I recently came across a book at work that immediately made me realize the following: if I was still involved in the provision of direct patient care, I would encourage many (if not all) of my patients with hearing loss to read this book. Hear Your Life by Melissa K. Rodriguez offers a compilation of true stories about individuals with hearing loss and their corresponding pursuit of hearing aids. The collection of 26 short patient stories evoke a balanced mixture of inspiration and honesty as it relates to addressing hearing loss. The last 30 pages of the book serves as a resource section including information on how the ears work, an explanation of when hearing aids will work, and frequently asked questions (FAQs). For those patients anxious or in denial about and/or interested in hearing aids, this book may be a worthy investment, particularly if it helps individuals to take the necessary steps in pursuing and realizing the benefits of hearing aids sooner rather than later. To order, contact Oaktree Products at 800.347.1960.
The author, Melissa K. Rodriguez, is a licensed hearing instrument specialist, receiving her National Board Certification in 1995. She is currently the owner of Hear On Earth Hearing Care Center located in El Paso, Texas, and an active volunteer with the Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation. She sat on the board of the Texas Hearing Aid Association Governing Board, regulating the fitting and dispensing of hearings aids in that state. Ms. Rodriquez has made multiple humanitarian trips to fit hearing aids in Juarez and Mexico City, Mexico, Peru, and many other locations. She is currently a member of the International Hearing Society, the Texas Hearing Aid Association, and eWomenNetwork.