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E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.

Successful Living with Hearing Loss

For people who lose their hearing during adulthood, many changes and losses occur. As simple conversation becomes more difficult, there may be a tendency to withdraw. Some people simply give up, retreating into a smaller and smaller world of only the closest family. Others continue to work and socialize, but feel increased tension and anxiety. By the end of the day, there may be a feeling of deep fatigue from working so hard just to hear.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) is an organization that provides support and education to people with hearing loss. Their mission is to "open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy." Local chapters are comprised of people who are hard of hearing, late deafened, friends, family, and professionals. Their national web site has a wealth of information on coping with hearing loss. Visit SSHH at and click on Hearing Loss Library.

The Michigan Chapter of SHHH has a listing of local community chapters and events. Assistive technology and accommodations are used at all meetings so that everyone can participate.

More Supports for Managing Hearing Loss

Coping with Hearing Loss: This Much Is Clear
A consumer guide from the American Academy of Audiologists

The Feel of Silence (Health, Society, and Policy)

by Bonnie Poitras Tucker
The Feel of Silence is the autobiography of a woman, now an attorney, who had a hearing loss from early childhood. Nan Asher, on the E-Michigan editorial committee says:
"This is a very good read! Her perspective took me a few months to "get." But once I got it, I understood myself a WHOLE lot more!"
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Listening: Ways of Hearing in a Silent World

by Hannah Merker
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Living with Hearing Loss 2003 Edition
By Marcia B. Dugan
An easy–to–read guide for people who are hard of hearing and their friends and family.

Many Ways of Hearing: 94 Multitasked Lessons in Listening

by Claire Blatchford
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The Living With Hearing Loss Program
Dr. Sam Trychin has produced books, workbooks, and videos to address a broad range of issues reported by people with hearing loss.

The Psychology of Hearing Loss
This article addresses the psychological impacts of hearing loss at various life stages.

Successful Coping Attributes of Hearing Impaired
This article summarizes research on living well with hearing loss.

Unheard Voices
Gael Hannan. Closed captioned. 23 minutes.
Price: $25.00
Available only at SHHH and click on Shop for Books

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