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Shouting Won't Help: Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can't Hear You    by Katherine Bouton Amazon.com order for
Shouting Won't Help
by Katherine Bouton
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Picador, 2014 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

As you'll discover when you read this book, hearing loss is on the increase in this country. Presently about 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. More than half these individuals are under 55 years of age. And, like the author of this book, many of these individuals experienced the sudden loss of hearing early in adulthood and the cause is a mystery.

A former editor at The New York Times, Katherine Bouton began to lose her hearing when she was thirty years old. In this well-written and deeply felt narrative, she looks at this widespread and often misunderstood phenomenon that affects about 17 percent of the population.

As she recounts her own journey into deafness and then her return to hearing through the miracle of technology, Bouton offers an explanation of what it is like to be deaf, from an insider's perspective. In doing so she also touches base with doctors, audiologists, neurobiologists and others seeking both causes and cures for the condition.

Weaving her story along with the accounts from others suffering from a loss of hearing, Bouton has created a very informative and heartfelt story of this invisible disability that touches so many families.

This is a must read book for those with hearing loss as well as anyone who has a family member, friend or employee dealing with the challenges associated with this all too common situation.

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