Retired Research Physical Scientist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where I conducted research from large field studies to tight laboratory studies focused on the effects of noise on hearing and the prevention of occupational hearing loss. Supervised the Hearing Loss Prevention team of audiologists, physicists, psychologists, and engineers that lead the way, both domestically and internationally, in hearing loss prevention initiatives. I have over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, as well as presentations at national and international conferences. I held two patents. Prior to that I worked in the private sector for six years in the manufacturing and marketing of medical diagnostic equipment and hearing aids. Before that I was a tenured associate professor of Audiology at Northern Illinois University preceded by being an assistant professor of Audiology at Arizona State University. I hold a PhD in Audiology from Purdue University with a minor in Mechanical Engineering – Acoustics, an M.A. in Audiology from Washington University/Central Institute for the Deaf, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. I also consult for manufactures of audio equipment and safety equipment and I consider myself to be an audiophile on a hobbyist budget.
I had to take medical retirement in 2005 due to flare up of an old back injury following a failed surgery. I just completed surviving back surgeries 11, 12, and 13. I have become somewhat of an expert, from the consumers’ point of view, on the state of delivery of medical services, adequacy of records keeping and their impact on the delivery of medical care, and expenses covered by insurance and those that are left to the consumer that once were covered by insurance.