Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Monique E. Hammond
Monique Hammond is a registered pharmacist whose life drastically changed when she went suddenly deaf in her left ear within a matter of four hours. She is the author of the non-fiction book “What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss.” She shares her story and what she had to learn the hard way.
AUTHOR: Monique E. Hammond
What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss, Second Edition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MONIQUE E. HAMMOND is a registered pharmacist, non-fiction author and hearing Safety speaker and consultant. She graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, in the USA. She has worked in health care in Europe, the United States, and Australia. Visit her websites at www.moniquehammond.com (speaking/consulting/blog) or www.what-did-you-say.com (book).
Hammond entered the World of Hearing Loss in fall 2005 when—in a matter of four hours—she went deaf in her left ear. Eventually, communication challenges contributed to the end of her hospital pharmacy career. However, this life-changing episode also put her on track to thoroughly research ear and hearing disorders. She ended up writing her book “What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss,” now in its second edition.
Hammond has served on multiple committees, boards and task forces related to hearing issues. She is a staunch enemy of excessively loud sound, social and industrial. She is a powerful public speaker and devoted advocate. She works with employers throughout the industry as a Safety consultant on noise-related hearing loss education and prevention. She also continues her involvement with support and community groups.
What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss," now in its second, updated edition, is a non-fiction account that grew from the author's own experience with a sudden one-sided deafness. In her book she tells about this life-changing event—what happened, how she was treated medically, how it affected her emotionally—but mostly, she shares the critical details about ears and hearing that she had to learn the hard way. Interjecting some dashes of humor, she weaves together her story and experiences with a wealth of information on ear and hearing issues.
From ear wax to implants and emotions, the book is very comprehensive and is meant for general public education. The author even includes a section with "checklists" to guide readers through their appointments with doctors and audiologists. People who benefit from the book are those who already have hearing loss and those who take care of people with hearing challenges. Better understanding of the condition leads to improved communication with health specialists, expanded assistive choices and strategies for daily living. It is also a good introduction to hearing loss—from the client’s point of view—for those who contemplate a career in health care.