On a spring night in 2010, Noel Holston, a storyteller, songwriter and Pulitzer-nominated journalist, went to bed with reasonably intact hearing. By dawn, it was gone, thus beginning a years-long process of hearing-restoration that included diagnostic dead ends, health-insurance hassles, a failed cochlear-implant surgery, and a second surgery that finally worked.
He negotiated the ordeal with a wry sense of humor and the aid of his supportive wife, Marty Winkler.
Noel’s memoir, Life After Deaf: My Misadventures in Hearing Loss and Recovery, to be published by Skyhorse on November 5, recalls his experience with warmth, understanding, and candor. It’s the story not only of his way back to the world of the hearing, but of a great marriage that weathered serious testing. Their determination and resilience serve as a source of inspiration for all.
According to Holston, Life After Deaf is not just for the more than 40 million people in the United States alone who cope with some form of hearing loss, but is also for their wide circles of friends, family and caregivers. This highly readable book will be an invaluable guide and source of hope for the large number of people now handling hearing loss.
Advance praise for Life After Deaf includes:
“… an eye-opening account of a cochlear implant failure followed by a cochlear implant success. This book is a valuable primer on how to persevere in the face of adversity and, ultimately, succeed.” — MICHAEL CHOROST, author of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human
“… an encouragement for those facing a similar journey, as well as a must read for professionals seeking to serve them. Every student, emerging professional, and practicing provider in hearing healthcare would be well served to read this fascinating human perspective.” — BETTIE BORTON, AuD, Former President, American Academy of Audiology
The book will become available on November 5 and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon here.