The list author says: "These are books I've come across (some helpful, some not so helpful) that teach about Hearing Loss. Some are written for children, others for adults. Some feature manual, some the aural/oral. Please feel free to comment with suggestions on books!!!"
"A direct copy of "Oliver gets Hearing Aids," published by Oticon. "Patrick Gets Hearing Aids" is published by Phonak. I'm not sure which copy came first, but they are EXACTLY the same, so it comes down to whether you prefer a rabbit or an elephant to teach your children about hearing aids. Both contain good information about feelings, and a detailed description of the audiological visit."
"See description for "Patrick Gets Hearing Aids." Both books are exactly the same. This is the one published by Oticon, and featuring an elephant. I would highly recommend checking out the companion book, "Oliver gets FM," also published by Oticon."
"Written for children. A bit long, and the question and answer format really only works if kids are already familiar with what a hearing loss means and steps that are taken to get hearing aids. Good illustrations, though."
"Good for later elementary/middle school children. The technology mentioned is quite old (body-worn hearing aids), but the description of how a hard of hearing child may feel in class and social situations with friends is identifiable."
"A useful book for resource room teachers of the D/HH. Practical activities are described and illustrated for word-building, synonym and antonym practice, and introducing prefixes and suffixes. Many of the activities described are more useful if meeting with students on an everyday basis."
"More of a personal account of hearing loss. Still an interesting read, but not really applicable for teaching unless you work with the 55+ population. Although not the book's fault, most of the technology described is already outdated."
"This one gets a little technical and runs a little long to hold kid's interest. It has a lot of examples of what a mainstreamed child with hearing loss may encounter, and features both speech therapy and Sign Language interpreting."
"A fairly extensive resource book for parents. Covers a HUGE range of possible issues that may arise. The only problems I had with this book: the overt slant towards manual communication, and some of the activities suggested could get pricy for parents on a budget, or quite lengthy on prep time for the time-crunched parent."
"A fantastic read. Try and find it used. This book is chock full of helpful suggestions and resources. Don't be turned off by "counseling" in the title. This is a very easy read. The "families" get a bit left out, but recommendations for children are excellent!"
"A fairly good resource. There are a few inaccuracies and quite a bit is left out, though. One interview describes hearing loss in terms of percentages. There are no descriptions of decibel loss in the book. A "quick read" to give the basics in lay mans terms for anyone with a hearing loss."
"Really in-depth information about how hearing works. Covers other aspects of sound, which are interesting segues. This book has disappointing coverage of hearing loss, and portrays it more as something "fixable" by cochlear implants and medical research. There are also several references to a normative hearing background (knowing the birthday song, hearing a book drop from a table, etc.)"