I'm the Boss of My Hearing Loss
RATING: (4 of 5 ears)
AUTHOR: Amy Kroll M.S., CCC-A
PUBLISHER: Cool Gal LLC
REVIEWER: Hillary Snapp, BA, AuD student, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
SYNOPSIS: I'm the Boss of my Hearing Loss is a short children's book written to educate and encourage children about their hearing loss. It serves as a communication tool for audiologists, parents, and teachers to facilitate childrens understanding of the various obstacles they may face. Its purpose is to promote encouragement through simple explanations and illustrations that break down the often complex information children receive about hearing impairment.
REVIEW: This book is geared towards very young children. It covers basic information along with important concepts on hearing loss, and serves to assist children in understanding them. Simply defined, these concepts are introduced to the young reader step by step. The author walks the child through the hearing aid and its components, FM systems, communication strategies, managing his/her environment, hearing aid care and maintenance, trouble shooting, and much more. It functions as a manual to teach young children the basic information they need to not only manage, but also to feel in control of their hearing loss.
The book is detailed and easy to read. The illustrations provided are helpful and entertaining. Diagrams of the hearing aid and the hearing aid maintenance kit are included, as well as a children's version of the audiogram. These illustrations are not only useful for explaining aspects of hearing impairment to the young child, but they are also visually engaging and appealing.
The book concludes with a section that allows the child to draw a picture of himself or herself and to list the ways he or she can be the "boss of the hearing loss." This gives the child the opportunity to express feelings, and opens the door for discussion and encouragement. This section may also reveal any areas the child is confused about or does not fully understand.
CRITIQUE: This book is to the point and uncomplicated. It covers the many issues faced by children with hearing impairment. It provides information in a simple manner that teaches the child how to control the environment and encourages him/her to not feel defined by their hearing loss. As the audiologist moves through the book with the child, it allows opportunity for the child to ask questions and for discussion of these various issues. The book, however, does not provide much of a story line as typically seen in children's books. With no story to grasp their curiosity, young children could become easily disinterested and inattentive. Nevertheless, the book does fulfill its purpose, and functions as an appropriate tool for use in the audiologist's office as well as in the classroom or at home.