GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A Johns Hopkins study found that 48 million Americans over the age of 12 have a hearing loss. That's one in every five.
Monique Hammond is one of the 1-in-5 and she has written "What did you say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss." It's her personal journey through diagnosis and beyond.
Monique joined KARE 11 News @4 to talk about her book. She says she designed it as a guide to help others who have questions.
Monique entered the world of hearing loss in fall 2005 when - in a matter of four hours - she went totally deaf in her left ear. This life-changing event put her on track to research issues regarding ear and hearing disorders.
Monique was appointed by the governor of Minnesota to the MCDHH (Commission for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-of-Hearing Minnesotans) where she finished two three-year terms and acted as vice-chair. She has served on multiple hearing-related advisory committees and is vice- president (2012-13) and president (2013-14) of HLAA TC (Hearing Loss Association of America, Twin Cities). Monique is also a member of the ATA (American Tinnitus Association).
For more information about hearing loss, her book, or Monique head to What Did You Say.