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Your Child's Hearing Loss: What Parents Need to Know Paperback – March 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399530770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530777
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This easy-to-understand memoir/resource guide will be extremely valuable to parents of children who've been diagnosed with hearing loss, both for its technical information as well as its emotional support. Freelance writer Waldman tells of her initial shock when her daughter was diagnosed with hearing problems at age three. These passages are nicely balanced by the more nitty-gritty sections by audiologist Roush. Seeking to "provide information at a level that is informative to parents without being unnecessarily detailed or technical," the authors interweave lessons on ear health with personal stories, such as the one in which Waldman admits that she feels guilty for not realizing her daughter was hard of hearing. The book provides a concise guide to the medical specialists parents in Waldman's situation should consult, and what each one does. Because her daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss, not complete deafness, Waldman doesn't have much to say about learning and using sign language. Instead, she focuses on the benefits of hearing aids, with practical advice on cleaning them, replacing batteries and concealing them with long hair. The most touching chapter gives suggestions on how to deal with teachers, other parents and cruel adolescents. This book isn't intended for parents of completely deaf children, but for those whose children suffer from hearing loss, it's a godsend. (Mar.)
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...extremely valuable to parents of children who've been diagnosed with hearing loss... -- Publishers Weekly

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It is very informative and provides great information.
SR
We were lucky enough to catch our daughter's hearing loss right at birth and thanks to this book, are better educated and aware of what to expect and questions to ask.
J. A. Weber
I highly recommend this book for the initial diagnosis period, when you need to understand all you are about to deal with.
S. McNeil

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ebattle on May 2, 2005
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My son was diagnosed at birth with a mild/moderate hearing loss. He is now almost two. Over the past two years I searched and searched for a book like this. Most books on hearing loss are outdated or not for children as young as mine diagnosed with an M/M loss. I found the up to date info on hearing aids and testing so useful. However it was the testimonials that really helped the most. I was so pleased to hear other parent's thoughts and fears and found them similar to mine. The unknown is the scariest part of any diagnosis and to read what other parents had gone through each step of the way was calming. It was also wonderful to hear the thoughts of the older children and adults who have hearing loss and to hear, in their words, their experiences. I keep this book on my nightstand and re-read chapters or passages often. It has been the only book that has given me the information I have needed and a view into the future that is realistic and reassuring. I would highly recommend this book to any parent and or teacher of a hearing impaired child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sandmeistress on April 20, 2005
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This book makes you feel as if a good friend has just sat down with you over a cup of coffee and listened to all your concerns about your child, and then tells you everything practical you need to know. Debby Waldman, who has gone through this, explores the complicated and powerless feelings parents may have, as much as she does the technical, scientific explanations that parents need. And she does both with humor, with understanding and with good common sense. She tackles everything from the first inkling that there might be a problem to taking care of the hearing aids and dealing with the school officials. A wonderful, comforting resource as well as a pat on the back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Waldman on September 23, 2005
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This book explains to parents of hearing impaired children the various procedures and types of devices developed to meet the needs of these children. In concise language that the laymen can understand, this story gives accurate information regarding the use of hearing devices and some of the problems that may arise from their use. It also presents to the professionals the feelings and needs of the parents, The author uses both humor and pathos to describe the many problems faced by both the parents of hearing impaired children and the professionals who work with them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SR on May 25, 2005
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I wish this book had been available when my son was diagnosed with a mild to moderate hearing loss 12 years ago. It is very informative and provides great information. I had found it difficult to find information regarding the hard of hearing child when my son was first diagnosed. It is also wonderfully comforting to read the experiences of other parents - it made me realize that I certainly was not alone. I bought an extra copy and gave it to my son's hearing itinerant so she could share it with other families.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Ohlbaum on September 11, 2005
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I've been trying to get my parents and grandmother to wear hearing aids for decades -- all to no avail. They say that hearing aids don't work and they'd be embarrassed by the looks. So when I came across this book, which describes in close, interesting and lively detail everything you need to know about different types of hearing loss, how hearing aids work, the strengths and weaknesses of various assistive devices, the importance of hearing to proper language and social development, and most importantly, the emotional aspects of hearing loss for both parents and children, I knew this was the book for me. No matter that this is meant for parents of young children; the information is useful to anyone who knows anyone hard of hearing, and the writing intimate and engaging even if you don't. After reading the book, I understand better some of the old attitudes and social constraints that keep my family from taking responsibility for their own health -- and now I have the facts (and a long list of inspirational stories!) that will give them the courage to get the help they need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Weber on May 25, 2008
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When we learned our second daughter had mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears, I was filled with so many emotions and confusion. From the moment I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It was nice to be able to relate to someone's else's story and it helped put my emotions and fears into perspective. It helped me see the bigger picture in all of this. I have since recommended it to the speech and developmental therapists that work with our daughter and they have added it to their school's library. We were lucky enough to catch our daughter's hearing loss right at birth and thanks to this book, are better educated and aware of what to expect and questions to ask.
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