Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Aud(C), RAud, is a Canadian author and 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.
People used to reading her educational non-fiction are shocked at Jan’s dark imagination and the creepy macabre plots in her fiction writing.
- A Writer’s Path Writing Club
- Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness & Protection volunteer (non-profit)
- British Tinnitus Association tinnitus consultation group volunteer
- Action on Hearing Loss research panel volunteer (focus groups, surveys)
- 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge
- Wilderness Committee member since 1982
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 hearing health damage.
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.
- Migraines since forever
- Hyperacusis since forever
- Anxiety & depression since 1966
- Chronic pain & fatigue since 1977
- Tinnitus since 1986
- Hearing loss since 2016
Jan L. Mayes“Never give up. Never surrender.”
Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.