Turning a Deaf Ear

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Despite spending the first three decades of her life in relative silence, Allyson Raphel’s strength and candor is tempered with a biting sense of humor. Not only is this her personal story of getting a cochlear implant, but her perspective on being deaf and the roller coaster transition to becoming what some in the deaf community call a “hearie." Silence, she learned, can be golden. More

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About Allyson Raphel

Allyson Fleury Raphel, a profoundly deaf woman since birth, is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and had 35 credit of Master’s degree in Special Education from Wilmington University in Delaware. She has had a wide variety of experiences living in the hearing world by traveling to places such as Spain, Russia and Peru, and living in New York, Missouri, Colorado and now on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her work background includes being everything from a recreation therapist to a pool cleaner to a scrapbooking consultant to a furniture refinisher to a teacher’s aide to a jewelry stylist, Activity Director for Adult Medical Day Care and now a Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator. Her most important job is being a mom to her two sons. This is her first book. If she can figure out how to do it, she may write another.

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hapsq200 reviewed on on Aug. 5, 2011

Imagine suddenly being bombarded with constant and intrusive sound. People who hear learn to filter out these noises. The author is thrust into this new environment after receiving a cochlear implant. What was supposed to be "the answer" came with a new set of problems.

This book was referred to me by a friend and I'm glad it was. Allyson Raphel takes us through her childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood as a deaf person. She then has an cochlear implant and suddenly can hear. This profound change in her life is told with candor and humor.

Allyson is an engaging writer. At times she had me angry at people's in-sensitivities, swelling with pride at her accomplishments, and just laughing out loud. Learning people made noise having sex is priceless.

Buy it, enjoy it.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Jennifer Langevin reviewed on on Aug. 1, 2011

This story is very personal for me because Allyson was my best friend growing up. This book does a great job of giving others a real idea of not only what it is like to be deaf, but also what it is like to try to become part of the hearing world. Thank you, Allyson, for sharing a part of your life with all of us!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Stanley J Novinski reviewed on on July 10, 2011

Great achievement by Allyson...being somewhat biased for I am
her Uncle Stan...great introspect to the happening of the last
30 years and the percussion on our family...
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
LundyLake71 reviewed on on July 8, 2011

Amazing book! Really explains well about herself being deaf and getting a cochlear implants and how she went through hearing sounds.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Amy Soderstrom reviewed on on July 2, 2011

Wonderful book! It really opens your eyes to cochlear implants and the impact on someone's life and those around them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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