Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear You
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Audiologists agree that we're experiencing a national epidemic of hearing loss. At present, 48 million Americans―17 percent of the population―suffer some degree of loss. More than half are under the age of fifty-five. In cases like Katherine Bouton's, who experienced sudden hearing loss at the age of thirty, the cause is unknown.
In this deftly written and deeply felt look at a widespread and widely misunderstood phenomenon, Bouton recounts her own journey into deafness―and her return to the hearing world through the miracles of technology. She speaks with doctors, audiologists, neurobiologists, and others searching for causes and a cure, as well as those who have experienced hearing loss, weaving their stories with her own. Shouting Won't Help is an engaging and informative account of what it's like to live with an invisible disability―a must-read not only for those with hearing loss, who will recognize their stories in Bouton's own, but for their families, friends, employers, and caregivers.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
Editor, and Other Challenges of Real Life VOICES: ISAIAH JACKSON 11. The Ugly Stepsisters: Tinnitus and Vertigo VOICES: MELISSA 12. Chicks and Fish Do It. Why Can’t We? VOICES: EUGENE KAPLAN Epilogue: In the Land of the Near Deaf Notes Acknowledgments Index A Note About the Author Copyright Introduction to the 2014 Edition How many people do you know who are deaf? Not stone-deaf, but not able to hear much either. How many do you know who say “What?” too often, who seem
hearing aids a legitimate medical expense and therefore tax deductible passed. * * * The consumer does have some options, other than putting off the purchase as long as possible. Buying hearing aids online has become popular, accounting for an increasingly large percentage of the market. Sellers range from reputable to irresponsible; buyer beware. Direct-mail sales have also increased. Audiologists bemoan the trend (and not just because it takes business away from them), and the FDA warns
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from later hearing and perceptual difficulties. A. M. Lauer and Brad May discussed the MOC system and their research in “The Medial Olivocochlear System Attenuates the Developmental Impact of Early Noise Exposure,” published in JARO, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 2011. Frank Lin et al. wrote about the racial disparity in rates of hearing loss in the previously cited “Hearing Loss Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Older Adults in the United States,” in the Journal of
(Hearing threshold, as discussed earlier, is the quietest sound a person can hear. Threshold shift usually suggests that the threshold has been raised and the person is hearing less well than they did before.) Henderson et al. studied the results from the same adolescents twelve to nineteen years old, although for some reason Henderson’s total number came to only 4310 instead of the 4699 that the Shargorodsky group studied. Though Henderson et al. also studied high- and low-frequency readings,