Non Fiction

Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History by Jaipreet Virdi

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I have no personal experience with the deaf community, and as always I looked forward to getting to know more about a whole new world which has always existed.
The author is a historian, and this shows in the content. It took me a while to get through it all since it cannot be read in one sitting since the idea remains the same with the mode and people and probably the problems varying. I wanted to finish it for Nonfiction November, but I ended up only finishing it now.
The author begins with her own life and how she became deaf. She circles back to herself in the epilogue once she has shown a hundred years of doctors, quacks, as well as actual conmen, work their way through the deaf community (mostly) in the US. She has a list of the advertising and way the ‘treatments’ were framed, and she identifies a trend in them all. The main focus of the book is on the various solutions people came up with to help the hard of hearing (or line their own pockets). Some of them are hard to believe as being actually in practice. By the time I put it down, I felt that I had a slightly better understanding of the conflicts of deaf people living in a world designed for those who can hear. I am not sure how accurate my understanding is, but it is a start.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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