For some with hearing loss, the feeling that “a conventional approach to treatment focused on hearing aid technology” can miss the day-to-day aspect of managing life, according to a press release from Page Two Books announcing the launch of Hear & Beyond. What’s missing, they argue, from this hearing care model is the “big picture— a real-life illustration of how hearing loss, its emotions, and its barriers affect every corner of your life.” In the book, hearing health advocates, consultants, and speakers Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan offer a new skills-based approach to hearing loss that is centered not on hearing better, but on communicating better.

Eberts and Hannan share their own hearing loss journeys and outline insights, strategies, and workarounds to help others engage with the world and be heard. According to the publisher, readers will gain tips for navigating all areas impacted by hearing loss, including relationships, work, and technology, as well as strategies for adopting a new, empowering mindset towards hearing loss and communication behaviors that can make almost any listening situation manageable.

“This is the book we wish we had at the beginning of our hearing loss journeys,” said Eberts and Hannan.

Informed by the experiences of thousands of people living with hearing loss, and corroborated by hearing science, technological advances, and modern hearing-care principles, Hear & Beyond “offers a new way forward”—whether you’re new to hearing loss or have been living with it for a long time.

The Authors

Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of Living with Hearing Loss, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience.

Shari Eberts

Eberts also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.

Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is a humorist, writer, and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is an international hearing health advocate, who creates awareness campaigns, school programs, and award-winning presentations to help people better understand the life with hearing loss, including her one-woman show, Unheard Voices. Hannan’s book The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss, written as part memoir and part survival guide, has helped readers around the world to embrace their own hearing challenges. Hannan has profound hearing loss and is bimodal, using both a hearing aid and a cochlear implant.

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Key messages

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 430 million people are affected with hearing loss and this number is increasing. Increased incidence of hearing loss has always been associated with aging, but cases are now trending younger as people who listened to loud music as kids are now reaching their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
  2. People with Hearing Loss (PWHL) benefit from practical tips developed by other PWHL, not just doctors or audiologists. The authors, two hearing loss advocates, share their personal stories and reveal how they have learned to accept, adapt, and embrace their hearing loss.
  3. The important first step in living skillfully with hearing loss is knowing what to expect. Understanding the big picture will help you better navigate your hearing loss journey.
  4. Living skillfully with hearing loss is possible. Hear & Beyond describes the trio of complementary strategies needed to do just that: mind shifts, technology, and non-technical communication game changers like, HEAR, the tool that the authors developed to improve almost any listening situation.
  5. Your goal should be to communicate better, not simply to hear better. If hearing better is all that you’re aiming for, aim higher. Technology has its limits. Better communication doesn’t.

Source: Page Two Books

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