Managing the Experience of Hearing Loss in Britain, 1830–1930

  • Graeme Gooday
  • Karen Sayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 1-16
  3. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 17-30
  4. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 31-45
  5. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 47-63
  6. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 65-81
  7. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 83-99
  8. Graeme Gooday, Karen Sayer
    Pages 101-118
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 119-126

About this book


This book looks at how hearing loss among adults was experienced, viewed and treated  in Britain before the National Health Service. We explore the changing status of ‘hard of hearing’ people during the nineteenth century as categorized among diverse and changing categories of ‘deafness’. Then we explore the advisory literature for managing hearing loss, and techniques for communicating with hearing aids, lip-reading and correspondence networks. From surveying the commercial selling and daily use of hearing aids, we see how adverse developments in eugenics prompted otologists to focus primarily on the prevention of deafness. The final chapter shows how hearing loss among First World War combatants prompted hearing specialists to take a more supportive approach, while it fell to the National Institute for the Deaf, formed in 1924, to defend hard of hearing people against unscrupulous hearing aid vendors. This book is suitable for both academic audiences and the general reading public. All royalties from sale of this book will be given to Action on Hearing Loss and the National Deaf Children’s Society.


hearing history medicine auditory Deafness WW1

Authors and affiliations

  • Graeme Gooday
    • 1
  • Karen Sayer
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Philosophy, Religion and History of ScienceUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Arts and CommunicationLeeds Trinity UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-40687-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40686-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site