Life After Deaf: My Misadventures in Hearing Loss and Recovery

Life After Deaf: My Misadventures in Hearing Loss and Recovery


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From a renowned media critic to a man with sudden and full hearing loss, Noel Holston ran the gauntlet of diagnoses, health insurance, and cochlear implant surgery.

On a spring night in 2010, Noel Holston, a journalist, songwriter, and storyteller, went to bed with reasonably intact hearing. By dawn, it was gone, thus beginning a long process of hearing-restoration that included misdiagnoses, an obstinate health-insurance bureaucracy, failed cochlear-implant surgery, and a second surgery that finally worked. He negotiated the gauntlet with a wry sense of humor and the aid of his supportive wife, Marty. Life After Deaf details his experience with warmth, understanding, and candor. It’s the story not only of his way back to the world of the hearing, but of a great marriage that weathered serious testing. Their determination and resilience serve as a source of inspiration for all.

Life After Deaf is not just for the more than forty million people in the United States alone who cope with some form of hearing loss, but is also for their wide circles of friends, family, caregivers, and audiologists. This highly readable book will be an invaluable guide and source of hope for the large number of baby boomers now handling hearing loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510746879
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Noel Holston is a Pulizter Prize nominee whose writing has appeared in more than one hundred publications, including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times,Huffington Post, and New York Daily News. He lost most of his hearing in 2010. Thanks to cochlear implant surgeries, therapy, and more than a little help from his wife and friends, he continues to write, act, and tell stories. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife, singer-actress Marty Winkler.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction David Bianculli xi

Monkey Business 1

Doctor, Doctor 5

Whispers in Bedlam 11

Closed Captioning 21

Wicked 25

I'd Rather Go Blind 33

Sitting Here in Limbo 41

Pride and Prejudice 47

Location, Location, Location 51

Masters of Disguise 59

Goldberg Variations 63

Drill, Baby, Drill 69

Helplessly Hoping 77

We'll Remember Always, Activation Day 87

Country Roads 93

Here Comes the Night 97

Blue Christmas 101

Radiant Beams 105

Dancing in the Dark 109

The Witch Doctor 113

Hello, It's Me 117

Revise and Consent 123

CapTales 131

I Say a Little Prayer 135

Realm of the Senses 139

Fight Club 145

House Call 149

Crossed Swords 153

Ear We Go Again 161

I Love LA 165

Reactivation 169

Rabbit Box 175

Back to Life 181

Duluth 187

Epilogue 191

Postscript 197

Acknowledgments 201

Appendix 203

Song Credits 209

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