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Comment Re:Shooters' earmuffs (Score 3, Insightful) 549

If you want electronic ear plugs that do the same thing as Shooters' earmuff, be prepared to spend a bit more money than $50 to $100. Still, to get a pair of custom molded ear plugs made, it'll only will cost you between $100 to $200, and that's just for simple ear plugs. You add in the electronics and the price will go up a bit (around $50 to $500 depending on what you're getting). Hearing aids aren't much different than these "off-the-shelf" ear plugs, they're just a bit more sophisticated since they can be tuned by a audiologist to address each individual person's needs.

I had a set of custom ear plugs made a couple years ago at a motorcycle shoe and each pair was $55. Quite the bargain. Just recently, I had another set of custom ear plugs made that come with Noise Brakers and those set me back $120 or so directly from manufacturer (they're local to me, so I just stopped by their building).

Do I think hearing aids actually cost $2000 a pair? Absolutely not. So why are they so expensive then? I believe it's due to a serious lack of competition. Most people who get hearing aids are probably getting them through their insurance company or the VA, so costs are a minimal concern to them as they only have to pay their co-pay or deductible. But if you want to buy them direct yourself, the prices are outrageous and most people will just forgo them and suffer in silence. On a whim about a month ago, I went to a Sonus Hearing store and asked how much they charge for earplugs and they wanted $150 just for the impressions! Plus, I would still have to pay whatever the cost was to have the actual earplugs made. Who do they charge so much? Because they can.

Comment Re:Done with HTC (Score 1) 209

Yikes! Thanks for the post. I also have a MyTouch 4G Slide and I was wondering about this. Luckily I only open and use the physical keyboard maybe once a month. I use the Swype soft-keyboard for pretty much everything except for those few occasions.

Comment Caffeine is a helluva drug! (Score 5, Interesting) 584

Back when I drank coffee, I discovered the delights of a french press. The coffee was so much smoother and delicious compared to coffee made with the drip-method. Amazing. Cold brew was also really good too if you like strong, bitter coffee.

Unfortunately, I had to give up caffeine about 16 months ago. I was getting really bad heart palpitations when I worked out (mostly likely PVST). Getting rid of caffeine eliminated 99% of my episodes. I get them once in a while, but now it's due to adrenaline.

The side-benefits of not drinking caffeine have been pretty amazing: I don't wake up tired anymore, I don't get sleepy in the afternoon, I generally feel better all the time. Plus, when I do need to stay up late (i.e. driving late at night), a little bit of caffeine has a huge effect on me now.

Comment Re:Irony (Score 5, Informative) 246

I can't comment about other states, but Oregon generally doesn't have a problem if you are naked.

ORS 163.465. Public indecency

(1) A person commits the crime of public indecency if while in, or in view of, a public place the person performs:
(a) An act of sexual intercourse;
(b) An act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
(c) An act of exposing the genitals of the person with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person.

Combined this with section 8 from the Oregon constitution:

Section 8. Freedom of speech and press. No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right.

And you have a pretty strong case why John Brennan's naked TSA protest was not be violating the public indecency statue.

I could be mistaken, but other states may have a problem if you're naked for any reason. This might be why many people say, "Except you have to live in Oregon".

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