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Deaf Isn't Dumb is a motivational story of a young woman, Tara, who faces the challenges of growing up "hearing impaired" in a hearing world. Follow her stories as she recounts everything from childhood bullies to work related restrictions and funny misunderstandings from mispronounced words to fear of Federal Air Marshals. In this tale, straight from the heart, learn that ...more
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Published April 27th 2012 by Breathless Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Janet
May 15, 2012 Janet added it
I cannot rate this for this is my daughters story. I found this very funny at times but most of all it made me cry. I remember the times she would come home from school and mention the stuff that happened. It is just as hard to live it now as it was then. Even tho time has passed, I still get angry about some of the cruel and uncaring things that were said to her and behind her back. Oh yeah, I know about that cause, I was a volunteer at her school. I was in and around the school on and off all ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Jul 29, 2012 Tara Chevrestt added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Makeover and relaunch soon. :)
Elinor
Mar 30, 2015 Elinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this well-written account from Tara Chevrestt of her life as a child and young adult who must negotiate her difficult way in the world with just five percent of her hearing. It was a fascinating look at her life so far, and I learned a great deal about deafness. My only regret is that the book was too short, because I would have liked to read more about this inspirational young woman. Her career as an aviation mechanic is intriguing. She also writes a super book review blog call ...more
Shomeret
Aug 12, 2012 Shomeret rated it it was amazing
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The school bullying and name calling that Tara experienced is rather horrendous, but so is the way Tara was treated in the work world. It was particularly unfair that she was charged with being dangerous when she had done her job well for a number of years.

There were also incidents where she didn't get proper service because employees didn't speak clearly. This is of key importance to a lip reader like Tara. When people who serve the public mumble and mutter, it isn't discrimination, but it's c
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Erin
Apr 02, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
Most of us go through life with blinders on, knowing only that situation to which we are born. Naturally, we give little thought to the personal experiences of others, unconsciously assuming that the person next to us views and experiences life much as we do ourselves. Seldom are we able to step into another’s shoes and see life from an entirely different perspective, but on occasion, books such as Tara Chevrestt’s Deaf Isn’t Dumb provide just such opportunities.

In relating her personal experie
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Madison
Jul 19, 2012 Madison rated it it was amazing
In Deaf Isn't Dumb, Tara Cheverestt gives us more than a glimpse into her world. She gives us a full-on show of what her life has been like. This memoir is a true eye-opener in more ways than one. If you're impaired in any way physically...it doesn't matter. All you need is your heart and an open mind to enjoy this book.


Travelling with Tara through her many life events was an enlightening and enjoyable experience. Her thoughts, feelings and personality shine through in this memoir, making it ins
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Emery Lee
Jun 12, 2012 Emery Lee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I found this non-fiction memoir a truly fascinating and inspiring read. I have known only a handful of severely hearing impaired/deaf people in my life and have never really imagined what day to day life would be like without the gift of hearing. I am amazed at how the author has adapted and carried on a fairly "normal" life. Indeed I met this author and intereacted with her for almost a year through Goodreads before I ever became aware of her hearing impairment.

Her story is related anecdotally
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Dawn (& Ron)
Can you imagine being a little girl and starting to lose your hearing? How would you fit into the "normal" world and cope with getting an education in regular public schools? How this shapes and continues to shape the adult, and how the adult continues to learn and adapt, is what draws us to this book.
Susan
Because I am just plain nosy about others people's lives, I love reading memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies. This one, about a child growing up hearing impaired, reaching adulthood almost totally deaf, and knowing that she would be totally deaf one day, certainly didn't let me down.

The book is not too long and is filled with vignettes of the author's life. Sadly, too many of the incidents are about how she was bullied, misunderstood, and discriminated against. It paints a not-too-flatteri
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Laura DeLuca
Jun 15, 2013 Laura DeLuca rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what life would be like in a silent world? Hear Through My Ears follows the life of Tara Chevrestt, a deaf women .It gives you an inside look at the challenges and triumphs she has faced in the hearing world. From being bullied in the schoolyard to being discriminated at work, Tara has faced it all and come out kicking. There are so many little things we take for granted every day, from being able to watch a movie without captions to the ability to hear the intercom at the ...more
Shyla Colt
Sep 30, 2012 Shyla Colt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hear through my Ears is the interesting, inspiring, and triumphant real story of a girl who grew up with hearing lost and refused to let it keep her from doing what she wanted to do.
I think we've all wondered what it would be like not to be able to hear or see. Hear through my Ears answers one of those questions. As a passenger on the journey of a woman with severe hearing loss I experienced so many different emotions. I was impressed with her parents for their insistence that she be raised ju
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Lisa Markson
Jan 20, 2013 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Hear Through My Ears by Tara Chevrestt in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. I loved this true story of her account of her life dealing with being "hearing impaired ". She doesn't feel that it is a disability as most would consider it. How many times have you gone to a restaurant and the table next to you has screaming children at it? Tara can take care of that problem with a flick of a switch no more screaming children. Being deaf or hearing impaired you are provide ...more
Book Perfection Perfection
May 30, 2012 Book Perfection Perfection rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb for 'Deaf Isn't Dumb' I was quite interested in taking a look at Tara's story. Having grown up with a relative who was deaf, experiencing auditory and speech issues when I was younger and ear problems still as an adult, I related to some of the stories Tara had faced in her life, especially when it came to the childhood incidents: the operation and her reactions, the teasing by other children, the lack of peer respect and friendships. There were times I was moved and want ...more
Dee
Apr 22, 2013 Dee rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of the this as a gift from Tara, I was really looking forward to reading it.

This book concentrates on stories from Taras past, things and people she's unfortunately had to encounter in her life, and others she had been fortunate to meet.

There was one story which got me, in a good way, and that was the man in the store who came up to Taras father with a piece of paper explaining 'I am deaf. I am looking for (name of item). Can you help me?' Such
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Victoria Vane
Aug 25, 2012 Victoria Vane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I found this non-fiction memoir a truly fascinating and inspiring read. I have known only a handful of severely hearing impaired/deaf people in my life and have never really imagined what day to day life would be like without the gift of hearing. I am amazed at how the author has adapted and carried on a fairly "normal" life. Indeed I met this author and intereacted with her for almost a year through Goodreads before I ever became aware of her hearing impairment.

Her story is related anecdotally
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Gill Wyatt
Jul 24, 2013 Gill Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This amazing book gives a wonderful insight into the world of a deaf person. I laughed and I cried reading this book. Tara has lived through so much prejudice and the disappointment of being unable to begin a career she had dreamed of, and yet her story is utterly inspirational. It made me think that there is very little that any of us couldn't achieve if we really want to. I thoroughly recommend this book.
J.L. Hammer
Nov 22, 2012 J.L. Hammer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hear through my Ears is a glimpse into the life of a girl who is hearing impaired and allows the reader to experience the obstacles she had to face in order to become the confident woman she is today. This collection of true stories tugged at my heart, made me want to shake ignorant people, and then made me question if I’d ever been guilty of some of those things myself.
Lance Greenfield
Nov 06, 2012 Lance Greenfield rated it it was amazing
I am sure that I wrote a review of this book when I first read it, but I shall revisit it and post a review soon.

J.S. Marlo
Jun 05, 2012 J.S. Marlo rated it it was amazing
Powerful insight into the journey of a hearing-impaired girl and the obstacles in her way. Well done, Tara!
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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, aviation mechanic, and dog mom. She loves vintage clothes and period dramas and wishes she could time travel. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.

She no longer writes books, but you can still read her t
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