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Linda Bilodeau

I’ve grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, I’ve faced periods of denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust and hope. But more often than not, I’ve felt annoyed, angry and frightened. I’ve encountered despair, loneliness and envy. I’ve experienced panic attacks. I’ve met understanding people, kind souls who helped me a great deal and others who thought I had nothing short of an invisible plague.

As a way of coming to terms with my hearing loss, I’ve decided to put my feelings about my disability down on paper. My hope is to better understand myself and perhaps you’ll find a little something in my meanderings that will help you, too.

The Hearing Power of the Mini Mic

Meandering Through the Hearing World The Hearing Power of the Mini Mic   Where would I be without my Mini Mic? I’ve asked this question of myself many times. In fact It is hard to imagine that there was a time when I didn’t want this helpful little device. The first time my audiologist mentioned…
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Helping Each Other Hear

Meandering Through the Hearing World Helping Each Other Hear There is much said and written about hearing loss and mask wearing and how difficult it is for people who suffer from hearing loss to communicate, particularly when doing business or in healthcare situations. I have had very frustrating hearing meltdowns at the supermarket and the…
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The Psychology of Hearing Loss

Meandering Through the Hearing World The Psychology of Hearing Loss The Hearing Loss Association of America hosted a Webinar titled: The Psychology of Hearing Loss. Don Doherty was the presenter. Don is retired from the Office of Veteran Affairs where he served as a training specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center. He has worn…
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The Hearing and Shopping Experience

Meandering Through the Hearing World The Hearing and Shopping Experience Now that I’ve had both Covid vaccine injections, I feel free to roam around the boutiques in our area. Privately-owned businesses have suffered greatly during the pandemic, and for almost a year, these shops have had to rely on online sales. As we begin to…
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What To Do After Purchasing Hearing Aids

Meandering Through the Hearing World   What To Do After Purchasing Hearing Aids After purchasing hearing aids, most people believe that hearing is a matter of popping their aids in their ears every morning and going forth into the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Your aids will need fine tuning and adjusting to…
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Living the Way You Want With Hearing Loss

Meandering Through the Hearing World Living the Way You Want With Hearing Loss As an aging and retired baby boomer, I find myself able to spend my time any way that I want. After a career in healthcare administration, adjunct lecturer in business schools, and as a project manager, I like to use my education…
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How You Sound to Others

Meandering Through The Hearing World How You Sound to Others One morning, I was giving my husband my opinion about an editorial I had read in the newspaper. Before I finished saying what was on my mind, he interrupted me. I was incredulous and a bit angry and said so. This isn’t the first time…
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What Is New With Hearing Aids

Meandering Through the Hearing World   What Is New With Hearing Aids As part of my hearing to-do list, I occasionally review new hearing technology including recent released hearing aids. It is just two months into the new year, and we are already seeing new products being introduced.    Here is what is out there.…
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There is Hearing Hope in Research

Meandering Through the Hearing World There is Hearing Hope in Research I felt very hopeful after listening to the Zoom presentation put on by the Sun City Chapter of Hearing loss Association of America. The lecturer was Victoria Sanchez, AuD, PhD. Dr. Sanchez is an audiologist and researcher with the University of South Florida.  Her…
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Vaccines, Masks, and Hearing Loss

Meandering Through The Hearing World Vaccines, Masks and Hearing Loss My husband and I cheered when our governor announced the rollout of vaccines in Florida in early January. Healthcare workers and anyone 65 or older could schedule an appointment to receive their first dose of vaccine. However, these appointments could only be made by telephone,…
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