Good news this month for Hear & Beyond! Not only are we celebrating the one year anniversary of launch, but Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss is now an award-winning hearing loss book! Hear & Beyond is a Gold winner in the Health & Fitness category of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Book Awards! Hooray!
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program recognizes excellence in book editorial and design and is one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. The awards are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from more than 160 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors.
Congratulations to our publisher Page Two! We are grateful for their outstanding stewardship of Hear & Beyond throughout the publishing process.
Hear & Beyond Helps People Live Better with Hearing Loss
Gael Hannan and I are touched by the outpouring of support for Hear & Beyond. One reader said she “finally felt seen” while another “felt emboldened to talk to to her friends about speaking one at a time when out in a group.” One young mother used the book to “update the kit she packs when traveling with her hard-of-hearing teen.” Hearing Hacks to the rescue!
Many readers have shared the book with others in their lives to help friends and family better understand the experience of living with hearing loss. Some have even gathered friends for a book club discussion of Hear & Beyond using our free book club discussion guide.
We love when Hear & Beyond helps others; thank you for letting us know when it does. If the book touched you, please also consider leaving a review on Amazon or your favorite book review site. Reviews jumpstart the Amazon algorithm which helps others find the book too.
What’s Next for Hear & Beyond?
Expanding Hear & Beyond‘s reach remains an ongoing goal. Our audiobook is now live and a few translations into other languages are in the works.
Recently we have begun reaching out to student programs. What is often missing from the Audiology/Speech Language Pathology curriculum is the authentic patient/client voice. Yet this perspective is required to meet the real, whole-life communication needs of people with hearing loss.
Hear & Beyond‘s skills-based approach promotes a fundamental shift in the client’s treatment goal—from simply hearing better to communicating better—using a strategic trio of attitudinal, technical, and interpersonal skills. The sooner students are aware of the full range of communication skills people with hearing loss need, the better they can tailor their care to include them.
We would also love to see the book in audiologist waiting rooms across the world. Please let us know if you would like to order some copies for your waiting area.
Thank you to all our readers for your support! We welcome your ongoing feedback and questions.
Readers, have you gotten your copy yet?