I was in the naval service for 15-plus years and during my time in the service I had a pitch hearing loss due to the job I had working near diesel engines and other loud machinery. After I retired from the Navy in 1996, my pitch hearing did not change, and I did not have any other hearing loss.
I purchased a new cell phone in 2007 and decided to go with a Bluetooth bundle because of its hands-free capabilities.
In 2008 I was having problems hearing, and thought it was related to my pitch hearing loss so I made an appointment to get my hearing checked. This time both the pitch and hearing test results were not favorable. According to the VA audiologist who performed the test, my pitch and hearing loss has gotten to the point where I need a hearing aid in my left ear.
Several weeks later I got my hearing aid and now my hearing has gotten better except for certain pitches. When I hear people talking in a certain pitch of voice, it sounds muffled but other than that I hear better with the hearing aid.
I bring all of this up because on March 20, 2009 my mom saw a legal notice in the USA Weekend tab in the Detroit Free Press. The legal notice is advising of a class action lawsuit for people who purchased a Bluetooth from 2002 to 2008. The notice states that the maker of the Bluetooth did not warn the consumers that there can be a hearing loss through the use of its product. I usually put my Bluetooth in my left ear.
I wrote a letter to become a part of the lawsuit. The notice says the defendants will not receive sums of money but $100,000 will be donated to one or more non-profit organizations that focus on preventing hearing loss and the manufacturer will be required to include warnings with the product. That's nice, giving money to a non-profit organization for hearing loss, but what about my hearing loss that I was not warned about? The notice offers more information online at www.BluetoothHeadset.litigation.com.