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My Hard of Hearing Life: Stories From Behind the Hearing Aids by [Dixon, Cynthia]
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About the Author

Cynthia Dixon is a native Floridian born with a hearing loss, which was finally diagnosed when she was 11 years old. She is a former Librarian with experience in public and academic libraries. Her recent involvement with ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) FL - Suncoast Chapter, has brought her face-to-face with many people who have similar life experiences. She has finally met her "tribe."

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  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6KSTEM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For someone who is both hard of hearing and legally blind, Cindy sees and hears more than most people . . . perhaps because she sees and hears "from the heart." Her wonderful collection of stories shows her plucky spirit and a marvelously quirky sense of humor. Each story is short--with a richly written set up . . . followed by a "zinger" . . . where the reader, if not disabled in the same way, realizes, "Hey, I've done that." And then comes the bigger understanding that we ALL have conditions that don't fit the ideal and Cindy is not so different from "the rest of us" -- she just got the disabilities earlier than many of us who will get them as we age. Yikes.

A girlfriend of mine's mother was NOT hard of hearing, but, after she had her voice box removed because of cancer, she had to speak with an electronic laryngectomy speech amplifier. When her mom didn't hold the amplifier properly, my friend couldn't understand her . . . and would YELL at her to move the device. I've also seen/heard people yell at people who were blind as if louder volume would improve vision. Somehow, we "normals" sometimes get our signals crossed.

The real question is: If you have a disability, how can I (able to see and hear normally) "build the bridge"? Cindy has provided the answer.

Listen.

With your eyes, and your ears, and your heart.
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Okay, as a fellow "deafie" I got a real charge out of this book. Cynthia observes the quirks of life as someone who is more or less functionally deaf, and does so with a sense of humor. She gets the point across with a good natured poke at herself and others. I was astonished that Super Hearing Boy can hear termites chewing wood. There must be an opening for a superhero with that sort of hearing acuity! The one observation that startled me was to realize, she's right - hearies can hear in the dark. Really. They can. You knew that? Well, I can't. Oh, I can hear noises in the dark, but I'm not sure they'd be words. Or maybe they'd be mrff draw zmmm piglleeee
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Cynthia's book will help non-deaf people understand how to better relate to those of us who are hearing impaired. The book made me laugh, gave me some great ideas for coping, and was simply a collection of genuine well-told stories about being hard of hearing/deaf. Many people are uncomfortable around us and this book should make it easier for them to laugh with us and not walk on eggshells, while also showing them what to do to communicate with us more effectively. Many people do not understand the exhaustion of lip reading or the frustration we have when they speak to us from another room. This book made me feel heard! No pun, intended.
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Wow this was much better than I expected. I thought it would be the same old stories but Cyndi taught me a few new things about hearing loss and also showed me a few different perspectives I had not thought of. We tend to forget how others view our deafness and think it only affects us. I think this also could be used as a training type read for anyone in the field.
Good job!
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As a normal hearing auditory researcher with hoh/deaf family members, this book provides great insight into the daily challenges facing deaf/hoh people. It is an easy read that bridges the misunderstandings that can occur between normal hearing and hoh/deaf people.
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I find this book very entertaining, funny, and well written! And I'm not only writing this as an hoh (hard of hearing) person who knows how many unintentionally funny and awkward pitfalls are lurking out there. Apart from countless guffaws and giggles while I was reading about these hilarious comic situations which Ms. Dixon conveys with a pronounced and rare sense for dry humor I think this book is also very informative for normal hearing people because it elucidates without lecturing. A very recommendable reading experience!
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I loved this book. I recently got diagnosed as moderate to moderate severely hearing impaired. This book made me feel like I'm not alone and that someone else is also experiencing the same stuff. I wish my colleagues would read this ... maybe they would realise that I'm not weird ... I'm just partially hearing.
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Cindy Dixon definitely has her finger on the pulse of what it is like to be hard of hearing or deafened and shows her great insight. Her collection of mini stories were so familiar to me as a person with hearing loss, yet she presented them so well it made for great fun in reading! I'm going to need several more copies to present to people that I've tried to explain hearing loss to in the past and never could, certainly not nearly as eloquently as Cindy Dixon does.

Her background as a librarian shows in the quality of this work too. (No typos, grammatical or punctuation errors, looks like it's been proofread and written by a professional.)
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