Looking for a new read? Check out these hot-off-the-press hearing loss books.
With more time at home practicing social distancing, now is a great time to catch up on reading! Whether you’re looking for hearing loss books for yourself or someone you know, there are many captivating and insightful page-turners to discover. In this post, we’re highlighting some of the newest books about hearing loss – each one featured was published in 2019-2020.
New books about hearing loss to check out:
- All the Ways I Hear You (children)
- The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree (children)
- My Deaf Friend Can Do Anything You Can Do (children)
- The Sound of Silence (tween)
- Ephphatha (adult)
- Life After Deaf (adult)
- Smart Hearing (adult)
- Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World (adult)
- Deaf Republic: Poems (adult)
- The Little Book of Hearing Aids (guide)
Learn more about these hearing loss books below.
All the Ways I Hear You| Publish date: November 2019 (children)
This book’s main character, Sy, and his group of friends are a squad of children experiencing hearing loss, vision loss, or both. It celebrates diversity and inclusivity while introducing young readers to different hearing systems and communication preferences, from cochlear implants to sign language. The author and her young son both have hearing loss, so it’s a story inspired by their real-life experience.
The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree | Publish date: February 2019 (children)
This hearing loss book was written to help families and educators start conversations about hearing loss with the children in their lives. The overarching theme of the story is about how children can make great friends with one another, regardless of hearing level.
My Deaf Friend Can Do Anything You Can Do |Publish date: February 2020 (children)
Misunderstandings about hearing loss can happen at any age. This book features a young girl who is deaf and her hearing friend who take on a courageous task. They work to dispel hearing loss myths and show others that people with hearing loss are empowered to do whatever they set their minds to. Readers will also learn a little sign language along the way!
The Sound of Silence | Publish date: April 2020 (tween)
This brand-new tale from a hearing son of two deaf parents gives an inside look at the challenges and joys of two worlds merging in one family. Written for ages 9-12, this book about hearing loss is an adaptation of Myron’s memoir, Hands of My Father (which is a great read for adults but doesn’t qualify as a “new” book for this list!).
Ephphatha | Publish date: January 2019 (adult)
Meaning “to be opened,” Ephphatha is a memoir of a father’s journey with his deaf son, Christopher. From his childhood into early adulthood, this hearing loss book follows Christopher as he relentlessly pursues his goals and overcomes obstacles. The story is mostly framed through the lens of Christopher’s passion and dedication to basketball, which took him all the way to an Ivy League school! It’s a moving, inspirational story that sports lovers will especially enjoy.
Life After Deaf | Publish date: November 2019 (adult)
Subtitled My Misadventures in Hearing Loss and Recovery, this hearing loss book is a saga of author Noel Holston’s sudden deafness, misdiagnoses, surgeries, and eventual hearing restoration. Together, he and his wife weather the challenges and frustrations with humor and hope. This book about hearing is an inspiring read both for people with hearing loss and the ones they love.
Hogan’s Hope | Publish date: January 2020 (adult)
Mixing things up a little, this heartwarming true story isn’t about a human with hearing loss. It’s about Hogan, a dog with hearing loss! After a rough start in life, this little Dalmatian was rescued, adopted into a loving family, and began to thrive—learning over 65 signs and commands in American Sign Language!
Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World | Publish date: October 2019 (adult)
Dive into this fascinating hearing loss book about the science of hearing, why taking positive action on your hearing health is so important, the encouraging developments in medicine and technology, and more. The writing style is pleasantly engaging, accessible, and full of anecdotes to keep you interested.
Deaf Republic: Poems | Publish date: March 2019 (adult)
This is a wholly unique and acclaimed fictional story-in-poetry about an occupied country during wartime where every citizen loses hearing after the shooting of a deaf boy. The prose illustrates how the characters adapt with bravery to stand up against the evil around them. Prepare to be drawn into the elegant narrative and the profound and philosophical insights it offers about humanity.
The Little Book of Hearing Aids | Publish date: July 2019 (guide)
If you wear hearing aids or know someone who does, this book about hearing loss is an excellent guide. It goes over how they work and what to look for, explains different styles and features, gives tips on maintenance, and covers offerings from major hearing aid brands. The author goes beyond hearing aids themselves to coach readers through audiologist visits, audiograms, categories of hearing loss, and more—all in a gentle, accessible, and even humorous way.
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