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Hear Again: Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant Paperback – March 1, 2002
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So many people could benefit from your experience and have a better understanding of not only the cochlear implant (CI).. -- Pat Tomlinson - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Retired
Your chronicles will enrich the lives of many who read about your CI exploits! -- Richard Herring - Director, NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
More About the Author
Arlene Romoff had normal hearing until her teen years, when a slow, degenerative hearing loss led to her becoming profoundly deaf. She received her first cochlear implant (CI) in 1997 and became a bilateral CI user in 2008.
Arlene co-founded Advocates for Better Communication, the advocacy committee of the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), and currently serves on the CHC's board of directors. She also co-founded the Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey, the state affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and serves as its president. In 2010, she received HLAA's State Organization Award. Arlene has served as a governor-appointed member of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council for the past twelve years, and sits on other advisory boards in the state.
She is the author of the books "Hear Again--Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant" and "Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing", as well as numerous articles for magazines and newsletters. Her pioneering efforts helped bring open captioned live theatrical performances to Broadway, London, and regional U.S. theaters, for which she received the Humanitarian Award from Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU). Her other advocacy initiatives have resulted in unprecedented access for people with hearing loss at museums, movies, hospitals, and public events. Considered an expert on hearing loss, Arlene is consulted and speaks on a wide range of topics including cochlear implants, assistive technology, accessibility, advocacy, and sensitivity training.
Live interview at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqzQtuHiJaw
Top Customer Reviews
Like with anything else in life we are all individuals and one persons cochlear implant journey will not be like any other. Arlene's book inspired me to make this journey for myself with no expectations and just a nervous hope that I might do as well. I am happy to say that I have surpassed my wildest dreams, and hearing my daughter's voice for the first time ever made it all worthwhile.
This book is a must read for anyone considering cochlear implant surgery. Arlene's journey to hearing again with a CI shows how the process works, how slow it might be, what obstacles you might face and gives real honest hope to anyone suffering from a severe hearing loss.
This book is a record of a different kind of journey, a joyful one, from the silence of profound deafness back to hearing, thanks to a miracle of modern medical technology, the cochlear implant.
Using her e-mails to friends and family as a starting point, Ms. Romoff weaves a gripping story of small miracles: hearing the sound of jingling keys for the first time in years, the sound of walking through fall leaves, the "crunch" of eating potato chips...to hearing her own voice once again. We take this journey with her as we read this well-written journal. The reader understands, perhaps for the first time, the unique ways deafness isolates an individual from the world around her.
By sharing the "journey back" with her, I found myself becoming more and more aware of these small miracles of sound that we hearing folk take for granted. As a fully hearing but legally blind person, who had totally blind parents, I thought I understood the isolations and frustrations of limited sensory input, but this book heightened my awareness and compassion immensely. Thank you, Ms. Romoff, for sharing this story with us!
However, CIs are not always so successful and, at times, are a complete flop. That is not portrayed at all and I think that many people considering a CI or who have a family member considering a CI read this book as a way to see what will happen to them next. That is unrealistic. It isn't healthy to assume that one person's results from this operation are what will happen to everyone. Of course, her experience will be had by many.....just not all. This is coming from a cochlear implant recipient who not only didn't get any success, but regrets greatly that it was performed.
Looking for inspiration? This book can provide that. Looking for an unbiased idea of what a cochlear implantee can expect? Definitely NOT a good option. Just this deafie's opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished reading "Hear Again." As someone starting on this journey I found the author's accounts helpful and I could relate to her descriptions of her life before... Read morePublished 11 days ago by heather
I am considering a cochlear implant and looking for information. This book is a comprehensive view of the author's experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is giving me a feeling of what to expect when I get my cochlear implant... I was able to identify with a lot of the things Arlene discussed in the book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great service but did not enjoy the book that much. Got tired of her saying how wonderful CI is and it is not that great for me.Published on November 7, 2013 by Judy Wilkins
Mrs. Romoff did a great job bringing us into her world pre and post cochlear implant surgery. She has enlightened us by sharing her story. Thanks!Published on April 7, 2013 by G. Paige
I'm a mother of a recently implanted child, and read many blogs written by the parents of CI children before committing to surgery. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by karakula