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Read My Lips

Visual communication for the hard of hearing coverVisual Communication for the Hard of Hearing
O’Neill and Oyer
1961

Submitter: This is a 1961 book about lip reading. It offers an interesting history on the topic in one chapter. It was pretty fascinating. But the other chapters are talking about resources you could get to help with the teaching of lip reading. Being over 50 years old, I would think it would be hard to find those listed books and films. If you even wanted too?

Holly: Old, boring, and irrelevant. That’s a trifecta for weeding. I sincerely hope this was found in a university library (from which it should still probably be weeded…), but WorldCat shows holdings in some public libraries and community colleges too. I can’t even begin to imagine why.

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A Button in Her Ear

Button in Her Ear cover

A Button In Her Ear
Litchfield
1976

Submitter: Here’s one that’s truly, truly awful. I came across it recently when another library in our system requested it for a patron. I somehow doubt the patron knew what they were getting.  The book is from 1976, and while the story itself may still be a good means of helping children understand hearing loss, the drawings are woefully out-of-date. Nobody uses a hearing aid like that anymore; most kids these days would think little Angela was the proud owner of a brand-new iPod. (I almost said “Walkman,” but had to remind myself that Sony doesn’t even make those anymore! Guess it’s time to add my cultural references to the weeding pile as well!)

Holly: A button in her ear?  She wishes!  I am willing to bet this book doesn’t talk about lots of hearing loss technology, like cochlear implants and two way pagers.  Even closed captioning wasn’t as prevelant in 1976 as it is now.  Reading this book to a child with hearing loss, or to any child so they understand hearing loss better, is not helping.  It’s just misinforming.

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