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saab1216

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I have a definite possibility of being called for jury duty in my county. I just received the application. I cannot deal with people talking for hours or the sounds of microphones. Since there are no disability claims for my hyperacuis/misophonia ,I must subject myself to something intolerable and unfair to my condition.
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If you received a form in the mail, it probably has a section called "Exemptions" where you can request deletion from the Jury List.  This section of the form should contain a "Medical Affidavit" that the doctor who diagnosed you with hyperacusis would need to fill out.  Your doctor would simply need to print your name, indicate that he or she is treating you for hyperacusis, sign his name, and print his name and phone number.  You would then fill in the rest of the form, as usual, and mail it.  I was unable to tolerate amplified voices when I first got hyperacusis.  I received a jury summons, asked for an exemption, and received it. 

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saab1216

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Rob.All I got was an application so far. As for my audiologist,I dont have any medical papers suggesting Hyperacusis. I wrote her anyway and i will be lucky to get a reply.I didnt see any medical exemptions just if I could not speak English or was not a citizen.Maybe my regular med.Dr. can be some help.
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I got a jury summons 4 months ago.  I went to my regular family doctor and asked her to write me a letter requesting a medical exemption.  She did.  It was a standard form letter and she didn't go into detail about my medical condition, she merely said, "It would not be in my best interest to serve as a juror at this time."

I included the letter with the information I had to fill out.  A few days later the court clerk called and said the judge had exempted me from serving.

Hope this helps.

P.S.  Seems like I remember there was a question asking if there is any medical reason I can not serve on a jury.  If so, to attach a letter from your doctor.

There was also a question asking if I had any disabilities for which I would need special consideration.  I answered in detail...  I am unable to tolerate sounds from a microphone.  I cannot be in a room of people talking loudly.  All true. 

I would've gladly served as a juror if physically able.  I know you feel the same.



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saab1216

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Thanks Marilyn I just know that i could not tolerate a person speaking next to me or by way of microphone for an entire day! I cant stand listening to my wifes saliva filled mouth as she speaks! i am not being cruel here. I am truly losing my mind over this! P.S. People in New York are so cold and suspicious as most people cheat the system and simply throw out the jury duty application. I sent mine in anyway!.
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Saab I also got a letter from my local gp just stating for medical reasons I would be unable to attend jury duty...you shouldn't have any problems...just having a few workds signed by a doctor should do it...Just the anxiety of thinking you may have to do it may make your symptoms worse...

When your wife is speaking to you maybe you could think about something really pleasant about her - focus on that to take your mind off the sounds she is making...Or have some nature sounds playing close by to help mask those sounds..

Lou





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I know a hyperacusis sufferer who, due to her severe hyperacusis, got a two-year exemption (by calling the phone number on the notice -- no medical records were even required, I believe).

Contact me privately if you'd like me to try to get the details for you as to exactly how.

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Marilyn

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Along with my doctor's letter, I printed off the Hyperacusis page on the network's main site.  Just covering all my bases.  I wanted whoever was reading it to understand hyperacusis was a REAL illness.

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saab1216

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I emailed my audiologist and she said that she would "see what she could do". I am waiting now for both my appointment for the jury and a letter or response from my audiologist. Good thinking Marilyn...about printing the page. I would love to send all of my threads to a lot of critical people out there who think its all in my mind.  Lou,I mentioned to my wife how I would like a water garden in the living room to mask sounds but she denounced the idea. She just watches her annoying t.v. while I stay downstairs on my computer which has been tolerable for me the most. Each time my wife talks,mostly when indoors,I hear the saliva sounds. I went to the store today and the only thing that bothered me where the deep scratchy,loud voices of  a few male shoppers.My hyperacusis has singled out voices but accepts many other natural sounds.Voices hurt my head and are too sharp.loud or irritating.
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kimberleydust

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I feel for you saab - it's a tough one not being able to tolerate people's voices, especially your wife's!  The closest I have gotten to that is more the slurping and chewing noises of people eating if I'm not eating as well...or people with high pitched voices, which fortunately are few. 
I'm not sure what others may think or maybe you could talk to your audiologist about it but I feel that sound generators would be helpful for you or if you can't afford that - wearing something where you can listen to water sounds or other comfortable sounds without being disturbing to anyone else...something to mask the other uncomfortable sounds...

Lou

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saab1216

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Thanks Lou,i have alienated everyones offensive sounds so much by wearing anything on or in my ears by now. I just keep facing theses sounds which are becoming more noticeable on the radio and especially on youtube!. My audiologist keeps telling me cognitive therapy but I know what that means. It basically meands that I am going to have to deal with the sounds or/learn to deal with them. It means that she is powerless in helping it to go away. I do my own therapy. I confront these sounds and keep thinking positive Deep down that they will improve. It doesnt seem likely. I can hear my own saliva/breathing sounds as well. My wife slammed a few dishes yesterday and I felt no pain/sensitivity.Only months ago it would have sent me into a small rage! I guess that means a great deal of improvement. I would rather hide from dishes than from everyones mouths though!.......Paul  p.s. the sound generators will block the sounds if I turn them way way up. I dont want to further increase my sensitivity by doing this. It seems likely to be a wrong thing to do.
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