Praise for "I Can Hear You Whisper"
"Writing with clarity and style, Denworth serves as a capable guide to a world that few with full hearing are fully aware of...A skilled science translator, Denworth makes decibels, teslas and brain plasticity understandable to all." - "Washington Post"
"In this moving and informative book, former "Newsweek "reporter Denworth recounts her emotional and intellectual quest to help her deaf infant son hear. [...] This is a book that parents, particularly of deaf children, may find indispensable." - "Publishers Weekly"
"All parents will recognize the moments of both terror and pride that mark the journey; parents of deaf children will garner both information and insights." - "Kirkus Reviews"
""I Can Hear You Whisper "is a triptych of reportage, popular science, and memoir. As reportage into the controversy surrounding cochlear implants it's both timely and rigorous, though Denworth admits her own pro-implant bias. As popular science, it's enthralling, offering a window into the latest research into perception, language, and the weaving of conscious awareness. As a memoir it is tender and involving; accompanying Denworth and her son on their journey, and imagining making the same journey with my own children, I was often deeply moved." -- "The New York Review of Books"
"Eloquently explains how hearing works...An excellent book for anyone with deafness in the family or with a desire to better understand how people hear, why hearing loss occurs, and how it is treated." - "Booklist"
"Lydia Denworth has written a beautiful book that combines superb scientific reporting with powerful and deeply enjoyable storytelling. Her quest to acquire every shred of knowledge she can to help her deaf son is an odyssey that all parents who worry about their children (i.e. all parents) can intimately relate to. Her discoveries about the workings of language and the intricacies of brain development will change the way you think about hearing, speaking, and selfhood. And her fascinating exploration of the politics of deaf identity is sure to spark a larger conversation about how we talk about, think about, and treat children with special needs in our time." --Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety"
"Read this if you have ears or ever interact with humans. What a moving and brilliant tour of the scientific, emotional and political landscape of hearing impairment. As a reader, I'm grateful to Lydia Denworth. As a writer, I'm jealous." --David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us" and "The Forgetting"
"Denworth provides a lucid, engaging, and thoughtful description of the science of hearing. If you are interested in hearing, speech, and language --as a parent, educator, clinician, or scientist--this book fills an important gap and is a terrific read. Careful about the science and sensitive to the psychological complexities, Denworth provides a masterful account of the path from ear to the brain, from sounds to words." --David Poeppel, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University
"Lydia Denworth's beautiful personal account and thorough investigation connect the dots between her son's hearing loss, the essential import of spoken language on the developing brain, and what parents, doctors, and teachers can gain from a deeper understanding of how the mind acquires language." --Dana Suskind, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and Director of The Thirty Million Words Initiative
""I Can Hear You Whisper" is both an affecting and searching personal story and a fascinating job of science reporting, specifically the science of audiology--how we hear, why some of us don't, and how an amazing, but controversial, technology was invented. Lydia Denworth's son Alex, the beautiful boy at the center of the personal story, is lucky to have a mother like her. The rest of us are lucky to have such a perceptive, lucid, and touching book." --Richard Bernstein, author of "A Girl Named Faithful Plum "show more