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hearing loss, communication, audiology, non-fiction, humor, self-help, social skills

The Way I Hear It
A Life with Hearing Loss
by Gael Hannan

If you think hearing loss is just a condition of old age—think again.

In The Way I Hear It, Gael Hannan explodes one myth after another in a witty and insightful journey into life with hearing loss at every age. Blending personal stories with practical strategies, Gael shines a light onto a world of communication challenges: a marriage proposal without hearing aids in, pillow talk and other relationships, raising a child, going to the movies, dining out, ordering at the drive-thru, in the classroom, on the job and hearing technology.

Part memoir, part survival guide, The Way I Hear It offers tips for effective communication, poetic reflections, and heart-warming stories from people she has met in her workshops and at conferences throughout North America. Gael’s humorous stories are backed by hearing loss research, and she offers advice on how to bridge the gap between consumer and professional in order to get the best possible hearing health care.

The Way I Hear It is a book for people with hearing loss—but also for their families, friends and the professionals who serve them. Gael Hannan shares not only the daily frustrations, but also a strong message of hope and optimism for living successfully with hearing loss.

“Smart, funny, informative!” Katherine Bouton, author, How to Hear with Hearing Loss

"Lays bare,with great poignancy, the secret emotions of people with hearing loss. l wish this book had been available to me when I first struggled with acquired hearing loss." Dr. Marilyn Dahl

“A must read for hearing health care professionals—and their teachers.” Dr. Marshall Chasin, Audiologist

“A life-changing book!” Holly Cohen, Hearing Loss Association of America

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Gael Hannan is a public speaker, humorist and hearing health advocate who grew up with a hearing loss that is now severe to profound. She writes a weekly blog on hearing loss for, and is the Consumer Editor for two Canadian professional hearing-related journals. Gael’s articles have appeared in many North American publications and she is a sought-after speaker for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss.

Gael lives with her husband and son and divides her time between Ontario and the west coast.


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