I’m Writing A Book about Hearing Loss—and Beyond

I have always wanted to write a book. So when one of my favorite hearing loss advocates, Gael Hannan, contacted me during the pandemic to see if I would be interested in co-authoring a book with her, I jumped at the chance. After numerous outlines, and first drafts, and rewrites, and early readers, and more edits and hundreds of cross-continent Zoom calls, our manuscript was complete. Our baby, Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss, will be born in May 2022.

This is the book about hearing loss I wish I’d had at the beginning of my hearing loss journey. It’s skill-based, but it’s also a place to call home. Pre-orders begin on World Hearing Day, March 3, 2022.

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Why Write a Book about Hearing Loss?

When I began my hearing loss journey, there was so much that I didn’t know. I was battling stigma and embarrassment as I struggled to adapt to the changes that came with this new life. I often felt alone and unprepared for the challenges I faced. In denial, I never asked for assistance to communicate better, in part because I didn’t understand what I needed.

For years I struggled with my internal attitudes about hearing loss that prevented me from taking steps to improve my life like admitting to others that I had trouble hearing. I didn’t fully embrace technology or realize there were many non-technical tools I could use to make life easier. There was no guide telling me what to expect or how to take back control of my communication, and of my life.

This is the book I wish I’d had at the beginning of my journey. Containing practical tips for people with hearing loss, no matter the degree or how long they have had it, it is also a place to build roots. Gael and I share our personal stories—the ups and the downs—and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. But most of all we reveal the ways we have learned to accept, adapt, and embrace our hearing loss lives. Because, as we have discovered, the key to living well with hearing loss is to live skillfully.

Why Write a Book Together?

No two hearing journeys are alike and Gael and I are perfect examples of that. Gael’s hearing loss was present from birth, while mine developed in my mid-20s. Our degrees of hearing loss vary, and the technology tools we use differ as well. She is bimodal, wearing a cochlear implant on one ear and a hearing aid for the other, while I use two hearing aids.

We live in two different countries, have different skills and divergent life experiences, yet, over time, we each developed a similar set of attitudes, skills and workaround that we use to remain connected to the things and people we love.

We hope that the diversity of our experiences will allow each reader to recognize at least some part of their journey in ours.

How Can You Get Your Copy?

Hear & Beyond will be available to pre-order on March 3rd. We can’t wait to share our baby with you.

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14 thoughts on “I’m Writing A Book about Hearing Loss—and Beyond

  1. Susan Berger – Blogging is one big experiment for me. Will it work? Who knows. I'll link websites that have published my essays and maybe I'll write original posts. My topics will be observations, points of view and life as I see it. I'm still marinating...
    Susan Berger says:

    Congrats, Shari!!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you!

  2. Huge congrats to you, Shari and to Gail on this forthcoming “birth” that was created by blood, sweat and tears, over many months (probably years). It’s the book that I wish I had, 30 years ago, when my hearing loss very gradually started appearing….I felt isolated (not having found support groups or other friends with hearing loss), ashamed and stigmatized, for so many years. You and Gail have been the wind beneath so many wings….wishing you much success on more such ventures… Will the book be available for digital downloads? thanks so very much for this blessing.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for your support! It will be available as an e-book as well. Pre-orders available in March.

  3. Good for you! Follow your writing dream. You will gain so much satisfaction in doing so. Hi, my name is Brian Westbrook. I am a head and neck cancer survivor of 4 years and counting. About a week following my release from CancerCare Manitoba, my assigned psychologist mentioned authoring a book about my experience. I said exactly what you said, “I have always wanted to write a book.” What a wonderful experience. I am now working on my fourth book. You can find my first three, including my cancer book on Kobo under the author Brian Westbrook. Good luck with your book. Tell us when it is published, please. ~Brian Westbrook, cancer survivor and published author.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for sharing your story. Writing is so therapeutic!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for your support!

  4. Congratulation both of you for your new book!! Is important for all adults that loss their hearing, I loss my hearing. when I was 3years old. Today I use a Cochlear implant.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for your good wishes!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Barbara.

  5. Writing—and publishing—a book is a dream come true experience. I’m very much looking forward to getting “Hear & Beyond” and reading every word.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      It is! Thank you Gail!

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