Tuesday, January 27, 2009
On the Fence: The Hidden World of the Hard of Hearing by Mark Drolsbaugh
Hard of hearing people can find themselves stuck in the middle between the world of the hearing and the world of the culturally deaf. If that's how you've felt, then this is the book for you. Filled with poems and short essays describing the whole spectrum of the hard of hearing experience, this book by turns frightened me when discussing discrimination, saddened me when expressing feelings of isolation, and inspired me when challenges were overcome and new opportunities realized.
If you are hard of hearing, this is a must read book. It will not provide the type of useful information found in the books listed on my sidebar but it will help you know you are not alone. Thirty-seven others (the writers of On the Fence) have been there.
This book is currently available from Harris Communications, a wonderful resource of products for the deaf and hard of hearing.