[bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

  • From: Slythy_Tove <mcg907@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 08:21:04 -0800 (PST)


As a hard of hearing (HOH) person, we don't have it much better.  The state 
will contract with only specific vendors for specific products and you may end 
up with a hearing aid that does not really fit your needs so they get a better 
deal.  I need intense computerized programming of my aid to enable me to flip 
between three sound levels and microphone focus settings.  I ditched the 
telphone coil (which would allow me to use the phone and the hearing aid at the 
same time) just to get the extra flexibility in "live" settings. 

In order to get a portable FM system I had to go to a person 20 minutes away 
who didn't know dinkum about my hearing aid and "fitted" me with something she 
knew little about.  So I now end up going to my hearing specialist to get the 
unit worked on and she gets stuck with the work for a unit she made nothing off 
of.  At the same time, she does get my regular business for ear molds and stuff 
so I hope that offsets it a bit for them.  Now, get this - since that happened, 
they sent 2 people to my audiologist for the FM system who have to drive 20 
minutes or more to get there - so the people from Wakefield can't go to the 
local gal, they go to mine, whilest I am forced to go to Wakefield.  Is that 
whacked or what? 

What is frustrates the heck out of me is that were I legally blind, I could get 
tons of services and products like Dan does.  As a HOH person I have to fight 
for every little thing I need because the agency for the HOH/Deaf gets a tiny 
fraction of the funding for the blind.  I don't espouse cutting funding for the 
blind or partially sighted, I espouse giving equal funding for the HOH/Deaf as 
it is an equally profound problem. 

Helen Keller once opined that she missed her hearing more than her sight.  I 
was, at the time, surprised to hear that because I am so dependent upon sight 
due to my hearing problems.  As we get older all of us who can see will be 
faced with a diminution of sight and all of us who can hear will be faced with 
a diminution of hearing.  Not making resources availalble to deal with both 
issues is exceptionally short-sighted on the part of the government. 

My new hero is a visually impaired, HOH attorney in a wheelchair who is also an 
ordained minister and has two adopted children who are also in wheelchairs.  I 
figure if Carrie can do it, I can do it.  Maybe I should tell her she's my hero 
someday, eh?


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