Posted by: hlacentralma | September 18, 2013

Book Talk – Featuring Katherine Bouton, author of “Shouting Won’t Help…”

Come hear Katherine Bouton, the author of “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I — and 50 Million Other Americans — Can’t Hear You.”

We are very fortunate to have Katherine joining us at our next chapter meeting. Did you see her on the cover of Hearing Loss magazine?

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 1:30-3:30 pm.

Northborough Public Library, Northborough, MA (Directions and address below)



There are many books about deafness, but very few about going deaf. The difference is profound. To lose your hearing, someone once said, is to lose part of your self.

I know. I’ve been there. “Shouting Won’t Help” shares my experience. I began to lose my hearing when I was 30, from unknown causes. The loss was progressive and by the time I was 60 I was profoundly deaf in one ear, and with severe loss in the other.

When I started thinking about this book, I had been struggling with increasingly severe hearing loss for much of a decade. I was depressed, angry, stalled in my work, isolated from my family and friends. My reaction was in no way unique.

Hearing loss is a hidden disability, one often borne in secret. It affects friendships, family, and professional lives. Many people have told me their stories. In the book, I share theirs along with my own, in the hope that others will come to see that there is a path to acceptance, a way to return to life. Life after deaf.

Forty-eight million Americans have some degree of hearing loss—17 per-cent of the population. If you’re among them, or if you’re married to someone with hearing loss, or if you’re a friend, a colleague, a relative, this book may help in coming to that elusive state of acceptance. The first step, acknowledgment, is a major one — major both in effort and reward. I hope this book will help you find your way there.

“Katherine Bouton’s book is not only entertaining — it is profoundly necessary. As the daughter of a hearing-impaired person, I found that it offered me insight, inspired compassion, and made me feel less alone. I can’t wait to share it the my mom!”
— Peggy Orenstein, author of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter.”

“Katherine Bouton offers a wealth of information and insight about a frustrating and isolating condition. Her book inspires those who suffer from hearing loss and educates those who wish to understand its vicissitudes.”
— Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff writer for The New Yorker. 

Be sure to mark your calendar and bring your questions and experiences for discussion.

There will be CART. Below is the direction to the library as you must access the building from Patty Lane.




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