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BOOK: HEARING DIFFERENTLY: The Impact of Hearing Impairment on Family Life

ISBN 1 86156 221 7

Hearing loss now strikes one in seven but how to study the impact of hearing loss on relationships has continually baffled researchers. The author's personal experience with profound hearing loss and her roles as wife, mother, social worker and counsellor, suggested that the complexities involved might be explored more fruitfully by using an intensive and repetitive interviewing technique. This book explores and analyses 150 in-depth interviews with hearing impaired people including eleven couples in committed relationships where one partner is hearing and the other is hearing impaired. Detailed information was obtained about the way each couple managed conflict, decision making, household chores, communication and perceived the hearing impairment within their relationship.

Five major strands emerge: intimate family relationships, social support networks, communication strategies, the nature of care and recommendations for social policy. By drawing from the fields of family therapy, marital therapy, counselling, family sociology, social policy, psychology, social psychology and linguistics as well as disability and deafness, a new broader and more positive picture emerges.

Available from Amazon (UK), Amazon (USA) and all good booksellers.