- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Digital Origina edition (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761187227
- ISBN-13: 978-0761187226
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Better with Hearing Loss: A Guide to Health, Happiness, Love, Sex, Work, Friends . . . and Hearing Aids Digital Origina Edition
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The most interesting portion for me personally concerned if and how to disclose hearing loss to prospective employers. I am a proponent of disclosing such information to employers, and the book tackles this sensitive topic by presenting the author's personal experiences in the workforce along with others'. Also compelling were the statistics about hearing loss and how it relates to education, employment, and income. Again, the author approaches this topic with adequate research and kept her opinions quiet. The research spoke for itself.
The latter part of the book discusses why few people use hearing devices or even disclose their hearing loss. The common theme was fear...fear of what employers would think or what friends or even strangers would say. The other disheartening part is most insurance companies and Medicare do not pay for hearing aids, yet these entities will pay for cochlear implants. Why should someone who is not a candidate for a cochlear implant but could benefit from hearing aids not have affordable access to them? That is where Bouton wisely touched upon advocacy efforts with organizations, such as the Hearing Loss Association of America, working to provide more affordable access to hearing assistive products and services.
For someone who is new to hearing loss or has lived with it for a number of years, such as myself, Living Better with Hearing Loss is well worth a read.
My conclusion is there are too many perceived choices on the market. Many brands by a few companies - the same inside. There are no sure and easy answers available. Much of the "magic" is the person who tests and fits the devices. Technology is advancing the level of help offered, but maybe not as fast as we'd like or need it to be.
(Long-time user of BTE, molded-to-fit, and Lyric. After reading the book and doing more research, I bought two new BTE aids at Costco.)