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The Resource Life after deaf : my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery, Noel Holston ; introduction by David Bianculli

Life after deaf : my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery, Noel Holston ; introduction by David Bianculli

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Life after deaf : my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery
Title
Life after deaf
Title remainder
my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery
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Noel Holston ; introduction by David Bianculli
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eng
Summary
From a renowned media critic to a man with sudden and full hearing loss, Noel Holston ran the gauntlet of diagnoses, health insurance, and cochlear implant surgery. On a spring night in 2010, Noel Holston, a journalist, songwriter, and storyteller, went to bed with reasonably intact hearing. By dawn, it was gone, thus beginning a long process of hearing-restoration that included misdiagnoses, an obstinate health-insurance bureaucracy, failed cochlear-implant surgery, and a second surgery that finally worked. He negotiated the gauntlet with a wry sense of humor and the aid of his supportive wife, Marty. Life After Deaf details his experience with warmth, understanding, and candor. It's the story not only of his way back to the world of the hearing, but of a great marriage that weathered serious testing. Their determination and resilience serve as a source of inspiration for all. Life After Deaf is not just for the more than forty million people in the United States alone who cope with some form of hearing loss, but is also for their wide circles of friends, family, caregivers, and audiologists. This highly readable book will be an invaluable guide and source of hope for the large number of baby boomers now handling hearing loss
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Review
After losing most of his hearing in 2010, a journalist's frustration mounted as insurance and the medical community entangled him in red tape. As a music lover who had spent much of his career in coverage and criticism of popular culture, Holston faced a shocking transition when he awoke one morning to discover that he could barely hear anything. Though there had been warning signs—hearing aids and measurable loss—this was sudden, unexpected, and close to absolute. Thus began an extended period of difficult adjustment: communicating at work with colleagues by email and pen on paper, navigating marital turbulence, dealing with strangers who didn't understand his condition or who thought he lacked mental capacity. But the biggest issue was trying to figure out what had happened and how to fix it. Doctors weren't absolutely sure on the former, and their attempts to address the latter caused even more frustration when an expensive cochlear implant failed to help. This left the author wondering "whether something was still wrong with me systemically, something as yet undetected that was rendering the implant less effective, or whether the implant itself might be a problem." Consultations with other doctors meant he had to go out of his insurance network, and haggling over the phone became nearly impossible due to his condition. This book is partly about how hearing loss affects every aspect of one's life, partly about how dealing with insurance can make life a living hell, and partly about the effects on a marriage from such unexpected strains. "Years of writing and columnizing on a daily basis had made writing reflexive to me," writes Holston. "I try not to let any experience go to waste. To paraphrase an old saying, that which doesn't kill you makes for a good story." An appendix includes useful information about the benefits and risks of cochlear implants. A worthwhile memoir about hearing impairment and struggling with the complex medical community. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2019)
Biography type
autobiography
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10829563
Cataloging source
CPP
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Holston, Noel
Dewey number
617.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV2534.H65
LC item number
A3 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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Bianculli, David
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True
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  • Deafness
  • Deaf
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Cochlear implants
  • Deafness
  • Hearing aids
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my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery
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Life after deaf : my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery, Noel Holston ; introduction by David Bianculli
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Monkey business -- Doctor, doctor -- Whispers in Bedlam -- Closed captioning -- Wicked -- I'd rather go blind -- Sitting here in limbo -- Pride and prejudice -- Location, location, location -- Masters of disguise -- Goldberg variations -- Drill, baby, drill -- Helplessly hoping -- We'll remember always, activation day -- Country roads -- Here comes the night -- Blue Christmas -- Radiant beams -- Dancing in the dark -- The witch doctor -- Hello, it's me -- Revise and consent -- CapTales -- I say a little prayer -- Realm of the senses -- Fight club -- House call -- Crossed swords -- Ear we go again -- I love LA -- Reactivation -- Rabbit box -- Back to life -- Duluth
Control code
on1129094116
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 210 pages
Isbn
9781510746879
Lccn
on1129094116
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1129094116
Label
Life after deaf : my misadventures in hearing loss and recovery, Noel Holston ; introduction by David Bianculli
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Monkey business -- Doctor, doctor -- Whispers in Bedlam -- Closed captioning -- Wicked -- I'd rather go blind -- Sitting here in limbo -- Pride and prejudice -- Location, location, location -- Masters of disguise -- Goldberg variations -- Drill, baby, drill -- Helplessly hoping -- We'll remember always, activation day -- Country roads -- Here comes the night -- Blue Christmas -- Radiant beams -- Dancing in the dark -- The witch doctor -- Hello, it's me -- Revise and consent -- CapTales -- I say a little prayer -- Realm of the senses -- Fight club -- House call -- Crossed swords -- Ear we go again -- I love LA -- Reactivation -- Rabbit box -- Back to life -- Duluth
Control code
on1129094116
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 210 pages
Isbn
9781510746879
Lccn
on1129094116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1129094116

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