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Shouting Won't Help

Shouting Won't Help

Why I-- and 50 Million Other Americans-- Can't Hear You

Book - 2013
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For twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. An editor at The New York Times , at daily editorial meetings she couldn't hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse. As she once put it, she was "the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the nineteenth century."

Audiologists agree that we're experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 50 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss--17 percent of the population. And hearing loss is not exclusively a product of growing old. The usual onset is between the ages of nineteen and forty-four, and in many cases the cause is unknown.

Shouting Won ' t Help is a deftly written, deeply felt look at a widespread and misunderstood phenomenon. In the style of Jerome Groopman and Atul Gawande, and using her experience as a guide, Bouton examines the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically. She speaks with doctors, audiologists, and neurobiologists, and with a variety of people afflicted with midlife hearing loss, braiding their stories with her own to illuminate the startling effects of the condition.

The result is a surprisingly engaging account of what it's like to live with an invisible disability--and a robust prescription for our nation's increasing problem with deafness.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374263041
Call Number: 617.8092 B6694s
Characteristics: viii, 276 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Shouting will not help


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A New York Times editor writes of her experience becoming deaf and how it affected her life. She includes conversations with various experts and people affected by hearing loss, then writes of her experience in getting a cochlear implant and adjusting to it.

From someone coming to terms with her own hearing changes, a survey of causes and effects of hearing loss.

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Apr 11, 2014

Reading this book, I gained fresh insight into the world of the deaf and hearing-impaired.


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