My name is Jan, and I am Canadian.
I enjoy writing fiction and non-fiction, eating cookies, needlework, deadheading, and reading, as should all right thinking people.
I live in the Pacific Northwest near the Salish Sea, and support saving local Southern Resident Killer Whales from extinction due to human activities.
I have been writing and blogging horror fiction and tinnitus-hyperacusis non-fiction for over 10 years. My background in linguistics, audiology, and adult education—combined with over 30 years of experience coping with ghosts, tinnitus-hyperacusis, and plotting murders—have given me a broad base from which to approach many topics.
I celebrate April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, International Noise Awareness Day, World Listening Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day, Halloween, and Festivus.
Jan L. Mayes Awards & Recognition
- 2019: International Books Awards winning finalist in Health: General (Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook)
- 2019: Recommended by US Review of Books (Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook)
- 2013 Eric Hoffer Award in Non Fiction: Health (Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox)
- 2013 Recommended by US Review of Books (Tinnitus Treatment Toolbox)
Jan’s Recent Activities
- 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge
- A Writer’s Path Writing Club
- 10 Minute Novelist Facebook Group
- British Tinnitus Association tinnitus consultation group volunteer
- Action on Hearing Loss research panel volunteer
- Wilderness Committee member since 1982
- Raincoast Conservation Foundation supporter to save local Resident Southern Killer Whales from extinction
- Served on board of Right to Quiet Society in 2019
Jan’s Education & Experience
- 2010-date: Published author
- 2001-2019: Hearing conservation audiologist specializing in trauma and noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis (decreased sound tolerance), hearing protection, and progressive tinnitus-hyperacusis management
- 1995-2000: Education design and delivery specializing in workplace health and safety and hearing conservation programs
- 1994: Diploma in Adult Education, British Columbia Institute of Technology
- 1991-1994: Clinical audiologist specializing in trauma and and noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis (decreased sound tolerance), hearing protection, and clinical management programs
- 1988-1990: Clinical audiologist specializing in all ages from birth to the grave.
- 1988 MSc Audiology, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
- 1986 BA Linguistics & Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts