A Journey to Bilateral Hearing
By: Arlene Romoff
An inspiring, life-affirming story about hearing lost . . . and found again.
When she was a teenager, Arlene Romoff gradually began to lose her hearing, until no hearing aid or other standard device could help her anymore. She had become profoundly deaf. Then a marvel of modern technology changed her life: cochlear implants, which bypass the damaged portion of the cochlea and stimulate the auditory nerve directly. Amazingly, Arlene could hear again—until, ten years later, when the implant failed and she once more had to depend on a medical miracle: new, state-of-the-art bilateral cochlear implants.
Arlene’s journey isn’t just about the magic of technology, but also about the strength of the human spirit, the wonders of chance and fate, and making the most of what life dishes out. Listening Closely will give readers a chance to walk in Arlene Romoff’s shoes, to understand the pain of her loss and the joy of once again hearing the music of the world. Those suffering from hearing loss, or who have a loved one who is, will find Arlene’s very special journey both inspirational and informative.
“This volume will serve to help many people struggling with the decision of whether to get an implant, or a second implant. I think that after reading this book, the answer will be obvious. But perhaps most significantly, even the casual reader will appreciate the experience of witnessing a true miracle in our lifetime—allowing people who are deaf to hear.”
— Laurie Hanin, Ph.D.,
Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication
Author & Illustrator Bios:Arlene Romoff, author
Arlene Romoff co-founded Advocates for Better Communication, the advocacy committee of the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), and the Hearing Loss Association of New Jersey. She is the author of the book, Hear Again: Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant, as well as numerous articles for magazines and newsletters. Her pioneering efforts helped bring open-captioned live theatrical performances to Broadway, London, and regional U.S. theaters, for which she received the Humanitarian Award from Theater Resources Unlimited. Arlene has two grown children and resides in New Jersey with her husband, Ira.
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Laurie Hanin, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication
This volume will serve to help many people struggling with the decision of whether to get an implant, or a second implant. I think that after reading this book, the answer will be obvious. But perhaps most significantly, even the casual reader will appreciate the experience of witnessing a true miracle in our lifetime--allowing people who are deaf to hear.
J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD, Co-director, NYU Cochlear Implant Center
Arlene Romoff has detailed her journey through hearing loss and hearing gain through cochlear implantation in great detail with honesty and accuracy. I highly recommend this book to patients and practitioners alike.
Brenda Battat, Executive Diretor, Hearing Loss Association of America
Listening Closely is the personal odyssey of a brave woman embracing the latest cochlear implant technology. Her story reveals the true, incessant nature of progressive hearing loss. We travel with her through the frustrations of a world without sound to an enveloping sound landscape as she joins the increasing number of people who are realizing the benefits of "going bilateral."
David C. Alexander, Ph.D.
If you have ever wondered why cochlear implants are referred to as "miracles" this book is a must read. In her second book, Listening Closely: A Journey to Bilateral Hearing, author Arlene Romoff provides practical information and inspiring real-life examples of the potential of modern cochlear implant technology. Simply put, this is a story of an amazing journey to rediscover the world of sound!
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