Author: 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.

Hearing Mishaps

Meandering Through A Hearing World Hearing Mishaps Have you ever had a hearing mishap? A time when you thought you heard what someone said, only to find you were wrong? To my amazement I’ve had more hearing dramas than I care to remember. Not long ago, my husband and I attended a dinner dance with… Read more »

Meandering Through A Hearing World

Meandering Through A Hearing World New Hearing Technology I visited my audiologist a few weeks ago. After a conversation about how I was doing, and after he made sure my hearing aids were in working order, we talked about what is new in the world of hearing. Our discussion filled me with hope. I believe… Read more »

What You Don’t Hear in Restaurants

Meandering Through A Hearing World I can’t remember the last time I heard a waiter or waitress in a restaurant. Ten years? Maybe longer? My husband and I eat out at least once a week, sometimes more. We tend to frequent the same restaurants, our favorites we call them. But even in familiar places, we… Read more »

Meandering Through a Hearing World

Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing Hope In my journey through the hearing world I often browse the internet, searching for innovative hearing solutions. I’ve noticed that hearing aid manufacturers have made technological advancements with aids and assistive devices. Cochlear Implant manufacturers continue to improve their devices for a better hearing experience. There are… Read more »

Hearing in Unfamiliar Places

Meandering Through A Hearing World  Hearing in Unfamiliar Places Linda Bilodeau I don’t understand why traveling should create a hearing problem, but for me it does. Suffering from profound hearing loss, I do my best to stay within a realm of familiarity. It is simply easier to hear. I frequent the same pharmacy, restaurants, supermarkets,… Read more »