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Macular degeneration is a debilitating loss especially for avid readers. When reading becomes more difficult even with extra magnification and brighter reading lights, utilizing audiobooks can help readers stay active. Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus provide hundreds of titles in audio book format. Macular degeneration reading is still possible with Audible.
Some local libraries maintain a section of audiobooks. However, these are often limited selections. Moreover, depending on the progression of macular degeneration, driving may not be safe. Even trips to and from a local library may no longer be an option.
Today’s reading impaired have many new assistance options including one we use ourselves, Audible.
Amazon’s Audible program has thousands of titles available for browsing. Depending on your Audible subscription you can get a certain number of credits each month. If you don’t use all the credits in one month, they don’t expire for a year. It’s like having a library of audiobooks available on your phone or other Amazon connected devices. The Audible app is easy to use on iOS or Android devices, Amazon devices such as the Amazon Echo Dot or Mac/PC.
Macular degeneration doesn’t mean the end to reading.
When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with macular degeneration, it was hard for her to accept she’d likely lose her vision. She has always enjoyed reading. Reading is one way she works to keep her mind active especially with the memory loss she’s had for years since her traumatic brain injury. Curious to read more of her story of how her traumatic brain injury has impacted her, read it here: ”50 years with a traumatic brain injury.” While it’s possible to find some audio versions of books for free elsewhere, introducing her to audible has been a game changer. We can send her audible book suggestions so all she has to do is download it.
Audible Gift Memberships allow friends and family to give the gift of reading to anyone.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what the best gift is for someone. Giving an Audible Gift Membership allows you to pay for 1, 3, 6 months or 1 year long subscription for someone. They can then set up an Audible account and experience the benefits of reading again.
We have personally enjoyed having our Audible Premium Plus membership because it allows us to keep books. So, if we’re reading at different paces or want to come back to them later to reread, we can.