A History of So-Called ‘Cures’ For Deafness – Science Friday

Jaipreet Virdi. © Max Plank Society, David Ausserhofer

At four years old, Jaipreet Virdi’s world went quiet. A severe bout of meningitis left her deaf, and shifted how she navigated in the world.

As with many Deaf and hard of hearing people, Jaipreet went through many treatments she was told would “cure” her hearing, including spiritual ceremonies and herbal solutions. Jaipreet’s experiences, plus a love of history, led her to write a new book: “Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.”

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