Katherine Bouton is an advocate and educator for the deaf and hard of hearing. Her most recent book is “Smart Hearing: Strategies, Skills and Resources for Living Better with Hearing Loss” (October 2018).  Smart Hearing is an up-to-the-minute guide to the rapidly changing world of  hearing aids, including over -the-counter hearing aids., “hearables”, cochlear implants and assistive hearing devices.  Many of these new devices not only help you hear better but allow you to communicate wirelessly with your smart phone and household devices.

She is also the author of “Shouting Won’t Help,”(2013), a memoir  of losing her hearing in midlife and how it affected her, and of “”Living Better with Hearing Loss” (2013).  Katherine’s books are available at Amazon.com or at your favorite independent bookstore.

Her 40 year career in journalism began at The New Yorker and concluded with 22 years at The New York Times. She travelled the world as a free-lance magazine writer in the years between her employment at those two institutions.

Katherine is a frequent speaker on hearing loss issues, and speaks to both professional groups and hearing loss groups. She can be reached at katherinebouton@gmail.com.

She is President of the New York City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and is a member of the national Board of Trustees of HLAA.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Any chance of having recorded version of your books? I have some hearing loss and I can no longer read books, but I listen to them on Audible.


  2. What are your thoughts on hearing-loss related disorders such as auditory dyslexia? This is the Mrs. Malaprop scenario with misheard words, e.g. goat is confused with ghost in a talk about Halloween costumes .


    • That’s beyond my level of expertise but read Oliver Sacks on Mishearings: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/oliver-sacks-mishearings.html. There are also a couple of good books on auditory processing disorder. You can find them on Amazon by googling. One is “When the Brain Can’t Hear.” Another excellent book is by a neurologist at UCSF whose name I can’t remember right now. Can’t remember the book title either. Maybe another reader can help. Or I’ll let you know when it comes to me. I wrote about it at some length in my book “Shouting Won’t Help.”


  3. […] Katherine Bouton in her book Shouting Won’t Help describes her tinnitus this way: “I have it easy, and in fact kind of like my tinnitus: it changes pitch from time to time, an ethereal deep outer space keening.” Silence is the paradoxical element for people with hearing impairment. External sounds are silenced by hearing loss, yet internal noise is increased. For people with normal hearing, periods of silence are a restorative measure for an overstimulated brain. […]


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