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.

How A Friend Helped Me Hear

Meandering Through A Hearing World How A Friend Helped Me Hear I was invited to a dinner party this week. There would be a small group, the hostess told me, just seven people, and she promised a light meal. Now doesn’t that appeal? In January I’m always busy working off those five extra pounds that… Read more »

Technological Hearing Help

Meandering Through A Hearing World   Technological Hearing Help I love learning about new hearing technologies and devices. I am a member of Hearing Loss Association of America and as a member, I receive their wonderful magazine, Hearing Life. The January-February 2019 issue is filled with articles and advertisements about hearing loss devices, issues and… Read more »

Taking a Hearing Break

Meandering Through A Hearing World Taking a Hearing Break We moved to Southwest Florida fifteen years ago to escape the cold and snowy days that northern winters bring on. We can be a bit smog come January. While most northerners are bundled in sweaters, slacks, and wool socks, we enjoy wandering around in shorts and… Read more »

Meandering Through A Hearing World

A Day in a Hearing Life People often ask me what it’s like to have a profound hearing loss. I should be full of words and thoughts but mostly I don’t know how to answer this question. I live with a gamut of issues while trying to embrace hope. Living without normal hearing can be… Read more »

The Great and Wonderful Hearing Loops

Meandering Through A Hearing World The Great and Wonderful Hearing Loops My husband and I love music, so we take advantage of the many free concerts churches and other organizations offer. In the past I’ve sat through these concerts feeling left out because my profound hearing loss prevents me from hearing the fine details of… Read more »