Lip Reader, a new book to be released in May/June 2009, details the daily challenges of a severely hearing impaired multi-generational family and the impact hearing loss has on their lives. The book's author, Shanna Groves, is a Kansas City writer and a mother of three, who has struggled with progressive bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus for the past eight years.
Groves, who was diagnosed at 27, at first resisted getting hearing aids, but eventually accepted the necessity of assistive technology in order to live a full and happy life.
The book, as well as Groves' own experiences with high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss - which included denial, sense of isolation, and depression - will give hope and inspiration to millions of Americans living with profound hearing impairment.
One way to overcome the challenges inherent to hearing loss, Groves says, is to seek out helpful resources. She turned to the Hearing Loss Association of America, which, she says, offers support and help not only to people suffering from hearing loss or deafness, but also to their family members.
To learn more about LipReader and Shanna Groves read: New Book Offers Ray of Hope" For Hearing Loss Challenges.