Hearing Loss by Michael Simmons
From Stigma to Strategy

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Literally millions of people in Britain are affected by hearing loss, and the number is growing steadily. For many, it is a desperate situation, for others, an unwished-for challenge: to enter the world of hearing aids and gadgets, and to somehow come to terms with other people’s jokes—blindness is never laughed at—and the need to adjust a muffled, or even silent, environment. Michael Simmons, a distinguished international journalist until his retirement in 1997, has age-related hearing loss. Researching for this book, he soon realized it was a very poor relation in the deafness field. Deafness itself has been the subject of many, many books for many generations. Hearing loss, on the other hand, is swept under the carpet, under-researched, under-funded while also being routinely exploited by unscrupulous hearing appliance manufacturers. Simmons examines the stigma and the suffering of hearing loss, traces the history of fellow sufferers and the remedies they—and their partners—have tried, and goes on to look at the viable resources and remedies that are available. He finds there is light at the end of the tunnel.

About Michael Simmons

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Michael Simmons worked for the Financial Times as a political journalist specializing in Eastern Europe. He later spent 20 years on the Guardian, once again in Eastern Europe, latterly commentating on political and social affairs in Britain. He is also a columnist for RNID's One in Seven magazine. He is the author of five books.
Published January 1, 2005 by Peter Owen Publishers. 200 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Hearing loss, according to Simmons, is the most common sensory disability, and this memoir-cum-manual about adult-onset hearing loss should be read by anyone with the condition and those who know them.

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