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"Why doesn't she just open up her ears and listen?" Few physical problems are as poorly understood as hearing loss. In Missed Connections, a new kind of self-help book that combines sociological reporting with personal reflection, sociologist Barbara Stenross examines what hearing loss feels like to those who have it and which technologies and strategies can improve ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published April 22nd 1999 by Temple University Press
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Jul 24, 2008 Alayne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who need to better understand how having a hearing loss affects those with the disability.
Recommended to Alayne by: Valerie Guy
This book was given to me my a friend who is a deaf/hard of hearing teacher. My daughter (who has a unilateral hearing loss) has had her for a teacher in the past. The book does a really nice job of describing the difficulties encountered by hard of hearing people. Most of this information I already knew. It was hard to relate to this book as it described hearing loss in adults whose loss of hearing appeared in adulthood. Also, these people had hearing loss in both ears. No one described in the ...more
I found this book very readable, and useful (if a bit dated at this point). My mother is profoundly deaf and I'm trying o understand it better. Her hearing has gotten worse over the years and only last year did I get in touch with how profoundly it affects her, after sharing a room and traveling together for a couple of weeks.
So far, so snooooze ... I hope it improves or this one is going in the "couldn't finish it" pile. Ok, I've finished the book and it did improve. But only somewhat. There were a few jewels to be found here but overall the book was mostly rocks (or some better and cooler metaphor than that).