Bio

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

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