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.

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 »

Empathy versus Sympathy in Hearing Loss

Empathy versus Sympathy in Hearing Loss Anyone who suffers from hearing loss has had the same experience when meeting new people socially or in conducting business. When we don’t hear what’s being said, we wonder if we should ask the person to repeat what they’ve said or tell them about our hearing loss. I’m always… Read more »

Pop-up Hearing Technology Problems

Meandering Through A Hearing World   It happened again this morning. I was watching a news video on my iPad when I noticed my husband moving his lips. He was trying to talk to me but hooked up to my pad, I couldn’t hear him. Let me backup. My audiologist has dubbed me his Apple… Read more »