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Distribute books about hearing loss to libraries, organizations, and schools!

Idea At A Glance

Distributing books about hearing loss throughout local communities could help inform thousands of people about hearing loss and how to take action. Learning how others have dealt with the challenges of living with hearing loss could increase one’s motivation to seek help.

There are many novels and non-fictional accounts of hearing loss available. Your organization could purchase a number of these books and provide them to libraries, schools, and community organizations. You could also reach out to these organizations to develop fun contests to help motivate people to read these books.


Katherine Bouton, a former editor at the New York Times, recently wrote a book about hearing loss, drawing upon her first-hand experience with mid-life hearing loss. She began to lose her hearing in her early 30’s, and her hearing loss gradually grew worse. While she has used many types of hearing aids and received a cochlear implant, she has come to the realization that she will never be able to hear well again, and may never be able to hear her family when going out to eat in a noisy restaurant.

Potential Impact

Reading a book about hearing loss could change a person’s attitude towards the issue. This experience could encourage people to help family members or friends who may have a hearing loss. The book could also encourage people with hearing loss to take concrete action to improve their lives. Reading about how others have dealt with similar challenges and issues could increase one’s motivation and strength to seek help.