I have my own office but it's at the edge of a large open room with maybe 50 cubicles. One woman, who is hearing impaired, has an extremely loud and disruptive chronic cough, complete with wet mucus-y sounds. When it gets really bad I hear people out in the large room saying Ugh that's DISGUSTING kind of loud, although I don't think the offender can hear it. On one hand, I feel bad, because maybe the woman can't hear herself (although she's not completely deaf). On the other hand, she never covers her mouth when she coughs or makes an effort to control the cough. She even stands in front of common food at potlucks, coughing openly. At this point, it's beyond being annoyed and disgusted by the sound -- it's also frankly rude and unsanitary, not to mention disruptive. I've brought it up to a manager, but she kind of blew it off. I am considering going to the HR department and bringing it up to see if someone there is willing to be more proactive. Is there a legal reason why the company would be prohibited from making an official statement in writing to the employee? The cougher isn't doing anything wrong or illegal per se, but she affects many people negatively. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Any ideas or suggestions?