Jan L. Mayes, MSc, is a Canadian author and health and safety educator. She has the unique perspective of both having tinnitus-hyperacusis for over 30 years, and working as an audiologist specializing in science-based noise risk to disability access, communication, and hearing health as well as tinnitus-hyperacusis clinical evaluation, management, and prevention.

Her career spans hearing healthcare, health and safety education, hearing conservation, and authoring horror fiction and non-fiction noise and hearing health related articles, books, and education related writing. In her non-fiction, her books cover the mental health impact of tinnitus-hyperacusis including her own related distress and mental health issues.

Some people used to reading her educational hearing health non-fiction are shocked at Jan’s dark imagination and the creepy macabre plots in her fiction writing. Also at the f-bombs, mild or implied violence, and suggestive although non-graphic sexual content. Her fiction is usually rated PG-13 or M for mature depending on the book.

Jan retired from audiology in December 2019. She now plans to focus more available time on reading, eating cookies, deadheading, needlework, crocheting, and a little quiet activist volunteering if health permits.

She also is going to focus her writing efforts on her first love and author brand of silly, scary, or satire short stories and paranormal horror fiction including finally finishing her paranormal romance mystery trilogy that made her beta readers cry and demand plot changes. However, as a branded author, Jan has no obligation to change the fate of characters or events required to best enhance reader experience for those who like to read her style of books. If you want non-creepy, sweet romance, or happy outcome, Jan is not the fiction author for you.

Jan’s Activities



I enjoy writing horror fiction and non-fiction, with the odd dash of poetry for good measure. I’m a 2019 International Books Awards winning finalist in Health: General, and a 2013 Eric Hoffer Award winning author in non-fiction health.

I became an educational audiologist specializing in evaluation, management, and prevention of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and noise-induced occupational and public hearing health damage. I retired in December 2019.

I designed and taught safety & health educational programs including hearing conservation. I missed audiology.

I worked in evaluation, management, and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

I worked for 2 years in Fredericton, NB, Canada, doing hearing loss evaluation and management for people of all ages from babies to elders. After I discovered what winter is like as a season, I returned to the Pacific Northwest to work in Vancouver, BC.

My Team

Exercise buddies.
The doggsy twins enjoy taking long walks and chewing up government mail.
Comfort cat. Named after cheese.
Sleep specialist.
International cat of mystery.

Dear readers and visitors,

For health related reasons, I have stopped blogging and can’t respond to emails from new contacts.

Thank you for your patience. Kind regards and quiet cheers, Jan L. Mayes

Jan L. Mayes

“Never give up. Never surrender.”

Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.