Wired For Sound: A Journey Into Hearing by Beverly BidermanWired For Sound: A Journey Into Hearing by Beverly Biderman

Wired For Sound: A Journey Into Hearing

byBeverly Biderman

Paperback | September 15, 1998

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Beverly Biderman reached profound deafness as a teenager and lived in the world of near silence until 1993, when she was fitted with a controversial cochlear implant, the first effective artificial sensory organ ever developed. In Wired for Sound, she has written a deeply moving and personal account of her life before and after the implant. This story is a tale of both physical and emotional transcendence with universal appeal and interest.

Voices of deaf people talking about their deafness are included, as well as a balanced exploration of the explosive issues surrounding the Deaf culture's opposition to cochlear implants.

Wired for Sound is essential reading for anyone needing to make an informed choice about cochlear implants and for parents of deaf children, as well as teachers, doctors, therapists, and audiologists. Exhaustively researched, the book includes a detailed appendix with a comprehensive listing of international resources on deafness and cochlear implants, plus an annotated Recommended Reading list.

Beverly Biderman has had a progressive hearing loss all her life. It became profound by the time she reached her early teens, and from that point on, she was completely unable to understand speech without lipreading. Beverly is active in Cochlear Implant Club International, and is the founding president of the Ontario Cochlear Implant ...
Title:Wired For Sound: A Journey Into HearingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:September 15, 1998Publisher:Trifolium BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1895579325

ISBN - 13:9781895579321

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an old edition-- newer edition available Please see the 2016 edition of Wired for Sound: A Journey into Hearing Revised and Updated with a New Postscript. Thanks -- Bev Biderman, authour
Date published: 2016-03-31

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Turn On
Chapter Two: Learning to Hear
Chapter Three: Growing into Deafness
Chapter Four: Deafness in the Family
Chapter Five: Becoming Wired for Sound
Chapter Six: A Lightning Rod for the Deaf Culture
Chapter Seven: Into the Future

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From Our Editors

A moving tale of a journey through deafness into hearing, Wired for Sound describes the evolution of the first-ever effective artificial sensory organ. Essential for both its explanation of deafness and of the strangeness of hearing with a cochlear implant, it provides the opinions of deaf people both for and against the devices. Its detailed appendix includes listings of dozens of international resources, an annotated recommended reading list and more than 100 endnotes documenting current research on cochlear implants.

Editorial Reviews

In its scope and potential impact, however, the book is enormous. This is an enormously informative, meticulously researched and annotated, fascinating book. It belongs in every lending library on this continent." Mary Ellen Carew, Perspectives, September/October 1999  "This book is easy and enjoyable to read and not only provides interesting information about hearing impairment and cochlear implantation but also reveals the inside feelings of non-hearing individuals about their silent world." M.L. Ng, Illinois State University, Choice Magazine (ALA) April 1999  "This book deserves to be widely known ... not only a captivating story in its own right, it is also a fertile field from which to harvest information of every sort on the topic of cochlear implants." Geoff Brown, IFHOH Journal  "I found reading Wired for Sound such an exhilarating experience that I e-mailed the author. ... A book reviewer for more than 40 years, I can't remember having such an immediate need to praise an author!" Shirley Stott Despoja, Better Hearing Australia  "I cannot think of a better way to learn about the experience of cochlear implantation and the many issues surrounding this technology. ... [Wired for Sound] is compelling and enlightening." Mindy W. Sirlin, ASHA Leader  "This book is the most comprehensive overview for the lay person presently available. ... It should have a wide audience and a long shelf life." Marjorie Boone, Hearing Loss (SHHH)  "Above all, Wired for Sound is a moving story of personal transformation, told with intelligence and a charmingly light touch, that should resonate with anyone who has undergone radical change." Pat Moffat, The Globe and Mail   "The memoirs are both poignant and poetic in their candor. Biderman gives an intimate glimpse into the impact of her deafness, as well as her decision to have the implant, on family relationships. Medical specialists and educators alike will find this book informative and inspiring.....It demystifies the complexities of deaf politics, defuses the fears surrounding the cochlear implant, and gives a deeper understanding into deafness and its role in the lives of deaf people." Canadian Book Review Annual, November 2000