Listen with the Heart: Relationships and Hearing Loss / Edition 1

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Do you know people with hearing loss? Do you listen to them with your ears, or with your heart? Dr. Michael Harvey shows you a deeper way of tuning in to the personal and sometimes overwhelming struggles of those who have lost their hearing-and whose relationships face new challenges. Focusing on finding answers to the questions, "Why me?" and "What do I do now?", the author shares true stories from his psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples, and families. Virtually all of them have grappled with painful and unfamiliar barriers to communication and with a shaken sense of identity. Their self-discovery and adjustment will move you and give fresh insight into the impact of a hearing loss on individuals accustomed to the world of sound. Sympathetic, gentle, and encouraging, Listen with the Heart: Relationships and Hearing Loss is written for family and friends as well as professionals. It is an excellent text for college and graduate level courses in psychology, mental health counseling, speech and hearing, special education, and deaf education.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Linda Jacobs-Condit, AuD, CCC-A(George Washington University)
Description: This book depicts vignettes that describe how individuals with hearing loss as well as those in their lives are affected by that loss.
Purpose: The purpose is to use tales to portray how psychological, social, and spiritual influences shape one's experience of hearing loss and that of significant others. For me, as an audiologist interested in bettering my counseling abilities, fulfilling these objectives can give better insight into the needs of others. The author meets his objectives using stories.
Audience: According to the author, this book is intended for use by a wide audience — spouses, children, parents, friends, extended family members, interested laypersons, and professionals. I believe this would make interesting reading for all of these groups, yet professionals may find it to be "light reading" because it is not technical in nature. The author is a clinical psychologist whose practice includes many persons with hearing loss. This is one of several books he has written about psychotherapy with the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Features: This author uses stories to describe crises of hearing loss, as well as other crises that can occur in life — loss of loved ones through divorce or death, changes in health, for example. He includes scenarios to portray individuals' coping strategies, ability to empathize, to more fully develop relationships, and to "listen with the heart." The stories are compelling and draw one into the book. As a professional, I wanted more.
Assessment: This would be a good book for families to read, as well as students entering the field of audiology or psychology. The use of stories can often be more instructive and make for more "fun" reading than technical texts.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581210194
  • Publisher: DawnSignPress
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 789,966
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey is the author of Family Narratives of Hearing Loss and Odyssey of Hearing Loss. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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