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Hearing for John: Defying the Challenges of Hearing Loss Paperback – 19 December 2006
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- Publisher : AuthorHouse UK (19 December 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1425986005
- ISBN-13 : 978-1425986001
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.14 x 20.32 cm
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By Val Tait
Hearing for John: Defying the
challenges of hearing loss
By John Marshall Mills
Published by AuthorHouse, £8.99
ISBN 978 1 429 8600 1
"Wind buffets me. I feel its cool. A sudden gust brings the smell of brine and a taste of salt from the sea. Yet it doesn't feel right. A whole dimension is missing.
I am not involved, not properly connected. The sounds are not the same as the ones I remember."
THIS IS A VERY readable book. It is well written and full of memorable phrases and interesting ideas. It is honest: frank without being sentimental, truthful and yet positive. For example, hearing aids are helpful but the sounds they give are not exactly the same as the ones remembered from the days when we could hear.
Hearing for John is one man's personal account of living with hearing loss. Mills feels that denying and hiding one's hearing loss makes things worse and bringing it out into the open, telling people about it, describing it, discussing it, and, especially, telling people of our needs, makes our lives and theirs easier and more pleasant.
The book is divided into short chapters, each chapter no more than two or three pages long. They are narrated from different points of view: John's; his wife Tricia's; their daughter Samantha's; John's audiologist. This gives us an all round picture of how hearing loss affects not just the person, but family, friends and colleagues too.
The sections by hearing aid professionals are thoroughly illuminating and answer some of the questions about the strengths and the limitations of hearing aids. At the back of the book are some useful contact addresses.
Difficult situations, such as using the telephone, are described and discussed and
solutions are suggested. Mills faces up to the fact that in an ideal world, people would be cooperative but this is not an ideal world so how do we cope when
hearing people are downright unhelpful? He gives some useful tips based on his own experience. He feels that ultimately, people are more help to a hard of hearing person than hearing aids or other devices.
Being proactive about hearing loss gives us a more interesting and fulfilled life. It enables us to take part in family life more; to pursue our hobbies; to continue at work; to make friends; to have a social life. Hearing loss does not go away if you ignore it but it does feel better if you tackle it.
Val Tait's own book (co-authored with
Bunty Levene), Managing your Hearing
Loss: Impairment to Empowerment is
available from Hearing Concern at £14.99,
or £13.50 to members, plus £1.85
postage and packing. Order from the
website or via the Helpdesk.