Are you a bit of a bookworm? We’ve compiled a list of our top five favourite books about hearing loss. People who are hard of hearing may discover much to relate to in these works of fiction and non-fiction.
Deaf Child Crossing, by Marlee Matlin
This book is aimed at pre-teens, but adults will find it an easy and enjoyable read. Written by Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, it tells the story of Megan, a deaf girl, and her new best friend.
Deaf Sentence, by David Lodge
David Lodge tells the story of Desmond Bates, a retired professor of linguistics in his mid 60s struggling to come to terms with a worsening hearing loss. This funny and often moving novel has received many positive reviews from critics and readers alike.
Listen with the Heart: Relationships and Hearing Loss, by Michael Harvey
This collection of stories focuses on the toll hearing loss can take on an individual’s relationships with family and friends. Harvey masterfully demonstrates the struggles experienced not only by the person suffering from hearing loss, but also the people around them. A fantastic read for anyone who has been touched by deafness or hearing loss in one way or another.
Shouting Won’t Help: Why I – And 50 Million Other Americans – Can’t Hear You, by Katherine Bouton
Katherine Bouton struggled to hide her hearing loss while working as an editor at the New York Times, keeping it a secret for twenty-two years. Shouting Won’t Help is a brilliant investigation into the widespread yet invisible problem of hearing loss.
Deafening, by Frances Itani
Set during World War I, this excellent novel tells the story of Grania O’Neill, a young woman who was deafened at the age of five after a bout of scarlet fever. Shortly after her marriage to Jim Lloyd, her new husband leaves their home in Canada to fight in the war. Deafening explores their relationship through the silence in which Grania lives.