Regaining Hearing Leads to Book for Batesville Man

NOVEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:27 a.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR - Roger Wright of Batesville says he knows whom to credit for the return of his hearing after he woke up one day three years ago to find he was deaf in one ear.  He's written a book, "Hearing from the Sovereign Lord."

At age 55, Wright was a full-time student in the Walton School of Business MBA program at the University of Arkansas.  He recalls waking up one December morning in 2003 to discover a total hearing loss in his right ear.

He continued to attend classes but missed a lot of what was being said.  He made an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor, who found no obvious problem.  Tests were conducted and treatments prescribed, but there didn't seem to be much hope his hearing would return.  Wright said doctors call it as a sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or SHL.  With a little Internet research, Wright found that most authorities said there was a low probability that he could regain the hearing in that ear.

But his hearing returned by Christmas, and Wright said he savored every sound...the crinkle of wrapping paper, the jingle of the bells and the sounds of the carols.  It took him two-and-a-half years to write his book and get it into publication.

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