Share Books

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, has written several books about hearing loss, drawing on her first-hand experience. She writes about the challenge of living with progressive hearing loss, including the use of several types of hearing aids and eventually a cochlear implant, and about the rapidly changing world of hearing devices.

Nick Coleman was a successful music journalist when he lost his hearing. His book, The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss traces his personal journey from that moment on.

In Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and FoundBella Bathurst tells her story of losing and later regaining her hearing, exploring her changing relationship to listening and silence, music and noise.

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.