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.

Keeping Our Hearing Stress Levels Low

Coronavirus has infected America. For the past few weeks, we’ve watched our big and beautiful country go on lock down. Schools, restaurants, and places of businesses have closed. We are being asked to hunker down at home as much as possible. When out, we are told to keep six feet away from other people. Wash… Read more »

Loop for Better Hearing

I sat on my couch, astounded by the quality of the sound streaming into my ears. I could hear the network newscaster, announcing current events, crisply and clearly. I closed my eyes, realizing that I was understanding every word he was saying without having to view closed captions. I looked over at my husband, and… Read more »

New Hearing Aid Technology

There I was, sitting in my kitchen, listening to an unrecognizable sound. “What is it?” I asked my husband quizzically. “It’s the oven fan,” he replied. It was surreal. I was being immersed in sounds I had never heard. It was as if some sort of hearing miracle had occurred. We had installed the oven… Read more »

All the Hearing Options

There I was sitting with my audiologist, complaining about how I can’t hear in noise. I said I could hear the din but felt like I’m drowning in sound and unable to distinguish one word from another. I should not have been surprised by the change in my hearing. I sensorineural hearing loss. Years ago,… Read more »