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One out of every eight people between the ages of 18 and 67 in the United States has a hearing loss, estimated as 12 percent of the working-age population. Sound Sense: Living and Learning with Hearing Loss addresses the acute need of these people to function at the highest level in these income-earning years, the longest phase in their lives. In nine pointed chapters, author Sara Laufer Batinovich, who also has lost her hearing, shares her experience and knowledge in turning every challenge into an opportunity ...
One out of every eight people between the ages of 18 and 67 in the United States has a hearing loss, estimated as 12 percent of the working-age population. Sound Sense: Living and Learning with Hearing Loss addresses the acute need of these people to function at the highest level in these income-earning years, the longest phase in their lives. In nine pointed chapters, author Sara Laufer Batinovich, who also has lost her hearing, shares her experience and knowledge in turning every challenge into an opportunity to become one’s best self-advocate.
Batinovich begins in the workplace, advising on winning a job, keeping it, and developing a long-term career, plus how to reduce stress and establish fulfilling professional relationships with colleagues. She offers tips on communication ranging from having sales people face you for easier speechreading to parsing boarding announcements at airports and play-by-play at ballparks. Her practical handbook also provides step-by-step guidance for getting a hearing aid or a cochlear implant and finding one’s way through prickly insurance claim mazes.
Sound Sense features information on finding a service dog, securing legally mandated accommodations for continuing education, tips on exercise and health, and even sensitive suggestions on strengthening personal relationships. Batinovich’s vivacious style and her own anecdotes add an upbeat, genuine sensibility to her book’s value as a positive guide to living with hearing loss.
List of Figures xi
Introduction: A Silent Avalanche 1
1 Listen While You Work 29
2 Just Another Day in Auditory Paradise 46
3 Getting a Hearing Aid or a Cochlear Implant, Demystified 61
4 Sweat, Pump, Recharge, and Glow 86
5 To Your Health 101
6 When Silence Isn't Golden 118
7 Going to the Dogs 134
8 Learning for a Lifetime 158
9 Relationships: The Ecstasy Without the Agony 178
Conclusion: My Utopia 195
Appendix A Technical Notes on Data Sources 200
Appendix B Resources and Recommended Reading 202
Posted February 9, 2011
I have a hearing impairment and am in my 40s, and everything I've read up until now about having a hearing impairment has been for babies or the elderly. This book is for ME! I think that lots of people around my age will get a lot out of it. It has chapters on hearing at work and de-stressing. The most interesting and useful information is in the chapter on hearing aid politics, and why health insurance hardly ever pays for hearing aids. I did not know about the power struggles between ear doctors and audiologists, or about the other health conditions (like depression) which are often experienced alongside being hard of hearing in the prime of life. There are some charts with hearing statistics that I could follow, but most of the book is text and easy to read, and not dumbed-down. Batinovich, the writer, has a hearing loss, and she talks about getting her cochlear implant, living with a hearing ear dog and how she makes chocolate truffles to reduce stress. It is a refreshing way to look at hearing loss in a life management way instead of the "that's the way it is" mentality. That's what I liked most about it. Having a hearing impairment is not the end of the world. Interestingly, the person on the cover is not the writer. There are several pictures in the book of Batinovich with her husband and hearing ear dog, and they're sure not the same person as on the cover. And this is NOT a book for people who use sign language, but for people who have hearing losses and still speak. I just saw the resources in the back of the book with links to other information that I'll check out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.