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6:5 Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Are You Ignoring the Signs?

Learn All You Need to Know About Hearing Loss

Living with Hearing Loss earned the endorsement of Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education in a recent issue. The reviewer notes, “At first blush, it seems that this book is specifically for older adults, who—I learned—may wait as long as five to seven years before seeking assistance for their hearing difficulties. However, the consumer is actually a broad-based entity; this book has important information for parents, teachers, and professionals interested in deafness. There is indeed something for everybody.” Written by Marcia B. Dugan, past president of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Living with Hearing Loss, provides complete information about hearing loss from A to Z, including hearing aids and other technology, speechreading, tinnitus and how to deal with it, strategies for everyday situations, resources and related Internet sites, and much more.

You can read the full review here. Also, read about the early signs, myths, types, and causes of hearing loss. Then, take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount by ordering this user-friendly resource, and discover how you can begin to cope with hearing loss and avoid dependency upon others.

The Santa Barbara News Press recently celebrated Mark Rigney’s Deaf Side Story in the Books section of its Sunday newspaper. “Deaf Side Story proves itself to be a small and unlikely pleasure and an account of not only a momentary theatrical triumph of collaboration but a powerful and humbling learning experience for all those involved.” In addition, “Mr. Rigney not only does a good job of keeping all the volatile characters in the picture and of tracing the arc of the show’s trouble and progress, he also provides important information about the varieties and derivations of sign language the deaf community uses and much about the serious determination of that culture to define itself,” praises the reviewer. In Deaf Side Story, author Mark Rigney succinctly depicts the progress of one college’s production of the 1957 classic American musical West Side Story, from the clashes between the deaf high school cast members and their hearing counterparts to the final production. Read the full-length review and the book’s Prologue, and order Deaf Side Story.

“At the end of the day, these editors are to be commended for they have achieved much more than the modest assertion of having strung together several threads of investigation and scholarship,” was the sentiment of Revue Générale de Droit, a publication of the University of Ottawa, concerning Deaf People in Hitlers Europe. “They have produced a timely and thought-provoking collection of articles and essays that reveal how the victimization of the deaf resembled and differed from that of the non-deaf community and in so doing, have overcome the many barriers in communication that confront the deaf. And, in addition, they have pointed to legal historians of the Holocaust (and jurists dedicated to the protection and promotion of liberty) an area of scholarship that has been under explored over the years.” The full review is available online. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Deaf People in Hitlers Europe, edited by Donna F. Ryan and John S. Schuchman, is a collection of essays that were inspired by the Deaf People in Hitlers Europe, 1933-1945, conference staged at Gallaudet University in 1998. You can read more about this important facet of the Holocaust in an excerpt from Part III: The Jewish Deaf Experience, and order this vital study.


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