May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

KCLS has many resources to help raise awareness and reach people who need help, support, information, and guidance through their hearing loss journey. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing, and it is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.

Here are some titles to consider:

Shouting Won't Help
A memoir from the New York editor and writer in which she explores the invisible disability of deafness from personal, psychological, and physiological perspectives.

Living Better With Hearing Loss
A practical guide to daily life with hearing loss, covering topics from hearing tests and buying (and paying for) hearing aids, to deciding whether to get a cochlear implant, to navigating airports, job interviews, and first dates when you suffer from hearing loss. Useful and readable for the newly hearing-impaired, those who have been struggling for years, and their families.

Conquer Silence
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 37.5 million adults in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss. This program examines some of the latest treatments to help people get their hearing back. It features interviews with patients who have lived with hearing loss and shows how their lives have changed for the better since they were able to treat their condition.

El Deafo
It's already tough being a kid and trying to fit in. When the situation is complicated by having to wear a bulky, weird hearing aid, superhero El Deafo is born! Author Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age in this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir.

The Hearing-loss Guide
This book provides useful, first-hand advice from people who have experienced hearing loss themselves, along with accurate treatment information from a highly experienced audiologist.