A Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and musician wakes up one morning to complete silence. In this memoir, he describes the aftermath of sudden hearing loss and his journey through the medical establishment as he sought treatment.
Holston’s memoir of losing his hearing at age 62, is a graceful and compelling read. As the title hints, and as Holston himself admits, he has never met a pun he didn’t like, so consider yourself forewarned—there are plenty ... But puns aside, the story moves quickly, with anger, frustration and humor, as Holston navigates this new, silent world ... The technical and medical details, the frustrating fights with the insurance company, the failed first operation, the better second one—all are folded seamlessly into the narrative.
Imagine going to bed one night able to hear, then waking up deaf ... a poignant and often humorous account of this misfortune that befell him ... fact-filled, enlightening, often revealing in its honesty[.]
This book is partly about how hearing loss affects every aspect of one’s life, partly about how dealing with insurance can make life a living hell, and partly about the effects on a marriage from such unexpected strains ... An appendix includes useful information about the benefits and risks of cochlear implants. A worthwhile memoir about hearing impairment and struggling with the complex medical community.