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Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing

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Imagine what it would be like not to hear a sound--no music, no friendly voices, no children's laughter. Arlene Romoff doesn't have to imagine how it would feel: She lived it. Although she was born with normal hearing, in her late teens it began to slip away, as if someone were lowering the volume of the world around her. Over the next twenty-five years, Arlene began a lon ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Imagine
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Chad Sayban
Jul 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Born with normal hearing, Arlene Romoff began to gradually lose it throughout her teens. Over the course of the next twenty-five years she slowly descended into total deafness. At the time, there was no hearing aid or device that could help her until the technology of cochlear implants was created and allowed her the miracle of being able to once again hear. But ten years later, that implant failed and Arlene was forced to have another procedure done with new state-of-the-art technology.

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Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a followup to Romoff's early work in which she chronicles her life from hearing, to deafness and back again thanks to a cochlear implant. People with these devices are about as close as modern science comes to the cyborgs we read about in science fiction. Connecting the cochlea to an external microphone can bypass many forms of deafness and allow the deaf to hear.[return][return]Although Hear Again chronicles this journey, Listening Closely is Romoff's memoir of what happens when he ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I was researching cochlear implants for myself, I read Arlene Romoff's first book, "Hear Again". It was the inspiration for making the decision to go forward with the cochlear implant surgery. My life was changed forever!

The 'Listening Closely' sequel is the perfect companion book. Arlene went through 10 years of excellent hearing with her cochlear implant, only to have her device stop functioning. One minute she was hearing and living her life, and the next she was plunged back into silenc
I don't feel that this book gave me what I was looking for: a guide as to what to expect from the surgery and tips on the medical process. I am thrilled for Arlene's happiness in bilateral hearing. However, she spent just too much time talking about how this and that simply couldn't be a coincidence and was suggestive of I suppose, God's help to people. I really don't care about that. I wanted to know things like how did she manage in the hospital? To be fair, she did touch on that a bit. I want ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A candid story of what it's like to hear with cochlear implants. I loved Arlene's first book, which I read after my own sudden deafness. Thanks to her description of how sound changed as time went by and her brain adapted to hearing with a CI, I had a very good idea of what to expect when I received my bilateral cochlear implants.

In this second book, Arlene describes what it was like to deal with a failure of her cochlear implant after 10 years of hearing. What she went through as she waited fo
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I found Arlene Romoff’s Listening Closely a disappointing read. It is the story of her journey with getting cochlear implants in first one ear then in both and the struggles of the decisions and when things go wrong. I usually like books in this genre and I have several books in my collection that are written in a journal format that I love. My issue is that the book reads like it was dictated to someone else. Even when the author touches on he feelings it reads like she is describing something ...more
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