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Hearing Loss Resource Spotlight

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:04:00 PM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Loss Resource SpotlightAs previously stated on the Hearlink blog, we love to champion people and resources who are making life easier for those with hearing impairments. It all starts with awareness—spreading awareness far and wide so that even those who aren’t directly or indirectly impacted by hearing impairments can treat those who are with sensitivity and respect. These champions and these resources can be found all sorts of different places, working in many different capacities. Sometimes it’s a local doctor who has made a small breakthrough which could, over time, improve the science of audiology. Sometimes it’s a medical paper, which takes a different angle on a hearing impairment or development of a new treatment. Sometimes it’s driven by an inspirational person, who has created a timeless resource that those with hearing impairments can use for years to come. The latter, is what we’ll discuss today. Hearlink would like to shine a spotlight on a book, which is helping men and women adjust to living with hearing loss.


The book is called, “The Way I Hear It, A Life With Hearing Loss,” and its written by Gael Hannan. Gael Hannan is a writer, speaker and actor who hails from Canada. The book is one part guide, one part memoir, as Hannan shares her own experiences and how these can translate to future learnings. Her goal is to minimize any gaps between the diagnosis that doctors can provide and the real-life applications that come with any variety of hearing impairment.


What makes this book so special and unique, is the degree of humor with which Hannan writes. She’s not a doctor, and doesn’t have a ton of control over what goes on in a Doctor’s office, so she aims to offer advice that audiologists and doctors cannot. Instead of describing different surgeries and treatments that are accessible for those with hearing loss, she focuses on simple, but helpful advice that can seriously improve the day-to-day quality of life for this audience.


As you’ve probably guessed by now, Hannan herself suffers from hearing loss and has since a very young age. She was diagnosed at age three with sensorineural hearing loss. Doctors told her that hearing aids would bear no impact, and recommended against them. At age 20, Hannan decided to take a different path and was fitted with a hearing aid. It is this such hearing aid, that helped to change her life. Because of this, Hannah advocates for hearing aids, at least giving them a try. She shares comprehensive tips for the care and cleaning of hearing aids, as well as the best ways to use them. Additional standout tips include avoiding “bluffing” (pretending to hear something that you have not) and being proactive when communicating your needs to those in the vicinity. Hannan’s book is available on Amazon.


Do you have a hearing impairment resource or a Champion whose story you’d like to share on our blog? Please reach out to the Hearlink team. We would love to hear from you.

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