Shouting Won't Help by Katherine Bouton
Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear You

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...the author is one of the millions of people whose hearing began failing when she was much younger, and she masterfully depicts its effects on her personal and professional life.
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For twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. An editor at The New York Times, at daily editorial meetings she couldn't hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse. As she once put it, she was "the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the nineteenth century."

Audiologists agree that we're experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 50 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss—17 percent of the population. And hearing loss is not exclusively a product of growing old. The usual onset is between the ages of nineteen and forty-four, and in many cases the cause is unknown.

Shouting Won't Help is a deftly written, deeply felt look at a widespread and misunderstood phenomenon. In the style of Jerome Groopman and Atul Gawande, and using her experience as a guide, Bouton examines the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically. She speaks with doctors, audiologists, and neurobiologists, and with a variety of people afflicted with midlife hearing loss, braiding their stories with her own to illuminate the startling effects of the condition.

The result is a surprisingly engaging account of what it's like to live with an invisible disability—and a robust prescription for our nation's increasing problem with deafness.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

 

About Katherine Bouton

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Katherine Bouton is a former senior editor at The New York Times, where she worked for the magazine, the Book Review, and the daily Books section. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and many other magazines and reviews. She is currently a regular reviewer and contributor to Science Times. She lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Menaker. They have two grown children.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by SETH S. HOROWITZ on Mar 01 2013

...the author is one of the millions of people whose hearing began failing when she was much younger, and she masterfully depicts its effects on her personal and professional life.

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