|About the Book|
Learn ways to better cope with the many problems facing people with hearing loss, especially those fading it as they age. The author shares with you the many things he has learned over the past 30 years of his own experience with hearing loss inMoreLearn ways to better cope with the many problems facing people with hearing loss, especially those fading it as they age. The author shares with you the many things he has learned over the past 30 years of his own experience with hearing loss in language as simple as the topics allow. This is a consumer’s viewpoint, not a technical or professional discussion.He starts with a quick summary of his own experience that should help you realize that your own experience and frustrations are not unique but are shared with many others. He then shows many minor adjustments in your own behavior and that of your friends and relatives to improve the situation immediately, before seeking professional help or technical equipment. Following this is a discussion of what an audiologist can and cannot do for you and what that mysterious looking audiogram really means and how it is used.Then a chapter on hearing aids explains the many types and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. This is followed by useful tips on the care and maintenance of hearing aids and some information on costs and where you might be able to find some help with this problem. There are many other kinds of devices available which aid those with poor hearing whether or not they wear hearing aids, The next chapter discusses a broad variety of such devices, offering some idea of their costs and where they can be obtained.The final chapter takes up the question of what kinds of help is provided by society for people with hearing loss- what kinds of help you may expect to find in various public places and suggestions for how they might be improved, with some helpful suggestions to local managers. The importance of support groups for helping you and others adjust better is also mentioned with ideas on where to find such help. Finally a brief appendix gives addresses and websites for where you can find equipment, additional information and support for increasing your success in dealing with the difficult and largely misunderstood problems faced by those whose hearing is gone or slowly fading away.