Inspiring America: The Story of Amanda McDonough

By: Jul. 18, 2018
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Inspiring America: The Story of Amanda McDonough Amanda McDonough spent her entire childhood feeling isolated and ashamed of her hearing loss. When she became fully deaf later in her life, she learned that over 360 million people worldwide are living with deafness and experiencing the same struggles as she did. Realizing that she was not alone and that her story had the power to improve the lives of others, she penned a personal memoir titled "Ready to be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice" (published by Balboa Press).

Readers may visit to purchase and know more about "Ready to be Heard," a story of how McDonough taught herself to speak again, to lip-read and to sign. McDonough explains how she discovered a new culture, language and most importantly, herself.

According to McDonough, the overall theme of the book is overcoming life's obstacles. It is about turning "negative attributes" into something positive and life changing. It also talks about the physical, sociological and emotional struggles of going through hearing loss and provides resources that can assist readers in living their best lives with the condition.

McDonough also provides a "Hearing Loss Handbook" in the back of the book, which is an excellent resource for anyone experiencing or anyone who knows someone going through hearing loss, or anyone who is just curious about it.

"My goal is for readers to realize that anything is possible if you never give up on yourself," says McDonough "I wrote 'Ready to Be Heard' in the hopes that it would help others find their happiness. I wrote it in hope that it would help others realize that they are not alone and in the hope that it would inspire some to learn something new, meet someone new, try something new, empathize with someone new, or simply think something new."

"Ready to be Heard: How I Lost My Hearing and Found My Voice"
By Amanda McDonough
Hardcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781982201111
Softcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781982201098
E-Book | 248 pages | ISBN 9781982201104
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Amanda McDonough is a skilled inspirational speaker, author and actress who communicates fluently in English, American Sign Language and simultaneous communication (two languages at the exact same time). McDonough is described as having an infectiously positive personality, a quick wit, and a great sense of humor. McDonough has been a speaker and resilience trainer for organizations and companies such as: The U.S. Air Force, Cal Poly Pomona, U.C. Riverside, Saddle Ranch Church, Diamond Ranch High School, and many more. To know more about McDonough and the book, readers may visit More information may also be found on social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @ReadyToBeHeard, and on McDonough's YouTube channel: Amanda McDonough.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. - a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.


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