Most of us take our hearing for granted. If we lose it, especially if the loss is severe or sudden, we panic. Depression, anger, and denial follow in quick succession. Most people don’t know where to turn for help, or what kind of help they need. When they discover that a hearing aid costs an average $2400, that they probably need two, and that Medicare won’t pay for them, panic and depression can turn to despair. It doesn’t have to be that way. Katherine Bouton learned to navigate the maze of hearing loss on her own. In this book, she hopes to make that journey easier for others. She shares what she’s learned in funny, exasperated, fact-filled prose. She’ll tell you how to find an audiologist, how to buy a hearing aid and how to pay for it, she discusses causes and treatments, the frustrations of tinnitus and vertigo. She offers practical advice for getting your life back: advice on how to have strong relationships despite your hearing problems, how to manage the challenges of the workplace, how to survive noisy restaurants, how to travel safely and enjoyably.With the passage of the Over the Counter Hearing Act of 2017, the hearing marketplace is suddenly booming and expanding. Traditional models of care that kept many from buying hearing aids are falling. Costco, Best Buy, and other stores offer a range of affordable hearing devices that didn’t exist as recently as five years ago. Whether your hearing loss is mild, moderate or severe, there’s a product for you, and probably one you can afford. If it’s a profound loss, the options are broader than ever. Made for iPhone hearing aids have revolutionized the market. Cochlear implants make even profound loss treatable. Smart Hearing is a practical, readable guide that will set you on the road to healthy hearing.