Shouting Won't Help (eBook)

Description


For twenty-two years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. An editor at The New York Times, at daily editorial meetings she couldn’t hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse. As she once put it, she was “the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the nineteenth century.”

Audiologists agree that we’re experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 50 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss—17 percent of the population. And hearing loss is not exclusively a product of growing old. The usual onset is between the ages of nineteen and forty-four, and in many cases the cause is unknown.

Shouting Wont Help is a deftly written, deeply felt look at a widespread and misunderstood phenomenon. In the style of Jerome Groopman and Atul Gawande, and using her experience as a guide, Bouton examines the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically. She speaks with doctors, audiologists, and neurobiologists, and with a variety of people afflicted with midlife hearing loss, braiding their stories with her own to illuminate the startling effects of the condition.

The result is a surprisingly engaging account of what it’s like to live with an invisible disability—and a robust prescription for our nation’s increasing problem with deafness.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

About the Author


Katherine Bouton is a former editor at The New York Times, where she worked for The New York Times Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, as well as the daily Science and Culture desks. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and many other magazines and reviews. She is currently a regular reviewer and contributor to Tuesday’s Science Times section. She lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Menaker. They have two grown children.

Praise for Shouting Won't Help…


“Four out of four stars.”—People

“Bouton is one of the millions of people whose hearing began failing when she was much younger, and she masterfully depicts its effects on her personal and professional life....Moving.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Out of [her] upheaval, Bouton reports about the science behind hearing loss and the public-health dangers of an increasingly noisy world, and provides brief biographies of others who have suffered similarly....Essential.”—The New Yorker

“Bouton writes eloquently of a condition that is far more common than we think.”—More

“Katherine Bouton’s book is not only entertaining—it is profoundly necessary. As the daughter of a hearing-impaired parent, I found that it offered me insight, inspired compassion, and made me feel less alone.”—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

“Katherine Bouton’s journey from acceptance to action is inspiring....An astonishing book.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

“Read this book, and listen up.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shouting Won’t Help is a fascinating and frequently moving exploration of the hearing loss that strikes so many of us and those we love. The book is filled with enlightening personal observations, wise advice, and answers to frequently asked questions. If you’ve ever said ‘What?,’ gotten annoyed at those who do, had a miserable experience at an expensive but cacophonous restaurant, or wondered which is most dangerous to your health—sex, drugs, or rock and roll—this book is for you.”—Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of The Language Instinct

“The world is getting noisier, but fortunately we have Katherine Bouton, whose talent for listening remains undiminished by her hearing loss. Her book is both a moving memoir and an indispensable resource for everyone who cares about their ears.”—Deborah Solomon, author of Utopia Parkway

“Katherine Bouton offers a wealth of information and insight about a frustrating and isolating condition. Her book inspires those who suffer from hearing loss and educates those who wish to understand its vicissitudes.”—Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff writer for The New Yorker

“Katherine Bouton makes a brave personal contribution by underscoring the emotional harm deafness can cause. Open, frank, wise, up-to-date, and consistently informative, Shouting Won’t Help will be of immense use to anyone dealing with hearing loss.”—Peter D. Kramer, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and author of Against Depression

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781429953375
Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 02/19/2013
Language: en