The Praeger Guide to Hearing and Hearing Loss: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

The Praeger Guide to Hearing and Hearing Loss: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

The Praeger Guide to Hearing and Hearing Loss: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

The Praeger Guide to Hearing and Hearing Loss: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

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I was inspired to write this book by my father and his friends with hearing loss (many of whom I have known all my life). Most of them—even those with hearing aids—understand surprisingly little about their hearing problems and what can be done about them. They are wary of exaggerated advertising claims, buying something that doesn’t really help, and being overcharged. They are confused about whose advice they should trust, and sometimes they call on me. This book was written as a resource for them and so many others like them.

I had significant help along the way from two very special people. The first is Robert L. Shook, author of many books and mentor to many aspiring authors. Bob, whose late mother had a hearing loss, was tenacious in encouraging me to write this book. He went out of his way to be kind, and he has been remarkably generous with his valuable time.

The other person is my husband, Harry Levins, without whom this book would never have been finished. I know of no one with greater intellect, powers of analysis, and problem-solving ability, and I am grateful that he was willing to apply his exceptional talents to this endeavor. In addition to making an enormous investment of time, his patience, encouragement, and resolve have been steadfast. I am truly blessed to have a husband who is as capable as he is loving.

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