A new book to raise awareness of hearing loss
Did you know that some 1.5 million people live with hearing impairment in Quebec? And that the average person waits 10 years before talking to a professional? Hearing loss can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life. To bring awareness to the issue, the Luc Maurice Foundation decided to help finance the production of a new book on the topic of hearing loss: Entendez-vous bien?, by author Michel Nadeau, who is himself hard-of-hearing. We talked to the author.
Mr. Nadeau, why did you write this book?
Lately I’ve given many conferences on hearing impairment, and I realized the public is very poorly informed about this topic. I got asked a lot questions. So I decided to take my effort to educate people about hearing loss a step further by writing a book that would respond to the public’s need for more information. The material available on hearing impairment is dominated by European and American publishers and is often presented in very technical language. The majority of these books are quite bulky and written in very small print. Therefore, I wanted to write a book that would be enjoyable to read while making the issue accessible to the general public.
What do you want to achieve with this book?
The aim of this book is to raise awareness about hearing loss. Approximately 1.5 million people live with hearing impairment in Quebec. It’s an invisible condition and people wait far too long before seeking help. We all know how important communication is in everyday life, and the ability to hear effectively is a necessity if we want to communicate with those around us. It’s also a matter of everyone’s safety: for example, being unable to hear a smoke alarm can have catastrophic consequences. In that sense, the book is meant to be a tool that can help people recognize hearing loss. The goal is to help protect people with impaired hearing from isolation—a direct consequence of hearing loss—and to empower them to improve their own quality of life and that of those around them.
Can young people suffer from impaired hearing too?
Hearing loss can occur at any age. Unfortunately, more and more young people are being affected. The main cause is listening to music that is too loud, or listening for too long, especially when using poor-quality earphones. A good rule of thumb to follow is the “60/60 rule”: use 60% of the maximum volume on your device and listen for no longer than 60 minutes at a time.
It sounds like your book has something to offer for everyone. Where will we be able to get a copy?
Anyone interested in acquiring a copy of the book can contact me by e-mail at [email protected], and I’ll be happy to send one over. My book will also be available at bookstores starting late January 2019.
We wish to thank Mr. Nadeau for taking the time to speak with us.