AUTHOR: John M. BurkeyPUBLISHER: Rutgers University PressISBN: 0-8135-3309-0 (hardcover); 0-8135-3310-4 (paperback)
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REVIEWER: The Rev. Russell Burck, Ph.D.
, Director, Program in Ethics and Ethics Consultation Service, Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center
, Chicago, Illinois
SYNOPSIS: Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing, by John M. Burkey
, was written "to help people to keep hearing loss from affecting their quality of life."
gives a good sense of what it must mean to be constantly engaged with people who are struggling with the human tendency to make as much mis-meaning as appropriate meaning out of their needs for help.
dedicates more than a third of the book to actual examples of concerns, fears and doubts that he
has heard from his
clients.Adapting Kuebler-Ross's "stages" of dying to hearing loss, he
provides clear examples of denial, anger, and bargaining/avoidance, but curiously, none of acceptance.Perhaps he
intends to demonstrate acceptance in the case vignettes of other chapters.
makes appropriate departures from her
model and provides good examples.
The main problem of the book is that the author is not clear who his