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The Way I Hear It

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Part memoir, part survival guide, The Way I Hear It is a witty and insightful account of the life with hearing loss: pillow talk and other relationships, raising a child, in the classroom, on the job, hearing technology and the everyday things we like to do.

The Way I Hear It by Gael Hannan

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In The Way I Hear It, author Gael Hannan explodes one myth after another in a witty and insightful journey into the life with hearing loss at every age. Part memoir, part survival guide, The Way I Hear It is a witty and insightful account of the life with hearing loss: pillow talk and other relationships, raising a child, in the classroom, on the job, hearing technology and the everyday things we like to do. Gael Hannan offers advice on how to bridge the gap between consumer and professional in order to get the best possible hearing health care, as well as tips for effective communication, poetic reflections and humorous, poignant stories from the people she has met in her advocacy work throughout North America. This is a book for people with hearing loss—but also for their families, friends and the professionals who serve them. [Gael Hannan; (2015) 217 pages; soft cover]

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About the Author:

Gael Hannan is a public speaker, humorist and hearing health advocate who grew up with a hearing loss that is now severe to profound. She writes a weekly blog on hearing loss for HearingHealthMatters.org, and is the Consumer Editor for two Canadian professional hearing-related journals. Gael’s articles have appeared in many North American publications and she is a sought-after speaker for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss.Gael lives with her husband and son and divides her time between Ontario and the west coast.
Language English
ISBN 9781460263648

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  1. Must-read for audiologists and people with hearing loss Review by Kristin Hansen Brakeman
    Overall Satisfaction

    The Way I Hear It, A Life With Hearing Loss by humorist and hearing health advocate Gael Hannan bridges the gap of information that’s so needed by the hearing impaired, but not provided by medical professionals – not provided because it’s information doctors and audiologists don’t know.

    With humor and clarity Hannan tells us what it’s actually like to live with a hearing loss, and gives tips and advice on how the hearing impaired can improve the quality of their lives.

    Hannan has spent a lifetime with hearing loss and knows full well the frustrations, and the social stigma. She identifies the problems in a very relatable way.

    As someone who has only recently discovered my hearing loss and begrudgingly wears hearing aids (albeit sporadically), I found myself again and again thinking that Hannan was somehow talking about me.

    In addition to her relatable stories, Hannan gives practical advice. She emphasizes the importance of acceptance and proactive behavior like communicating ones needs to others, and not falling prey to the bad habit of “bluffing” or pretending one has heard when clearly they have not. (Guilty!)

    She also stresses the importance of regularly wearing ones hearing aids, describes the training period required with each new pair, and gives tips on their care and use, as well as tips for dealing with hearing loss when traveling or when interacting with the hearing public.

    Perhaps most important, Hannan has devoted a section for medical providers, giving them tips on how to provide the best care for their hearing impaired patients.

    Gael Hannan makes the point that one of the greatest struggles the hearing impaired face is the isolation that comes with the loss of ones hearing. Her book, through its humor and helpful advice is just the kick in the pants that this reader needed to be more proactive about dealing with her own hearing loss.
    (Posted on 11/22/2015)


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