If you had to choose, would you keep your hearing or your sight? In answering this perennial question, most people choose sight, says Bella Bathurst in this fascinating book, which documents her own voyage into deafness. But “if sight gives you the world, hearing gives you other people”, and other people are as essential to our existence as air or light. To lose your hearing is to lose the social connections that make you who you are. It is to always miss the punchline; to feel forever a beat behind; to lose confidence, and identity, as well as pleasures that suddenly seem fundamental, such as music and birdsong. Dealing with these losses involves remaking yourself in profound and surprising ways.