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The content at HearingHealthMatters.org, dba Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM), including text, graphics, images, opinions, or information obtained from links, is provided for informational purposes only. This content should not be considered by anyone as a substitute for medical or other hearing health professional diagnosis, treatment, advice, or recommendations.

HHTM is not involved in retail sales and/or support. If you have a question about a hearing-related product or service, we recommend that you contact the provider you purchased it from, the manufacturer, or another relevant source.

Comments Policy

To reply to a post, click on the post title, or the “Leave a Comment” or “Comments” link in the author byline above or below the post. We encourage readers to reply to any and all posts that appear on our blogs.  The more we receive the more interesting the site will be. Critical comments (as well as positive or neutral) are generally acceptable, but personal attacks or offensive language are out of bounds. Plugs or pans of specific companies and products are only acceptable in advertorial sections.  While we’ll give priority to responses from people who identify themselves by name, other comments may also appear. Editors will decide which comments run on their blogs.

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HearingHealthMatters.org authorizes and encourages readers to view or download copies of the material on the site solely for personal, noncommercial use, provided that the following copyright notice is attached: “Copyright (c) Hearing Health  & Technology Matters. All rights reserved.”  Include also identification information related to author(s), affiliation(s), and the Web site of origin – HearingHealthMatters.org.

All content on the Site is copyright protected by USA and foreign laws. Title to the Content remains with Hearing Health & Technology Matters. Any use of the content not expressly permitted here is a breach of these Terms and Conditions and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. Content and written features may change without notice. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by HearingHealthMatters.org.

Hearing Health & Technology Matters will not knowingly publish false statements about another person or persons that causes that person economic or reputational harm.  Every effort will be made to verify sources as well as to internally review material prior to its being posted.

Republication Guidelines

Please contact the Editor of Hearing Health & Technology Matters for permission to republish an HHTM article, and follow these guidelines.

  • If a post is to be republished online, include the author’s name, the name of his/her blog, the post’s original publication date, the name of his/her Website, e.g. Eleanor Rigby, Editor of Hearing Health at HearingHealthMatters.org, and a link back to the original article.
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  • If published in print, credit as above but replace a link to the original article with credit to HearingHealthMatters.org.
  • If space allows, include HHTM’s logo, available on request.
  • On publication, send us a link to the post or email a copy of the print version.

NOTICE ON COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: If we find that content originally published at HHTM has been republished on another Website without permission and/or proper credit, and if the Website owners refuse to rectify the situation or remove the material, we will file requests with search engines under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove the infringing page/s from their search results.

For Advertisers

To further our mission of making reliable hearing health and related information available to the public, we accept advertising and sponsorship under strict guidelines.  We will refuse any advertisement that we believe is incompatible with our mission.  The presence of an ad on our site does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product.  Advertisers and sponsors must not make unsubstantiated health claims or suggest that HHTM has endorsed a product.  Advertising may be placed on the site adjacent to content related to advertiser or sponsor interest, and also may be targeted to users by using non-personal data.

HHTM maintains a distinct separation between advertising content and editorial content.  All advertising content is clearly labeled as an advertisement.  Sponsored areas of the site are labeled as such, and the sponsoring organizations are identified.

Links: Sponsored and Non-Sponsored

HearingHealthMatters.org contains links to other sites. Once you enter another website (whether through an advertisement or content link), HHTM is not responsible for that site’s privacy practices. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every website you visit through a link or advertisement on HHTM.

HHTM does not endorse, and is not, and cannot be, responsible for the content of third-party Web sites, that are linked to, via text links or display advertisements.  HHTM does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy.  Use of third-party sites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use described by such sites.

Legal Liability

The information at HearingHealthMatters.org is not intended to replace the services of a trained legal or health professional. No one associated with Hearing Health & Technology Matters LLC is engaged in rendering legal, psychological, health or other professional services. The editors and contributors specifically disclaim any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this Web site.

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We do not trade or sell email addresses obtained through communications with our visitors and readers. However, be aware that you are responsible for protecting the security and privacy of your own email communications with HHTM.  If you have any misgivings about disclosing highly personal information that may be read by individuals within HearingHealthMatters.org, please think twice before you click Send.

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Corporate Partners or advertisers on HHTM may use their own cookies in the advertisements served on this Web site.  We do not control third-party use of cookies, or how they manage the information they gather. However, HHTM does require corporate sponsors and advertisers to agree to only collect Personally Identifiable Information through the use of widely-accepted means, such as opt-in registration to receive product information, that requires your consent.