With the recent promotions of my revised and expanded hearing loss book, many ask, “What’s up with the cat wearing hearing aids?”
A hard-of-hearing cat wearing hearing aids is the mascot for my books about hearing loss for two reasons. First of all, I am nuts about cats. If I can incorporate felines into my material, I’ll do it. More importantly, a cat relies on its hearing to locate and catch prey; that is:
Cats rely on hearing for survival
Humans and cats have a similar range of hearing on the low end of the scale, but cats can hear many higher-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, which is 1.6 octaves above the range of a human… When listening to something, a cat’s ears will swivel in that direction; a cat’s ear flaps (pinnae) can independently point backward as well as forwards and sideways to pinpoint the source of the sound. Cats can judge within three inches (7.5 cm) the location of a sound being made one yard (approximately 91 cm) away. This can be useful for locating their prey.
Meaningful sounds are missed when Hard-of-Hearing
A hearing-impaired cat would not hear the squeak of a mouse or the sound of the can opener – both meaningful sounds to a kitty!
38 million Americans are suffering from some form of hearing loss. Only 1 in 5 people who can benefit from hearing aids wear one. Millions are losing out on meaningful sounds of their world. They are missing out the meaningful components of speech that make communication and connection with others possible.
Communication and connection despite hearing loss is the focus of my books and talks. The ability to communicate and stay connected has a direct effect on one’s level of happiness, self-esteem, and quality of life. The image of a cat sporting hearing aids adds levity to a serious issue.
If you or someone you know is struggling with diminished hearing, the 7 Tips excerpt promotional book as well as the full version of the book, will be an invaluable resource. Says one reviewer:
Linnaea suffered too long without benefiting from the knowledge she has presented for us an easy to understand the book. We all interact on a regular basis with someone struggling to understand what we are saying because of a hearing loss. I have only experienced a tiny glimpse of her frustration when trying to decipher voice mails. I love the CPR idea since every citizen would benefit from taking CPR to save a life, we would also benefit from learning and memorizing CPR for hearing loss to facilitate an improved quality of life. – Jane Branum, RN
I am happy to announce that my updated book is an AMAZON BEST SELLER! I’m thrilled. This means more people can more readily find the insightful and helpful information contained in this 230-page book. It is available in paperback as well as in Kindle. In case you did not know, you do not need to own a Kindle to read a Kindle book. Amazon has apps to enable reading Kindle-format books on all devices.
You’ll find my books, graced with a picture of a hard-of-hearing cat on the cover, full of purrrfectly wonderful information to understand, communicate and stay connected despite hearing loss.