Katherine Bouton: Shouting Won't Help

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Katherine Bouton discusses her memoir of hearing loss and investigation of the hearing impairment epidemic in the United States.


By The Author

For 22 years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day. At daily editorial meetings, she couldn't hear what her colleagues were saying. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse.

Audiologists agree that we're experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 50 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss - 17 percent of the population. And hearing loss is not exclusively a product of growing old. The usual onset is between the ages of 19 and 44, and in many cases the cause is unknown.

Shouting Won't Help is a deftly written, deeply felt look at a widespread and misunderstood phenomenon. Bouton examines the problem personally, psychologically and physiologically. She speaks with doctors, audiologists and neurobiologists, and with a variety of people afflicted with midlife hearing loss, braiding their stories with her own to illuminate the startling effects of the condition.


About the Author:

Katherine Bouton is a former editor at The New York Times. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and many other periodicals. She lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Menaker.






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Start: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:00pm
End: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 8:30pm



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