What I Hear
Life with hearing loss
So you're not a "10" in every which way. But you're probably pretty spectacular in some way, and definitely good enough in most areas of life. If ever there were a time to stop beating yourself up for being human, it is now.
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Katherine Bouton, a former editor at The New York Times, is the author of Shouting Won't Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can't Hear You.
"What I Hear" explores the experience of losing one's hearing as an adult. In my 2013 memoir "Shouting Won't Help" i recounted my own experience with progressive hearing loss, how it affected me professionally, socially and psychologically, and how I learned to accept it
Losing your hearing is a deeply emotional experience, and very hard to talk about. Most people simply don't. For friends and relatives, it's often difficult to know how to respond, and how to help. For employers it can lead to misunderstandings and even the loss of one's job.