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Hearing Loss : From Stigma to Strategy - Michael Simmons

Hearing Loss

From Stigma to Strategy

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780720612240
Number Of Pages: 180

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Literally millions of people in Britain are affected by hearing loss, and the number is growing steadily. For many, it is a desperate situation, for others, an unwished-for challenge: to enter the world of hearing aids and gadgets, and to somehow come to terms with other people’s jokes—blindness is never laughed at—and the need to adjust a muffled, or even silent, environment. Michael Simmons, a distinguished international journalist until his retirement in 1997, has age-related hearing loss. Researching for this book, he soon realized it was a very poor relation in the deafness field. Deafness itself has been the subject of many, many books for many generations. Hearing loss, on the other hand, is swept under the carpet, under-researched, under-funded while also being routinely exploited by unscrupulous hearing appliance manufacturers. Simmons examines the stigma and the suffering of hearing loss, traces the history of fellow sufferers and the remedies they—and their partners—have tried, and goes on to look at the viable resources and remedies that are available. He finds there is light at the end of the tunnel.

By Way of Introductionp. 7
Into a tunnelp. 15
The curse of the hot potatop. 31
Listening to the silencep. 51
Resources and remediesp. 71
'Cures' and detoursp. 85
The company you keepp. 105
Living with the lossp. 127
Grappling with the lossp. 147
Technology: an awesome overflowp. 155
Lights in the tunnelp. 165
Select Bibliographyp. 181
Useful Names and Addressesp. 183
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780720612240
ISBN-10: 0720612241
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25