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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Brewer, MA (George Washington University)
Description: Communication difficulties experienced by hearing impaired individuals and their families are presented in a journal/diary format in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide answers about hearing loss to those who are hard of hearing themselves and also to their loved ones. This is a worthy objective because there is a need for a range of self-help books on this topic.
Audience: The book is written for a lay audience who is either hearing impaired or has a loved one who is hearing impaired. The book provides concrete information as well as understanding of feelings surrounding the loss caused by hearing impairment and decreased communication ability.
Features: The communication problems posed by hearing loss and associated feelings for the hearing impaired person and their family members is discussed. This book is unique in that it is told in the form of a diary or journal. This gives a warm, personal feel to the book. It might be considered difficult to use as a quick factual reference (although there is a detailed index), but the value is the journey through the book. Chapters are organized by adjustment, communication issues, and more factual information issues about hearing aid technology. They could actually be read in any order.
Assessment: This book is a welcome addition to the limited collection of lay and self-help books on hearing loss. It has a good deal of important factual information for the hearing impaired person, but perhaps more importantly it provides information about coping with the communication difficulties provided by hearing loss. It does this with an encouraging and optimistic tone.