Hear & Beyond by Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan

Hear & Beyond

Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss

Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan

Hearing loss doesn’t come with an operating manual—until now.

If you have hearing loss, you already know that the conventional approach to treatment is focused on hearing-aid technology. Without a handbook to help you figure out how to actually live with it, you’ve likely been getting by on information pieced together from various sources—and yet, communication often seems incomplete and unsatisfying.

What’s missing from this hearing care model is the big picture—a real-life illustration of how hearing loss, its emotions, and its barriers affect every corner of your life. Now, hearing-health advocates, consultants, and speakers Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan offer a new skills-based approach to hearing loss that is centered not on hearing better, but on communicating better.

With honesty and humor, they share their own hearing loss journeys, and outline invaluable insights, strategies, and workarounds to help you engage with the world and be heard. You’ll gain tips for navigating all areas impacted by hearing loss, including relationships, work, technology; strategies for adopting a new, empowering mindset towards your hearing loss; and communication behaviors that can make almost any listening situation manageable.

Informed by the lived experiences of thousands of people living with hearing loss, and corroborated by hearing science, technological advances, and modern hearing-care principles, Hear & Beyond offers a new way forward to greater connection and engagement—whether you’re new to hearing loss or have been living with it for a long time.

Hearing loss is just one aspect of who you are, among many others. You may have hearing loss, but it doesn’t have to have you.


“In Hear & Beyond, Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan have created the ultimate survival guide to living well with hearing loss. For some readers, it will spark a sweeping life change. For others, it will be a turning point on their hearing loss journey. A must-read.”

“This book is a game-changer! In Hear & Beyond, Gael Hannan and Shari Eberts offer a unique skills-based approach to living better with hearing loss. Its powerful strategies and engaging personal stories create a hopeful path forward for anyone affected by hearing loss.”

“In Hear & Beyond, Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan provide a clear roadmap for individuals with hearing loss who want to hear and communicate better. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to communicating well with hearing loss, and Hear & Beyond provides the framework for individuals with hearing loss and their loved ones to know what to do.”


“Smart, funny, engaging. These three words sum up the easy-to-read and entirely enjoyable book Hear & Beyond by Gael Hannan and Shari Eberts. This duo are expert guides on living with hearing loss, and they do it with style. They give us specific strategies for communicating better, navigating romantic relationships, disclosing hearing loss in the workplace, and obtaining health care support, to cite a few examples. Most importantly, they share their mindset for meeting hearing challenges and encourage us to be our best selves. I highly recommend this book, for all—whether you have hearing loss or not, because, undoubtedly, you know someone who does.”

“Gael Hannan and Shari Eberts bring two lifetimes of experience to their new book on hearing loss. Hear & Beyond is a valuable primer for those new to hearing loss and a reminder for those more experienced of the many skills, tools, and technologies available. Read this book start to finish or jump around as particular issues arise in your life. Gael and Shari may well have the key to helping you solve them.”

“I’ve worn hearing aids since I was four years old, and I loved Hear & Beyond. It’s full of empathy, experience, and real-world advice on navigating life as a person with hearing loss. This old, hard-of-hearing dog was very thankful to learn a few new tricks.”


Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people with hearing loss, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues. She lives in New York City. sharieberts.com

Gael Hannan is a hearing health advocate, writer, and speaker/performer who lives with profound hearing loss. She creates award-winning awareness projects that help people live more successfully with their hearing challenges, including the acclaimed one-woman show “Unheard Voices,” a humorous memoir The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss, and a regular blog for HearingHealthMatters.org that has a passionate international following. Gael lives on Vancouver Island. gaelhannan.com

ISBN 978-1-77458-160-5
$22.00 CAD $17.95 USD
Published May 3, 2022
6 × 9 304 Pages
paperback, ebook