Welcome to the Center for Hearing Loss Help website.
Throughout this document, The Center for Hearing Loss Help is referred to as either the “Center,” “we” or “us.” The website run by the Center, http://hearinglosshelp.com, is referred to as the “Site.”
The Center maintains this Site on an “as is” basis for your personal information, education and reference only. This Site is neither a medical manual nor a guide to self-treatment for medical problems. Do not construe this Site as giving personal medical advice or instruction. The authors of the articles on this Site are not medical doctors and neither prescribe treatment nor treat medical problems and do not intend that you attempt to do so either.
Nothing contained in this Site is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for qualified medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information and services on this Site are here to help educate you on problems that may affect your ears. This Site and its services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information on this Site to help you make informed decisions, not as a substitute for any treatment that your doctor may prescribe for you.
The information and opinions expressed on this Site are the result of careful research. While we strive to include accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee the content or accuracy of any materials on this Site. You use this Site entirely at your own risk. It is solely your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of all opinions, advice, services, merchandise and other information provided on or through this Site. It is your responsibility to do your own due diligence and to exercise caution and good judgment in using any information contained on this Site. Always seek the advice of your doctor and/or qualified health care professionals before acting on any information or any information products from this Site.
All materials on this Site, including text, graphics, logos, images, audio clips and software, are copyrighted by the Center and are protected by copyright under United States and foreign laws. All content remains the property of the Center. All rights, whether expressed or not, are reserved by the Center.
You may download and use material from this Site for your personal, non-commercial use only. You must keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. You may not reuse, sell, modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, repost, transmit or distribute in any way any material including, but not limited to, text, images or animations from this Site, or use the content of this Site for public or commercial purposes, without the prior written consent of the Center, or the owner of the copyrighted material, if not owned by the Center.
Note: if you are a non-profit hearing-loss organization, we generally will give you permission (when you ask) to reprint various of our articles in your newsletter as long as you comply with the following four requirements.
- Ask for permission before using any materials from this Site.
- Include our copyright notice, e.g. Copyright (or ©) Year by Author, and the words “Used by permission.” e.g.: “Copyright 2012 by Neil Bauman. Used by permission.”
- Include the URL of the page from which the article was taken, For example: “Taken from the article at http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/articles/hearingaidfriends.htm.”
- Include our email address. For example: “You can contact Dr. Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org.“
In addition, we’d also appreciate receiving a copy of your newsletter that includes our articles.
Your privacy is important to us. At the Center for Hearing Loss Help we pledge to handle responsibly any personal information you choose to share with us. Like you, we hate spam. As a result, we do not, and will not, sell, trade, or release your email address or any other of your contact information to any other organization unless you have given us explicit permission to do so.
We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you through this Site unless you have specifically and knowingly provided it to us voluntarily. Although we love every one of you, we don’t have any interest in what you, as an individual, are doing on our Site. We are more interested in what you as a “herd” are doing. We want to know how you got here, what pages you tend to visit, and what pages you don’t tend to visit. For each visitor to our Site our server automatically collects statistics about where you came from, the pages you visit within our site, what kind of browser you use, your operating system, your IP address and the domain name. We use this information, in an aggregate form only, to monitor Site performance and the utilization of our features and services. We also track and catalog the search terms that visitors enter but this information is never associated with individual users.
When you purchase our products or services we ask for information about you in order to process credit card charges and ship your products. Depending upon the goods and services being ordered and where they are being shipped, we may also use outside suppliers and/or delivery companies to assist us in fulfilling and delivering orders. We share with them the information necessary to enable credit card processing, fulfillment, and delivery of goods (i.e. name, address, and as appropriate, payment information).
All this information is collected on a secure website using industry standards regarding encryption. While on a secure page, such as our shopping cart’s order form, the lock icon on your browser’s webpage becomes locked and the URL address begins with “https” (the “s” indicates a secure connection), as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just surfing.
We reserve the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request. In addition, we may disclose user information in special cases when, in good faith, we believe that disclosing this information to law enforcement agencies and/or internet service providers is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to, or interference with, (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Center’s rights or property, other Site users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. This includes exchanging information with other companies for purposes of fraud and credit risk reduction.
Apart from this, personally identifiable information provided by visitors and subscribers (name, email or home address, etc.) is never disclosed to any individual or business.
We do not collect your e-mail address when you visit our Site unless you specifically and knowingly provide it to us, for example, by asking for our newsletter. Our site will invite you to subscribe to our newsletter. Sometimes we add extra information to such a subscription that could be of interest to you, but we will always make it clear to you that you are subscribing to our newsletter. Subscription is always 100% opt-in. All we need is your email address. You can always opt-out! In every message we send you there will always be an unsubscribe option. In addition, if you no longer want to receive any communications from us, you can send an email to us stating that fact using the contact information given on the “Contact Us” webpage.
Any of your comments that may be published by the Center will not contain any personally identifying information other than your first and last initials or possibly just your first name unless you have given us your specific permission to do so.
Submissions From You
You agree that no confidential relationship shall be established in the event that you make any oral, written or electronic communication to us (such as feedback, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, data, etc.) or post comments on member forums. Such response and any material, information and ideas that you transmit to this Site or otherwise provide to the Center shall be and shall remain the Center’s property. All such transmissions will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary and the Center shall be under no obligation of any kind with respect to such information and shall be free to reproduce, publish, use, disclose, broadcast and distribute such information without limitation and without compensation. Furthermore, the Center is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the Site for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products using such information.
Links to Other Sites
As a convenience to you, we may provide links to websites operated by other entities. If you decide to visit any linked website, you do so at your own risk. Even if we have referred to these websites on our Site, we do not own or control these websites and are not responsible for the information, products, services, or privacy policies you may find on these linked sites. We make no warranty or representation regarding, and do not endorse, any linked websites or the information appearing on them, or any of the products or services described on them.
Linking to HearingLossHelp.com
You are granted a limited, non-exclusive right to create a hyperlink to this Site, provided that the link does not portray HearingLossHelp.com or our content or services in a false, misleading or derogatory manner. We may revoke this limited right at any time, in our sole discretion.
Browse this Site at your own risk. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of this Site. The Center does not guarantee that the functions contained in this Site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that this Site or its server will be free of viruses or other harmful components, or that defects will be corrected even as we become aware of them. The Center also assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the Site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, or animation from the Site. Although we are careful and take precautions, we cannot guarantee that such materials will be free of viruses or other undesirables.
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The Center does not sell or rent it’s mailing lists and will never condone those actions. From time to time, the Center may offer it’s mailing list members special promotions or informational literature. At any time, you can immediately remove yourself from our newsletter or other mailing list by clicking on the remove link contained in all such emails from us. You can also request removal from our mailing lists by contacting us using the information contained on the “Contact Us” page.
The Center makes no representation that materials contained in this Site are appropriate or available for use on other locations. If you access this Site from outside the United States, be advised that this Site may contain references to products and services that are not available in your country. Those that choose to access this Site from other locations do so on their own risk and initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local law, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.
This Site, including all content, function, materials and information made available on or accessed through this Site or its services, are provided on an “as is,” “as available” basis. We do not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements of any kind whatsoever (including without limitation, warranties of title or noninfringement, or any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) with regard to the Center or this Site, or with respect to any information, product, service, merchandise or other material provided on or though the Center or this Site. Although we strive for accurate and timely information, we do not warrant or guarantee the validity, accuracy, completeness, correctness, timeliness or usefulness of any information, products, services, merchandise or other material provided though the Center or this Site. We make no warranty or guarantee that this Site will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. We make no warranty that this Site or its services will meet your requirements, and expressly disclaim any warranties or guarantees. We are not liable to any user or anyone else for any decision made or action taken based on reliance upon the information contained on or provided through the Center or this Site. If you are dissatisfied with this Site or any services on this Site, your sole remedy is to discontinue using this Site and its services.
Limitation of Liability
As a condition of use of this Site, you agree that neither the Center, nor any officer, affiliate, director, agent or employee of the Center, nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the Site, will be liable to you or any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages, expense, or costs resulting directly or indirectly from or otherwise arising in connection with the use of, or inability to use the Site and any information contained on it, including, but not limited to, damages resulting from or arising from your reliance on the Site, errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies in the service and/or materials or information downloaded through the Site, personal injury or death, or the mistakes, omissions, interruptions, errors, defects, delays in operation, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, transmissions, or eavesdropping by third parties. Furthermore, we will not be liable or responsible for any claims arising out of your use, interpretation, reliance upon, or other implementation of such information. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. In such states, the Center’s liability is limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
Last updated: July 7, 2016