Deaf awareness book launched by Caversham authorBy Alexandra Jones
April 14, 2010
A Caversham writer is hoping to spread awareness about deaf issues with the launch of her first book on hearing loss.
Juliet England tackles the issue in Deafness and Hearing Loss – The Essential Guide, which is out on May 1.
It is designed to help hearing loss sufferers come to terms with their condition and adapt their lives to overcome a number of challenges.
The factual book promotes understanding of deafness and contains information about how people can support others with hearing difficulties.
The 40-year-old, who has severe hearing loss in both ears, believes people need to be better educated about the needs and abilities of people with impaired hearing.
Ms England, from St Peter’s Hill, said: “Education and employment are the most important aspects of the book, a whole section is dedicated to coping as a student and in the workplace. It is vital that deaf children have access to all of the same learning opportunities.
“A vast number of people suffer from hearing loss, yet this very common condition is rarely spoken about. Attitudes need to change.”
According to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, there are nearly nine million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK alone, a figure that is likely to increase as the number of people over the age of 60 rises.
But despite popular belief, it is not just older people who have hearing difficulties – some 20,000 children up to the age of 15 have hearing problems in Britain.
Ms England has suffered severe hearing loss in both ears since birth.
Although deafness may pose a number of problems, she said: “For many people deafness is a positive aspect of their identity and a huge source of pride. Many deaf people do reach their potential and lead full and richly rewarding lives.”
Ms England has had a successful career as a writer, journalist and copywriter, proving that hearing loss has not impaired her achievement. She has lived in Reading for 10 years and in the Caversham area for six years, spending the past 11 months writing the book.
Eighteen months ago she decided to work freelance as an internet copywriter and writing for magazines. She has also been studying at Winchester University for a MA in creative writing. She hopes to begin new ventures after the book is released.
Ms England added: “However hearing affects someone’s life, I hope the book will help them to cope better with an impairment.”
Deafness and Hearing Loss – The Essential guide is the 40th in a series of factual books published by Need2Know books. The paperback will be priced £8.99.
To order a copy contact Need2Know books at www.need2knowbooks.co.uk or call 01733 898103. Copies can also be bought from Amazon and all good bookshops.