Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on November 23, 1997 · Page 39
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November 23, 1997

Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 39

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Legal Notice Legal Notice Decibel levels People, suggests trials of at least 60 days; most states require a 30-day trial. In the meantime, the hearing aid industry is ready for a boom in hearing problems: At least three new high-tech aids work like tiny computers in the ear canal, as Clinton's do — and more are on the way. They translate sound into a binary signal, adjust it to meet the wearer's individual needs, then turn it back into sound and send it into the ear. But these new devices do not come cheap — $2,500$3,500 each — compared with about half that price for traditional analog devices, which also now feature high-tech options and the same completely-in-the-canal (CIC) sizes. "The digital aids offer great possibilities, but we may not be there yet," says Mark Ross, professor emeritus in audiology at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, who writes a magazine column on hearing technology. Ross says the digital aids likely will get cheaper and better with the expected entry into the market soon by several more manufacturers. And once you have hearing aids, experts say, you should wear them all the time — despite Clinton's plan to use his only as needed, ra Jim Paterson is a writer and illustrator in Olney, Md. 20 watch ticking 30 whispering, library 40 leaves rustling, refrigerator 50 average home, neighborhood street 60 normal conversation, dishwasher, microwave 70 car, alarm clock, city traffic 80 garbage disposal, noisy restaurant, vacuum cleaner, outboard motor 85 factory, electric shaver, screaming child 90 passing motorcycle, lawn mower, convertible ride on a freeway 100 blow-dryer, diesel truck, subway train, helicopter, chain saw 110 car horn, snowblower 120 rock concert, prop plane 130 jet engine 100 feet away, air raid siren 140 shotgun blast • Every step up of 10 decibels reflects a tenfold increase in sound. So 100 decibels is 10 times noisier than 90 decibels. • The federal government advises wearing earplugs, earmuffs or other hearing protection whenever you are exposed to 85 decibels for a period of more than a few hours. (Some experts say damage is done at levels as low as 70 decibels.) Federal regulations require a hearing conservation program at any workplace where employees are exposed to 85 decibels during their entire eight-hour workday. Sources: Better Hearing Institute; Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People How's your hearing? A self-quiz. Answer the following questions with "almost always" (3 points), "half the time" (2 points), "occasionally" (1 point) and "never" (0 points): Q I have a problem hearing over the telephone or hearing common sounds. Qj I have to strain to understand conversations, or have trouble following dialogue between two or more people. Q People complain that I turn the TV volume too high. Q I have difficulty hearing conversations at social events, so I avoid those activities. Q I get confused about where sounds are coming from. Q I often misunderstand some words in a sentence, especially in women's and children's speech. m I have worked in noisy environments (near assembly lines, jackhammers, jet engines, etc.). Q Many people I talk to seem to mumble. Q People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say. IJJJ If you have a blood relative with a hearing loss, add 3 points. 0-3 points: Hearing is fine. 4-6 points: Suggest seeing a specialist or your family doctor. 1 and above: Strongly recommend seeing a specialist or doctor. Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery IF You OWN OR OWNED PROPERTY WITH MASONITE HARDBOARD SIDING INSTALLED BETWEEN JANUARY 1. 198O AND THE PRESENT USA WEEKEND • Nov. 21-23,1897 17 Notice Is Hereby Given, that a proposed Settlement has been reached in Noef, et d. v. Masonite, et al. The Plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that exterior hardboard siding made by Masonite Corporation is defective, causing Class Members to suffer damages. Defendants vigorously deny these allegations and any and all liability. SETTLEMENT HEARING A hearing will be held before the Hon. Robert G. Kendall, located at Government Plaza, 2'05 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, 36644 at 9:00 a.m. on January 14, 1998 to determine whether the proposed Setdcment Agreement on file with' die Court is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class and whedier a Final Judgment should be entered approving the Settlement Agreement. SETTLEMENT TERMS Each Eligible Claimant, upon proper verification and independent review of damaged Masonite Hardboard Siding, will be awarded damages according to a Compensation Formula established by the Setdement Agreement, unless the damage is subject to one of the specifically agreed upon causation exceptions. In order to receive monetary benefits, all Eligible Claimants shall be required, prior to an assessment of damages, to verify ownership of Masonite Hardboard Siding. The proposed Claims Period will run from 7 to 10 years, depending upon the product's manufacture date. There will be no reduction in Class benefits for attorneys' fees or costs. Subject to Court approval, Defendants have agreed to pay Class Counsel, in addition to the benefits to be paid to Class Members, fees equal to 15% of die actual claims made under the Settlement. . YOUR RIGHTS If you believe you are a member of the Setdement Class, you have the following options: (a.) If you agree with die Setdement, you need do nothing at this time to preserve your ability to make a claim under this Setdement Agreement; (b.) You may object to or comment on the terms of the Setdement Agreement if and only if you comply widi die procedures set forth below. COMMENTS & OBJECTIONS You may send written comments in support of or objecting to the Settlement. If you have a valid objection, or wish to be heard in support of die Setdement, you may be permitted to appear at the Hearing to Show Cause why the Settlement should or should not be approved by the Court, if you timely take the following steps: • You must notify the Court and both parties' Counsel by December 31, 1997, with a written notice of your intention to appear, a summary of your reasons for supporting or objecting to the Setdement and a statement under penalty of perjury verifying your ownership of Masonite Hardboard Siding; • You must serve your papers upon the Counsel at the following addresses: (1.) Robert H. Shulman, Esq. - Howrey & Simon, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004 - OR - Stephen M. Bickford, Esq. - Tobin & Tobm, One Montgomery St., 15th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 (COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANTS); - AND - (2.) PLAINTIFFS' CLASS COUNSEL, 275 Battery Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. EXCLUSION FROM SETTLEMENT If you do not wish to remain a Class Member and participate in the proposed Setdement, and wish to exclude yourself, or "opt out" of this lawsuit, you must submit a signed and notarized letter postmarked no later than December 31, 1997. (a.) Your letter MUST include: the name of the case (Naef v. Masonite Corp., Civil Action No. CV-94-4033), your name, address and telephone number, and number of units of property containing the Siding; (b.) Your request MUST be mailed to die Counsel identified above. If you properly request exclusion from the Setdement Class: you will be excluded from the Setdement Class; will not be permitted to object to the Setdement; and you will not be bound by the final judgment entered under this Setdement. THIS is A SUMMARY ONLY; FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 1-800-330-2722 or write: Masonite Setdement, P.O. Box 925, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0925 This information is also available on the Internet at: http://www.kinsella.com/masonite/ PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE CLERK'S OFFICE FOR INFORMATION. By Order of the Mobile County Circuit Court. DATED: October 14, 1997; THE HONORABLE ROBERT G. KENDALL, JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

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