Brakeman, whose work has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, praised Hannan’s “humor and clarity” in her writing about what it’s like to live with a hearing loss. She went on to explain how she found the book to be very “relatable” to her own life–admitting to having struggles accepting her own hearing loss and to consistently wear her hearing aids:
As someone who has only recently discovered my hearing loss and begrudgingly wears hearing aids (albeit sporadically), I found myself again and again thinking that Hannan was somehow talking about me.
Author and Advocate
Gael Hannan, who has been an editor and writer for Hearing Health & Technology Matters since 2011 at the Better Hearing Consumer, has been involved with hearing loss advocacy for the past two decades.
In a blog post announcing the launch of her book this summer, she explained how writing has allowed her to more deeply explore life with hearing loss, while also sharing that experience with readers:
The weekly columns took me into some dark and dusty corners of my life, and the book took me even deeper into the life with hearing loss. I relived many painful moments, but also did more than one victory dance around my writing room, as I celebrated myself and my transition from a place of lower self-esteem to now, where I have taken charge of my own communication success.
Want to check out Gael’s new book? The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss is available in ebook, soft cover and hard cover formats from online retailers including FriesenPress , Harris Communications and Amazon.com.