Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on 9-11. Volunteer today


Prime Time Radio

'Shouting Won't Help'

Katherine Bouton, a New York Times editor, faces hearing loss

Bouton mid life hearing loss invisible disability ear art sculpture white wall pedestal shouting won't help written widespread phenomenon experts

What are the symptoms of hearing loss? — Getty Images

For 22 years, Katherine Bouton had a secret that grew harder to keep every day.

Bouton, an editor at the New York Times, couldn't hear what her colleagues were saying at daily editorial meetings. She had gone profoundly deaf in her left ear; her right was getting worse.

In her book Shouting Won't Help, Bouton explores "Why I — and 50 Million Other Americans — Can't Hear You." AARP Radio host Mike Cuthbert talks to the author, who describes herself as "the kind of person who might have used an ear trumpet in the 19th century."

Also of Interest

Visit the AARP home page every day for great deals and for tips on keeping healthy and sharp

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.



Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members can earn 50 points per $1 spent on select health & wellness products at Walgreens.

member benefit aarp hear usa

Members save 15% on easy listening devices and more at the HearUSA Hearing Shop.

Eye Med 4 Membership Benefit AARP Discount

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at Target Optical.

Membership Benefits Discounts Email Genius

Brain boost? Get AARP email for access to memory exercises & more that help you focus.

Most Popular



Social Security

How to strengthen Social Security for future generations. Discuss

Medicare & Insurance

Share health coverage information and experiences common to being age 50+. Join

Health Nuts

Share heart-smart recipes, fitness tips and stress relievers. Join