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Last updated: February 1, 2006
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,
www.hearinglosshelp.com, is referred to as the "Site."
accessing, browsing, or using this Site, you accept, without limitation or
you and the Center is superseded with respect to the subject matter hereof.
Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others of these Terms of
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nor a guide to self-treatment for medical problems. Do not construe this Site as
giving personal medical advice or instruction. The author of the articles on
this Site is not a medical doctor and neither prescribes treatment nor treats
medical problems and does not intend that you attempt to do so either.
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substitute for qualified medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information
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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,
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appropriate, payment information).
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limitation and without compensation. Furthermore, the Center is free to use any
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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,
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