George Kosovich, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), just made his Seen & Heard profile debut in the November/December 2012 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, which just arrived in member mailboxes. Other members previously profiled were Danielle Nicosia, John Kinstler, Judy Martin, Anne Taylor, Sam Spritzer, Jeff Bonnell, Eloise Schwarz, Glenice Swenson, Laurie Pullins, Rosemary Tuite and Kathy Borzell, Tommy Thomas and Marisa Sarto.
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Rockville, MD / Born December 10, 1941, Bingham Canyon, UT
MY HEARING LOSS… I had a hearing loss in childhood, but it wasn’t discovered right away. In elementary school, I started wearing a body aid and hated it. Now, I use both a cochlear implant and a hearing aid and love it.
SAGE ADVICE FOR SOMEONE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED WITH HEARING LOSS… Get that hearing aid—you don’t know what you’re missing!
HARDEST THING I’VE EVER DONE… School was hard—all the way from elementary school through my two master degrees!
IN MY SPARE TIME… I play golf, tennis and pool.
MY LITTLE-KNOWN TALENT IS… dancing.
I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR… chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
I WOULD LOVE TO MEET… the angel Gabriel.
I MISS… my brother, Jerry.
I AM… friendly, lovable and handsome.
FAVORITE COLOR? Purple
MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME… not to smoke cigarettes. The one time I did try when I was 10, she caught me. That day, I smoked until I was sick and told her. She told me I was not going to find any sympathy from her. I suffered that time but learned my lesson and I never smoked again.
MY FATHER TAUGHT ME… the basics of football, and then was a big support to me when I was playing football in high school and college.
WORKING NINE TO FIVE… OSERS at the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; VR counselor in Portland, OR; juvenile center counselor, Portland, OR; Short order cook at the Sheraton, Portland, OR; Newspaper delivery boy, Portland, OR
I HAVE A FEAR OF… guns. One time I shot a guy. I was around 12 years old, working at a berry picking farm in the summer. It was in the evening and we had gone back to the workers’ cabins. My brother and a guy also named Jerry were in the cabin. I was playing around with a rifle and I thought I took all the bullets out, but when I pulled the trigger, a bullet hit him in the thigh. I was shocked. My heart was racing. We carried him out down to the house which was quite a ways down. We took him to the hospital in a car—it was the longest ride of my life. The guy was okay once patched up, but he couldn’t play football for a year. And I never played around with a gun again!
IF I RULED THE WORLD… everyone would have a smile on their face!
WHAT IS THE KINDEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER DONE FOR YOU? Love me
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Being a father
HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED? As a good guy
Hearing Loss Magazine is great! I like the stories about people and how they deal with hearing loss, but I also like the information about technology that makes our lives easier.