Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

This book grew out of my personal experiences as an academic sociologist and as a lifelong hard of hearing and deaf person. I have spent more than thirty years as a card-carrying member of the former and more than sixty years as part of the latter (sans membership card but, I assume, in good standing in the eyes of whoever is ...

Part I.

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Baseball, Toothbrush, Hot Dog, Airplane: Life as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Person

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pp. 3-88

Many readers will recognize the words baseball, toothbrush, hot dog, and airplane. Audiologists, listening therapists, and others typically use these and other two-syllable words to determine speech reception threshold, which is the softest or faintest level of speech that someone can hear and consistently understand. Because I have undergone ...

Part II.

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My Experiences as a Cochlear Implant User

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pp. 91-172

In the late 1990s, I began paying more attention to the growing popularity of cochlear implants. I was looking for something interesting to write about, and since cochlear implantation was (and still is) a controversial topic in the Deaf community, I thought that others might be curious about how this relatively new technology worked and ...

Part III.

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pp. 172-174

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The 2006 Protest at Gallaudet University

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pp. 175-218

ON MAY 1, 2006, the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees announced that Jane K. Fernandes, the university’s provost, had been chosen as the ninth president of the university. Dr. Fernandes’s appointment was not popular among a large segment of the Gallaudet community (or among many people in the larger Deaf community). Her ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 219-222

On Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010, Arlene and I became grandparents for the first time. Our son Erik and his wife Shanna gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in a modern, well-equipped hospital not far from their home in Rhode Island, where they are both college professors. Like many of the thousands of babies who were born in the ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 223-226

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 227-230

I am indebted to many people who have offered their support, insights, expertise, and constructive criticisms at many stages during the course of this project. First and foremost, my wife Arlene read the entire manuscript, offered countless suggestions and clarifications, and encouraged me to keep writing even when I often wondered if my experiences ...