manifests itself in frustration and anger.  Show me a grumpy old man, and I'll show you a man with a hearing impairment.  Every time.

/professional Earguy
 
2014-08-06 10:58:09 AM

Earguy: The connection between hearing loss and social isolation is well established.  Hearing loss is also associated with increased dementia, risk of falls, feelings of insecurity, fear of safety, and many other things.

Social withdrawal leads to clinical depression, which manifests itself in frustration and anger.  Show me a grumpy old man, and I'll show you a man with a hearing impairment.  Every time.

/professional Earguy


And as I learned from the article about the NPR intern, deaf people are as hateful and twisted as Gollum, or perhaps Daleks.
 
2014-08-06 11:25:43 AM
So, if you can't hear or see, you tend to not go out much. Let me make note of that.
 
2014-08-06 11:35:38 AM

Schmerd1948: So, if you can't hear or see, you tend to not go out much. Let me make note of that.


Obvious results seem obvious, true.  But in a world where Medicare doesn't cover hearing aids, and people decline to buy hearing aids and without realizing it, separate themselves from loved ones and activities that they enjoy...the point needs to be made.  Many many doctors don't even screen for hearing loss, or ask about hearing loss unless they can't hold a conversation with the doctor in a small room.  By then, the hearing loss has progressed to the moderately severe range.  And if the doctor does ask, "how's your hearing?" the patient will deny any problem.

Imagine if your doctor asked you, "how's your blood sugars?  Blood pressure? Eating right?" and didn't run any tests to confirm them.  That's where we are with hearing.  Unless the problem is screaming in your face, it doesn't even get checked.  And for those who have identified hearing loss, 80% do nothing about it.
 
2014-08-06 11:35:55 AM
Please stand by the stairs.  I am here to protect you.
 
2014-08-06 11:36:19 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: WHAT?


I SAID, POOR HEARING CONFINES OLDER ADULTS TO THEIR HOMES.
 
2014-08-06 11:41:01 AM
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/hot
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2014-08-06 11:42:30 AM

deeproy: /hot
//and oblig


Came for this, leaving satisfied
 
2014-08-06 11:55:41 AM

Polish Hussar: deeproy: /hot
//and oblig

Came for this, leaving satisfied


I can't believe it took as long as it did.


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2014-08-06 12:05:47 PM

PirateKing: As a non-elderly person with crappy hearing, this is true not just for old people. I don't like social events because I can rarely hear what's going on. Standing in the corner smiling and nodding gets old fast.


Same here.  My hearing isn't even that bad, but if I'm not wearing my hearing aids I find myself withdrawing from social interactions because devoting the attention needed to stay engaged is just really taxing.
 
2014-08-06 12:16:51 PM

Earguy: And for those who have identified hearing loss, 80% do nothing about it.


Sticker shock has a lot to do with that, I'm sure.  I try to upgrade my devices every 3 to 5 years, and it feels like the prices have doubled every time I go.  I paid $1,400 per ear last time, and (from what little research I've done) it seems I got off easy.  Insurance has almost never covered mine, so I can easily see someone who's being told they need to fork over $3k to hear better saying, "no thanks; I've been getting along just fine."

Granted, the devices are MILES ahead of where they were 10 years ago (much less what I had to deal with 30 years ago).
 
2014-08-06 12:57:29 PM
So, what they are saying is we should stop giving old people hearing aids and bast loud music at them as much as possible?

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2014-08-06 03:35:02 PM
I can't wait for the sweet bliss of hearing loss.

I have to go now. My wife needs me to open a jar or some shiat.
 
2014-08-06 03:42:21 PM
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2014-08-06 11:56:21 PM
Gosh darnit! I'm going for my appointment next week. This is relevant.....

I'm tired of saying, "What?!?" to my kid, girlfriend, coworkers, friend.... etc.
 
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