“A well-rounded history of deafness and its associated pseudo-curative “quackery.” In an effective amalgam of research and memoir, Virdi astutely traces hearing loss treatments and attitudes from the mid-1800s through the modern era. She also incorporates her personal struggles with deafness throughout her life, which lends the narrative a sense of depth and intimacy beyond the more clinical analysis. … A sweeping chronology of human deafness fortified with the author’s personal struggles and triumphs.” – Kirkus Reviews

“…informative and engaging…” – Ms Magazine

“This book is full of hearing history…shocking & sad as well as fascinating…If you’ve ever been curious about the world of the hearing impaired or Deaf (which is the same world you share) this is an informative read.” -Lolly K. Dandeneau, author of bookstalkerblog

“Poetically weaving her own experiences as a deaf person into a history of hearing loss, Virdi makes a compelling argument that deafness is much a cultural construct as it is a physical phenomenon. Rigorously researched and eminently readable, Hearing Happiness is packed with historical gems that will fascinate any reader.” Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art.

“Everyone needs to read this fascinating history of hearing loss, technology, medicine, and audism. In examining deafness cures and sharing her own personal story, Virdi reveals society’s ever-evolving processes in creating and enforcing normalcy.” –Alice Wong, founder and director of Disability Visibility

“I always love reading books by deaf authors who grew up mainstream like me. If you want to learn about mainstreamed deaf people and the medical mysteries of deafness and its history, read this book! Virdi shares lots of fascinating information that I never knew before.” –Rikki Poynter, Youtuber and deaf activist

Hearing Happiness is smart, captivating, and immensely important. We can only grow as a society when we listen to the people we’ve placed on the fringes of it. Deaf people don’t need cures—they deserve respect and support. If you want to be a person on the front lines of necessary change, start with this book!” –Keah Brown, creator of #DisabledAndCute and author of The Pretty One

“Told with clarity and compassion, Virdi’s moving story will resonate with any reader seeking to understand what it truly is like to be deaf in the US.” –Cäsar Jacobson, activist, author, and actor

Hearing Happiness provides so much surprising and interesting historical information, as well as many answers about audism, the history of technology, and our perception of hearing loss. Virdi’s personal story is moving, and her research takes us on all kinds of trips back in time. Fascinating.” –Ilya Kaminsky, author of 2019 National Book Award finalist for Deaf Republic

“Virdi has written a landmark study in the history of technology: one that shows in powerfully specific and deeply personal ways how technologies construct social norms and mold the way we live. Her nuanced account of the history of technologies designed to ‘cure’ the way that certain people experience the world is a powerful testament to the need for people from marginalized groups to have a seat at the table when technological fixes are proffered by tech corporations and the medical establishment.” –Mar Hicks, author of Programmed Inequality