Meet Holly the cat mascot for hearing loss
Here it is. Evidence I wasn’t lying about the fact that I was writing a book and the reason for not posting for almost 2 months. My book about hearing loss is finally done, published, and now available on Amazon in full color and black and white. It is a book that provides insights to living with hearing loss for those who have it and those who do not.
Many have asked why I chose to use a cat for my mascot. Besides the obvious, I love cats, is because of the extraordinary sense of hearing that cats have. From Wikipedia:
Humans and cats have a similar range of hearing on the low end of the scale, but cats can hear much higher-pitched sounds, up to 64 kHz, which is 1.6 octaves above the range of a human… When listening for something, a cat’s ears will swivel in that direction; a cat’s ear flaps (pinnae) can independently point backwards as well as forwards and sideways to pinpoint the source of the sound. Cats can judge within three inches (7.5 cm) the location of a sound being made one yard (approximately 91 cm) away. This can be useful for locating their prey.
The key here to Holly the hearing impaired cat, is the last sentence “this can be useful for locating their prey” Cats love mice. The squeak of a mouse is a delightful sound that Holly would not be able to hear without the assistance of her hearing aids, which she is adjusting in the image above to tune to the squeaking mouse at her feet.
I know, I know. It’s a little extreme. But, when you love cats, “extreme” isn’t really in our vocabulary!
So for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandmother’s Day, or any day, this is a purrrfect gift for someone who loves cats and has, or lives with, with someone who has imperfect hearing.