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 Health Resolutions

We don’t often think of our hearing in the same way that we think about our other health issues. We get wellness physicals, have our blood pressure checked, blood drawn, perhaps an x-ray or two. Unfortunately we don’t always put our hearing into the same category, and often, tucked it away as not being important.… Read more »

Holiday Hearing

Meandering Through A Hearing World All I want for Christmas is to hear has been my mantra for some time now. My husband and I kick things up when the calendar turns the page from November 30 to December 1. It’s our month to party, to celebrate, and be with friends and family. But all… Read more »

It’s Important to Hear

It’s Important to Hear While back in my hometown caring for my sick mom, I’ve had the chance to catch up with my relatives. Some have hearing issues, mostly brought on through aging. We’ve talked about how I inherited my hearing problems from my dad and how I use aids and assistive devices to hear.… Read more »

Hearing Confidence

Hearing Confidence My mother was diagnosed with cancer, and I’ve been her caregiving for the past ten days. When my sister asked me to make the three thousand mile trip to my hometown, I wondered how much help I would be. Having profound hearing loss presents challenges. How could I participate in my mother’s care… Read more »

A Good Hearing Trip

A Good Hearing Trip Recently, my sister called to say our mom had fallen ill. I had to kick it into gear as my sister and mom live three thousand miles away. It meant getting on a plane by myself and going to them, they needed my help. I despise traveling by plane. Anyone who… Read more »