Check out this list of books relevant to hearing, and please let us know if you have any to add. Happy reading!
Sophie’s Tales: Overcoming Obstacles by Melanie Paticoff
Sophie’s Tales: Overcoming Obstacles is the second adventure in the Sophie’s Tales series about a little dog with hearing loss who uses a cochlear implant to hear. In Overcoming Obstacles, Sophie is ready to hit the agility course and make some new friends. She meets Champ, a glasses-wearing Labradoodle who is confident he will be the agility champion. Will Champ be the winner or can Sophie help him learn that sometimes winning isn’t the only way to have fun?
Harmony Hears a Hoot is a children’s book about a young owl name Harmony who relates to kids with and without hearing loss and teaches tolerance with her adventures! Follow Harmony on her first day of school as she meets new friends, enjoys her classes, and teaches everyone what it’s like to have something unique about themselves.
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.
Audiologists agree that we’re experiencing a national epidemic of hearing loss. At present, 48 million Americans—17 percent of the population—suffer some degree of loss. More than half are under the age of fifty-five. In cases like Katherine Bouton’s, who experienced sudden hearing loss at the age of thirty, the cause is unknown.
In this deftly written and deeply felt look at a widespread and widely misunderstood phenomenon, Bouton recounts her own journey into deafness—and her return to the hearing world through the miracles of technology. She speaks with doctors, audiologists, neurobiologists, and others searching for causes and a cure, as well as those who have experienced hearing loss, weaving their stories with her own. Shouting Won’t Help is an engaging and informative account of what it’s like to live with an invisible disability—a must-read not only for those with hearing loss, who will recognize their stories in Bouton’s own, but for their families, friends, employers, and caregivers.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey Into The World Of Hearing Loss by Monique Hammond
What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss offers insightful, important information for anyone faced with hearing loss. On a bright autumn afternoon, while teaching her new class of pharmacology students, Monique Hammond’s world suddenly and inexplicably changed. As she tells it, “About halfway through the session, I noticed that the hearing in my left ear clouded over. Guppy-mouth movements failed to pop it. … I continued to teach the class, never missing a beat, even as my hearing gradually faded away.” By the time class ended a few hours later, her left ear felt like it was stuffed with cotton. Dismissing it as the possible effect of having a cold, she went home, promising herself she’d call the doctor in the morning. Later that night, however, an uncontrollable and severe bout of nausea and vertigo convinced her to go to the emergency room … where doctors seemed as baffled by her condition as she was. The only thing they knew for certain was that she was deaf in her left ear. What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss is Monique Hammond’s compelling true story, but it is so much more than a telling of her personal ordeal. A pharmacist by profession, she had a good understanding of ear function and anatomy, as well as ear infections and treatments. But nothing prepared her for her own sudden hearing loss, and her questions to medical professionals often left her with more questions than answers. What Did You Say? is the book she wishes she had when she was coping with and trying to understand her own hearing loss. Hammond points out that she is not a professional hearing specialist, so her first important message is that people who experience any ear-related symptoms “must consult their physician or ear specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.” From there, however, she provides organized, easy-to-understand facts and details, so that readers can have educated discussions with their medical professionals. Weaving together her own experiences with a wealth of information— causes of and types of hearing loss, audiology tests, hearing instruments and listening devices, support groups and organizations, resources and checklists, to name a few—Hammond’s wisdom and insights are invaluable, and her story is one that needs to be told.
Lacey’s luxurious life as an only child changes the day Mom and Dad bring home a new baby. Although Lacey goes through all the confusion and upset that any child feels when presented with a new sister or brother, she eventually comes to like having Elana around.
When Freddy finds himself sleeping through his alarm clock and hearing directions incorrectly, he is taken to see an ear doctor.
Freddy discovers that his hearing improves with the help of hearing aids.
This is the story of a litle boy with hearing loss. The book describes the process of getting hearing aids and all the new sounds Cosmo can hear with them.
Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner for Values and Life Lessons
This fun and original picture book introduces Almigal, a spunky little girl with hearing loss who is now determined to hear every single sound in the universe thanks to her new cotton candy pink cochlear implants. These sounds include a baby’s funny giggle, the robin’s chirps outside the window, the soft song played during ballet class, and especially her best friend Chloe’s teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her parents whisper to her when they tuck her into bed every night. Almigal’s spirit will have both children and parents alike rooting for her, while the story delivers a positive message about accepting and celebrating differences.
It’s Ben’s 7th birthday, but he really doesn’t want a birthday party! When his friends surprise him, he then learns just how easy it is for everyone to join in the fun.
Imagine waking up in a world of silence. You may see the world going on around you, but there is no laughter of a child, no birds singing and no soothing sound of the ocean as its waves gently tickle the shore.
In Hear Your Life, readers will learn how devastating the effects of hearing loss are and learn how to avoid them. Expert Melissa K. Rodriguez shares revealing and inspirational stories about hearing loss and the road back to better hearing. She answers commonly asked questions about hearing loss and has included a resource guide full of useful information For those ready to live life to the fullest, Hear Your Life can help!
Sarayi was born without ears, but now she hears the birds and her mother’s voice. Donna is a nurse that chooses to hear every heartbeat clearly. Margaret was reunited with the love of her life when her husband decided to seek help and a man named Joseph hears the bell ring at his beloved boxing matches again. Meet these people and more inside the pages of this book, be a part of their journey to hear the world around them.
Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. Rebecca’s story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.
In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm.
A little girl relates how her hearing deficiency is detected and corrected with the use of a hearing aid.